Tag Archives: The Philippines

The Philippines: No winner in ICC-Duterte tussle

June 29, 2018

The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced in February the start of a preliminary investigation into a complaint by a Filipino lawyer and two lawmakers which accuse President…

Following the withdrawal, Mr Duterte threatened to arrest the prosecutor if she conducts an investigation in his country arguing that the Philippines is no longer an ICC member, and therefore, the court…

https://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1494394/no-winner-in-icc-duterte-tussle

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/204263-no-decision-yet-international-criminal-court-duterte

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/06/05/ICC-international-criminal-court-supreme-court.html

http://manilastandardtoday.com/news/top-stories/268027/group-bucks-duterte-move-on-icc.html

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1747820/Manila/Local-News/Group-seeks-to-void-ICC-withdrawal

https://jip.ph/philippines-withdrawal-from-icc-faces-new-challenge-at-sc/

https://www.icc-cpi.int/

https://philippinenmagazin.de/2018/06/26/serie-wie-duterte-supporter-die-oeffentlichkeit-mit-falschen-nachrichten-manipulieren-der-internationale-strafgerichtshof/ (DEUTSCH)

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The Philippines: Lawyer gunned down in Rizal

June 23, 2018

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A lawyer and a security guard at a subdivision were killed in a gun attack in Cainta, Rizal on Thursday.

Joey Galit, 62, suffered six gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Manila East Medical Center.

Security guard Jesus Mateo died on the way to the Cainta Municipal Hospital.

Initial investigation showed Galit and his wife were about to leave the subdivision in a Subaru Wagon (ABH 6819) when the suspects opened fire as their vehicle approached the gate.

Mateo tried to grab one of the suspects, but he was overpowered and shot several times.

Galit’s wife was unhurt.

Witnesses said the suspects fled on foot.

Chief Superintendent Edward Carranza, Calabarzon police chief, created a task force to investigate the incident.

Senior Superintendent Lou Evangelista, Rizal police director, will lead the task force
https://www.philstar.com/nation/2018/06/23/1827040/lawyer-gunned-down-rizal#HGu9KsYghbrAgHOd.99

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/regions/657773/lawyer-guard-shot-dead-in-rizal/story/

http://www.journal.com.ph/news/provincial/lawyer-security-guard-killed-in-cainta-gun-attack

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1003188/lawyer-guard-shot-dead-inside-cainta-subdivision

https://rmn.ph/dead-on-arrival-abogado-at-security-guard-patay-sa-pamamaril-sa-cainta-rizal/ (TAGALOG)

Brazil/Colombia/Guatemala/Honduras/ Mexico/The Philippines: Stop the Killings

June 21, 2018

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“Stop the Killings” analyzes the root causes of the killing of HRDs in Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the Philippines.

The report is based on original research by Comitê Brasileiro de Defensoras e Defensores de Direitos Humanos – CBDDH, (Brazil), Programa Somos Defensores (Colombia), UDEFEGUA (Guatemala), ACI-Participa (Honduras), Comité Cerezo (Mexico) and iDEFEND, Karapatan and Pahra (Philippines).

With a forward from United Natiosn Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders Michel Forst and introduction by Front Line Defenders Exective Director Andrew Anderson, “Stop the Killings” is a vital resource for understanding the current and alarming increase of killings of human rights defenders globally.

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/statement-report/stop-killings

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/violation/killing

https://www.business-humanrights.org/en/front-line-defenders-new-report-says-majority-of-human-rights-defenders-killings-in-2017-were-related-to-mega-projects-in-extractive-industry

https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/spike-in-murder-rate-of-human-rights-defenders-472131.html

The Philippines: It’s final: SC says Sereno no longer chief justice

June 19, 2018

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld its ruling on Solicitor General Jose Calida’s petition for quo warranto that voided Maria Lourdes Sereno’s appointment as the top judge of the country.

In a full court session, the high tribunal voted 8-6 to throw out Sereno’s motion for reconsideration to overturn its ruling on the legal challenge to her appointment as chief justice.

Entry of judgment will follow, making the ruling final.

SC spokesperson Theodore Te said that the 90-day period for filling the vacancy in the Office of the Chief Justice starts today, June 19.

This is pursuant to the Article VIII

Sereno was removed from her position through a vote of her colleagues, some of whom had appeared in House hearings on a separate impeachment complaint against her. She had asked the justices to inhibit themselves from the case but none agreed to do so.

In a special en banc session on May 11, the SC voted 8-6 to declare her appointment null. Sereno, according to the ruling penned by Associate Justice Noel Tijam, was “adjudged guilty of unlawfully holding and exercising the Office of the Chief Justice.”

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/06/19/1825736/its-final-sc-says-sereno-no-longer-chief-justice

https://www.panaynews.net/duterte-destroys-supreme-court/

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1002048/sc-rejects-sereno-ouster-appeal

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/06/19/1826007/affirmation-serenos-ouster-shows-pettiness-supreme-court-opposition-group

https://www.rappler.com/nation/205239-supreme-court-decision-sereno-ouster-motion-reconsideration

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/06/19/Maria-Lourdes-Sereno-ousted-Chief-Justice.html

https://www.rappler.com/nation/205274-robredo-statement-decision-sereno-ouster-motion-reconsideration

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1002121/moot-academic-lawmakers-to-seek-dismissal-of-impeachment-case-vs-sereno

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1002015/clergymen-oppose-nomination-of-sc-justice-as-ombudsman

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/06/20/1826300/sereno-duterte-weakening-rule-law

http://www.euronews.com/2018/06/19/philippines-ousted-supreme-court-chief-lambastes-duterte

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Lourdes_Sereno

https://rmn.ph/ikinalugod-osg-nagbubunyi-sa-tuluyang-pagkakasibak-kay-sereno/ (TAGALOG)

https://mundo.sputniknews.com/asia/201806191079686710-jueza-filipina-maria-lourdes-sereno-destituida/ (ESPANOL)

The Philippines: Ax to fall on Sereno

June 18, 2018

THE final ax will fall on ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, as Supreme Court justices are expected to dismiss with finality her appeal, thus making the tribunal’s ruling sacking her final and executory, sources said.

