Tag Archives: The Philippines

The Philippines/ICC: Solgen wants lawyer who sued Duterte before int’l court disbarred

April 25, 2017

SOLICITOR General Jose Calida said Tuesday that he will ask the Supreme Court to disbar the lawyer who filed a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte and 11 government officials before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands.

Calida said the complaint of Jude Sabio, legal counsel of self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato, against Duterte were “malicious” and “baseless”.

“It appears that this lawyer is in the business of maliciously filing baseless suits based only on hearsays and unfounded suspicions,” the top government lawyer said in a statement.

Calida said this is not the first time that Sabio will face a complaint for filing a “groundless” case against an individual.

In 2008, the SC sanctioned Sabio for violating the Lawyers’ Code of Professional Responsibility when he filed a groundless bribery charge against Cabuyao, Laguna Municipal Trial Court of Cities Judge Alden Cervantes.

He was directed to pay P5,000 by the SC and was warned that a more severe penalty would be imposed had he repeat the questioned act.

“This perennial loser stubbornly refuses to heed the warning from the Supreme Court that if he commits the same infraction, he will be punished more severely,” Calida said. “We will see him in court,” he added.





https://www.nytimes.com/es/2017/04/25/rodrigo-duterte-demanda-la-haya/ (ESPANOL)

The Philippines: De Lima makes final SC bid for her release

April 17, 2017

Posted by Leila de Lima on Monday, April 17, 2017

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Posted by Leila de Lima on Monday, April 17, 2017

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The Philippines/UK: British father speaks of his horror after his lawyer wife was assassinated in front of their three daughters by motorbike-riding gunmen in the Philippines

April 1, 2017

Stuart Green, pictured with Mia, has called for her killers to be brought to justice in the Philippines

A widowed British father whose wife died in a hail of bullets in front of her three daughters has spoken of his horror, and called for her killers to be brought to justice.

Mia Mascarinas-Green died in February when gunmen on motorbikes pulled alongside her car and opened fire in the Philippines.

The 49-year-old was killed when 28 bullets were shot into the car before her killers tried to execute the couple’s children.

Thankfully the gun jammed and Zoe, 10, and two-year-old twins Zia and Eli survived the ordeal in Tagbilaran City.

Their father Stuart Green, 45, believes the horrific murder was linked to a case Mia, a lawyer, was working on.

He is set to return to the country where his wife was killed, but said he is fearful of being murdered himself.


The Philippines: Immediately Investigate and Remedy Arrest and Detention of Senator de Lima | Letter

March 29, 2017

Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is a committee of lawyers and other human rights defenders who promote human rights and the rule of law internationally through advocacy, legal research and education. LRWC also campaigns for lawyers and other human rights defenders in danger because of their advocacy. LRWC has Special Consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

LRWC joins the International Commission of Jurists, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Amnesty International, Filipino human rights defenders, environmental advocates, people’s organizations, and international rights groups in denouncing the arrest and ongoing detention of Senator Leila De Lima.

Senator De Lima has been a vocal and high-profile critic of your government’s “war on drugs” which has resulted in thousands of extrajudicial executions and other human rights violations, of mostly poor, defenceless victims. The arrest and ongoing detention of Senator De Lima appears to be a blatant attempt by the Philippine government to silence criticism of the “war on drugs” and divert attention away from serious human rights violations that continue to result.


On 23 February, the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court in Metro Manila issued a warrant for the arrest of Senator Leila de Lima. De Lima faces three criminal charges under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act which penalises the “sale, trading, administration, delivery, distribution and transportation of illegal drugs.” The charges are based, in part, on accusations by inmates of New Bilibid Prison. However, employees of both the Bureau of Corrections and the Philippine National Police have stated that Department of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre authorized the provision of material benefits to the inmates – including televisions, cell phones, internet access and air conditioning units – after they provided testimony against de Lima.

If found guilty, de Lima faces a sentence of 12 years to life in prison. De Lima denies all the charges against her, and has maintained that she is a victim of political persecution.



The Philippines: #Free Leila (former human rights lawyer Leila de Lima, now imprisoned)

March 28, 2017

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FREE LEILA – Members of the #FreeLeilaMovement assembled in front of the Supreme Court in Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila today (28 March 2017) to express their solidarity with Sen. Leila M. de Lima’s powerhouse legal team attending the 3rd session of the Oral Arguments of the High Court where they seek to nullify her arrest and detention for trumped-up charge of illegal drug trafficking. #OneForLeila #LabanLeila

(Leila de Lima Facebook)

The Philippines: Murder in paradise

March 27, 2017

The Manila Times Online

TWENTY-EIGHT shots were fired, eight hit their target and killed 49-year-old lawyer Manuelita “Mia” Mascariñas-Green the day after Valentine’s Day. Five bullets hit the lawyer’s neck and three her head. Green was driving home with her three young children and their yaya when they were attacked in broad daylight in Tagbilaran City, the capital of the province of Bohol. The killers got away by driving their motorcycles into a vehicle that was waiting near the crime scene.

Principal suspects Lloyd Lancer Gonzaga and Romarico Benigi-an, not hiding their faces, were identified by several witnesses. Gonzaga is the son-in-law of 52-year-old widow Conrada Otero-Blomqvist who had hired Green to handle her cases against Gonzaga. Blomqvist, her daughter and Gonzaga lived in Sweden until Blomqvist bought a 38-room resort in Brgy. Tawala, Panglao from Jovelyn Acebedo-Forsberg, her niece. Together, mother, daughter and son-in-law, were going to run the resort. In June 2015, using 20 armed men reportedly from Davao City, Gonzaga—who hails from Tagum City—took control of the resort and the Forsberg family was driven away (Bohol Chronicle).

In July 2016, Gonzaga evicted Blomqvist who then hired Green. According to Blomqvist, her niece had executed a power of attorney for the deed of sale in her favor but Gonzaga was now claiming Alona Embrace Hotel for himself. Blomqvist told Swedish news publication Expressen that she chose Green because the latter had a reputation for being loyal and for taking good care of her clients. They were like sisters, according to Blomqvist. Gonzaga and Blomqvist retained a Davao City-based lawyer when they were still on good terms. Mr. Forsberg, it turns out, still has legal rights over the resort and retains a lawyer.


The Philippines: Update on detention of former human rights lawyer Leila de Lima

March 22, 2017

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SHOW OF FORCE: Former Solicitor General Atty. Florin Hilbay (4th from right) led Senator Leila M. de Lima’s legal team on the second day of the oral arguments at the Supreme Court last March 21. De Lima is seeking relief from the High Court to nullify her arrest.

#LabanLeila #OneforLeila #FreeLeila

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