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Binay is still on top

The reality is that despite his detractors having thrown the kitchen sink at him, Vice President Jejomar Binay remains the top choice of the country for the Presidency in 2016. This hardly comes as a surprise given his proven managerial skills as chief executive of the country’s financial center, and his credentials as a lawyer, […]

Re-examining freedom of expression

I have been the foremost advocate for freedom of expression, at least in the legal profession. I have always said that this freedom is ever important for it enables us to know the truth. It also enables us to form opinions, which taken collectively, have been proven in fiscalizing governments. For instance, we now know […]

Centerlaw Statement on the Maguindanao Massacre Prosecution

Centerlaw supports the public prosecutors in their decision to rest the case against the 28 accused last March 4. Centerlaw, an affiliate of Media Legal Defence – Southeast Asia, represents families of 13 media victims and 2 other civilian victims. With this decision to rest, the prosecution panel has completed its role in presenting evidence […]

P Noy: Why have thou forsaken us?

I wondered what P Noy would say in this year’s SONA about the Maguindanao massacre and other cases of extralegal killings in the country. Since becoming President, he has consistently said something about this malaise. This may be because when he still seeking the people’s mandate, he sought an audience with our clients and promised […]

Ampatuan victims open to negotiated settlement due to delay in trial

Story from Vera Files and Yahoo Philippines TIRED of the slow pace of justice, relatives of 14 of the 58 fatalities in the November 2009 Ampatuan massacre had signed an agreement with an “emissary” of the accused to negotiate the settlement of the murder case for P50 million. But no settlement has been reached to […]

AMPATUAN VICTIMS TO SEEK REDRESS WITH UN COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS. 14 Victims signed authority to negotiate a settlement with Ampatuans

On the occasion of the 43rd month commemoration of the Ampatuan massacre, Prof. Harry Roque, Chairman of the Center for International Law and Private Prosecutor of 17 media victims of the massacre, announced that their clients will resort to a filing of a communication with the United Nations Human Rights Committee for the Philippine government’s […]

New Encounter with Ampatuan Suspects

From our informant on the ground: another Pvt armies of d Ampatuan headd by a person known as Kagi Daynga (KD) raidd by CIDG-PNP backup by AFP at Sarip Aguak, Mgd dis morning. KD & his group resisted but he died. encuentro stil going on as of dis time. per raw info: dead c Kagi […]

SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO HASTEN THE “TRIAL OF THE CENTURY”

As we commemorate TODAY the third year anniversary of the ghastly Ampatuan massacre, let me reiterate my proposals to hasten the prosecution of the so-called trial of the century: 1.    For Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas- Resolve with dispatch our pending administrative cases against 62 policemen who were also charged criminally for the […]

The nerve of Hun Sen

The nerve of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to say that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has opted not to internationalize the West Philippine Sea dispute! The group in fact approved no such resolution.  If at all, Asean has failed to make any stand on the matter. But this is not to say that […]

A blow to freedom of the press

In an en banc resolution signed by its clerk of court, the Supreme Court reversed itself on the issue of live media coverage of the Ampatuan massacre case. In its earlier decision, the court belittled the accused’s argument that live coverage will imperil his right to be presumed innocent since it will amount to a […]

UP Law 1990 and Judicial Affidavits

You have to give it to Mark Meruenas of GMA news online. Of the ten or so reporters covering the Maguindanao massacre, only he reported that Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s latest judicial reform, the use of judicial affidavits, has been practiced in the controversial case involving the gruesome death of 58 victims. In a […]

The one hundred and second

545 views Good news to the families of the 58 victims of the infamous Maguindanao massacre. Shortly after the 1000th day anniversary of the massacre, Datu Ulo Ampatuan, brother of recently arrested and injured Ipeh Ampatuan, son of Anwar Ampatuan, grandson of Andal Ampatuan Sr, became the 102nd suspect to finally be apprehended for the […]

DISMISSAL OF REBELLION CHARGES V AMPATUANS HAVE NO BEARING ON MURDER CHARGES

The Center for International Law and the Southeast Asia Media Defence Network , counsel for 15 victims of the Maguindanao massacre, stress that the recent dismissal of the rebellion charges against the Ampatuans have no impact on the 57 counts of pending multiple murder charges currently pending in Branch 221 of the Regional Trial Court. […]