Unimpeachable sources said the 25-page Draft Resolution circulated by Associate Justice Noel Tijam denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Sereno who questioned her removal through quo warranto proceedings.

“Wherefore, respondent’s Ad Cautelam Motion for Reconsideration is Denied with Finality for lack of merit. No further pleadings shall be entertained. Let entry of judgment be made immediately,” the source quoted part of Tijam’s resolution.

The resolution also urged the Judicial and Bar Council to speed up the process of nomination for the next chief justice.

Once majority of the members of the high court adopts Tijam’s ponencia, Sereno will become the first chief justice to be removed via quo warranto. Former chief Justice Renato Corona was ousted from his post in December 2011 after the Senate impeachment court convicted him for betraying the public trust and committing culpable violation of the Constitution.

Sereno, the country’s first female chief justice, was appointed by former President Benigno Aquino 3rd on August 24, 2012.

The SC source said Tijam’s draft ponencia maintained that Sereno must be sacked for lack of integrity and for her failure to submit Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth as required by law.

http://www.manilatimes.net/ax-to-fall-on-sereno/409561/

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/06/18/sc-decides-tomorrow-on-serenos-quo-warranto-motion/

http://politics.com.ph/tatakbo-sa-senado-invitation-for-june-19-event-hints-at-serenos-political-plan/

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1001298/sereno-i-was-just-defending-myself

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Lourdes_Sereno

The Philippines: Lawyer turns the tables on accusers

June 13, 2018

 

A lawyer accused of threats and extortion by victims of human rights violations during the Martial Law, who received reparations from the government, turned the tables on his accusers.

In a statement emailed to the Daily Guardian on June 12, 2018, Atty. Rey Gorgonio said, “a lawyer is entitled to protection from malicious attack on his person, his honor, his profession and dignity as a human being.”

He cited that on June 10, 2018, at about 2 p.m. more or less, at the Office of the Negros Press Club, my good reputation, honor and dignity as a lawyer was maliciously besmirched by persons whom I have served to the best of my ability as I was able to have their cases filed before the Human Rights Victims Claims Board approved. Thus they were awarded millions of pesos.”

He further claimed that “from March 2014 until the filing of their claims before the Human Rights Victims Claims Board, on July 3 and 4, and in the last week of September 2014, at the Bacolod People’s House, and before the Commission on Human Rights Office, Edmundo Diaz, Danilo Malimbag, Ma. Fe Tanallon, Violeta Oyos, along with many other victims of Martial Law came to my office and engaged my legal services.”

He narrated that at that time, “these persons have no money to pay for acceptance fees and other legal services, and it was them who proposed to pay me half of their award.”

Out of deep sympathy to their plight, Gorgonio said “I only settled for a measly twenty percent (20%) of their total award should they recover any from the claims board to which they voluntarily and willingly agreed. I relied on their representation and was made to believe that they will comply in good faith like my other clients have done.”

Gorgonio further said that since April to July 2014, Diaz, Malimbag, Tanallon, Oyos, along with numerous Human Rights Violations Victims during Martial Law, “were lining up in my office.”

https://thedailyguardian.net/banner-news/lawyer-turns-the-tables-on-accusers/

https://www.panaynews.net/malicious-attack/

https://www.panaynews.net/lawyer-denies-martial-law-victims-extortion-claim/

https://thedailyguardian.net/banner-news/human-rights-claimants-expose-threats-extortion/

The Philippines: Carpio wants justice for slain Camarines Sur judge

June 13, 2018

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio has denounced the killing of San Jose-Lagonoy Camarines Sur Metropolitan Circuit Trial Court (MCTC) Judge Ricky Begino.

“[We] condemn in the strongest terms the killing of the Honorable Presiding Judge Ricky Begino of the Metropolitan Circuit Trial Court (MCTC) of San Jose-Lagonoy, Camarines Sur,” Carpio said in a statement on Wednesday.

He added that, “the authorities concerned [should] take all the necessary steps with all deliberate speed to do justice for Judge Begino by fully investigating his killing.”

Begino, 49, was shot in the neck by Wilfredo Armea near his home in Barangay Sta. Maria, Presentacion town in Camarines Sur around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

READ: Judge killed in Camarines Sur

Armea was arrested in a follow-up police operation on Wednesday morning.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1000351/carpio-wants-justice-for-slain-camarines-sur-judge

https://www.rappler.com/nation/204805-pnp-arrests-wilfredo-armea-suspect-ricky-begino-killing

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/06/13/Camarines-Sur-Presiding-Judge-Ricky-Begino-shot-killed.html

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2018/06/13/1824256/cops-nab-suspect-slay-camsur-judge

http://www.manilatimes.net/suspect-arrested-in-killing-of-judge-in-camarines-sur/407771/