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SC justice applicants stumble on freedom of expression question

  MANILA, Philippines – What are the elements of freedom of expression? This was the question asked by Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) member and retired judge Toribio Ilao to Supreme Court Associate Justice aspirants.  The subject matter is usually tackled during the first year of law school, yet none of ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJun 14th, 2018

JBC interviews aspirants for Supreme Court associate justice

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Thursday, June 14, interviewed applicants for the position of Supreme Court (SC) associate justice. A total of 12 applicants are vying for the post to be vacated by Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr who will retire in August.  (READ:  SC justice applicants stumble on freedom of expression question ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

PH-China, SC justice applicants, Passport slots | Evening wRap

  Today on Rappler: Drilon urges Duterte to review 'appeasement policy' towards China . Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said he doesn't care if Filipino fishermen are allowed to fish Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal out of China's  "goodwill,"  as what matters is that they now have access to the shoal's resources. What are the elements of freedom of expression? This was the question asked ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

IBP denies getting compensation from Sereno

THE INTEGRATED Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Thursday clarified that they “do not receive any allowance” from Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno nor the Supreme Court” as claimed by lawyer Lorenzo G. Gadon. “We respect every person’s freedom of expression and may even try to understand his needs and motivations but truth, fairness, […] The post IBP denies getting compensation from Sereno appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

‘Freedom and Crime’ by Jun Ledesma

Letters From Davao:  AM NOT SURPRISED when some quarters are exploiting to the hilt the order of the Securities and Exchange Commission to shut down the operations of Rappler.The bannered story warns of the muzzling of the press. Rappler itself, quoting Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, wrote that if Duterte wants to close the media establishment they could have just sent the military. Of course it is the usual Rappler’s furtive way of saying it which is very characteristic of this media outfit.  But this is not about press freedom. It is about media ownership which, under Philippine laws, should be 100% owned by Filipinos. For years since the inception of Rappler, the impression was that it is fully owned by Pinoys. There are Filipinos  with extra money to spare who invested money in Rappler in the hope that they can support an independent media outfit. As every body knew, the big media establishments are tools used by the wealthy and famous to protect their interest from political predators but they end up using the muscle of the press to either promote or destroy politicians and their adversaries.  Not until SEC ordered the closure of Rappler that it came out in the open that  the notorious ON OMIDYAR had wormed its way in and into the heart and brain of Rappler. The characters behind these outfits are shrewd but not wise enough their own disclosures in their PDRs gave them away. The Philippine Deposit Receipts which Rappler through its holding company issued explicitly granted ON OMIDYAR to have a say in the operations and business of Rappler.  Ma. Ressa’s attention was called by SEC on this critical item but it appears that she was not paying attention or might have thought she can deal with the problem anyway.  Looks like she sat on the problem that even the  members of the 5-man Commission who, except for one,  are all appointees of ex-Pres. Noynoy Aquino have reach a point of decision.  As the story unravels, again it showed that there was an attempt to correct the provisions in the PDRs by submitting ON OMIDYAR’s waiver on its right to intrude into the conduct of business of Rappler. Again Rappler showed its cavalier attitude, it submitted the waiver document which was not even notarized.  Obviously even the Aquino-controlled SEC cannot take the lackadaisical attention of Ma. Ressa. It revoked the SEC registration of Rappler.  Even as it had been axed, Ressa and Pia Ranada fought back, the later calling Pres. Rodrigo Duterte names as if they reign supreme and they alone know what freedom of the press means. To add to her dramatics Pia intoned  that she is prepared to go to prison for exercising her rights of free expression. She forgot that It was Duterte who, early in his presidency signed an EO on Freedom of Information.  Ressa and Ranada wailed their press freedom had been curtailed. But such is not the case. Every word that they say saw print and broadcasted in nearly 2,000 media outlets in the Philippines and not counting the social media. The revocation of Rappler’s permit is not about freedom of the press but its violation of the constitution which succinctly underlines that media establishment must be 100% Filipino owned.   In hindsight the Duterte government was even too kind to Rappler even as it was the leading media organization that demonize Duterte in every turn. I had seriously doubted its overtures that brag it stands for truth and fairness. During the senate hearing on extra-judicial killing allegedly carried out by the Davao Death Squad which Sen. Leila De Lima and Sen. Antonio Trillanes claimed was organized by Duterte, Rappler simply swallowed what witnesses Matobato and Lascanas said.  In 2009 when as CHR Chair De Lima conducted a probe on EJK the number of victims she alleged then was less than 300. The probe lasted for months with nary a piece of evidence was found to indict Mayor Duterte. She pursued her quest to pin Digong when she became Justice Secretary but again she failed. When she became senator she became even more aggressive she placed a bungling Matobato in the witness stand. But Matobato was flawless in his delivery when he was interviewed by Time Magazine. It was unmistakable he was reading from an idiot’s card. He proudly state that as member of DDS he killed and buried more than 200 persons in an abandoned quarry. Yet he cannot find the grave of his victims.     When it was the turn of Lascanas to testify in the senate inquiry, he casually said that they buried more than 2,000 EJK victims in the same quarry.  Between the two perjured witness they  confessed to the  killing of over 2,200 victims of EJK which they buried, they said, in the abandoned quarry. It is simply a classic fantasy. A manslaughter of such magnitude cannot escape notice especially when that narrow piece of land is just about four kilometers from city hall and so adjacent to a number of housing subdivisions. Nevertheless, if they were so sure then why cannot they find a single piece of viable evidence.   In all these occasions Rappler gave the hearings liberal space and took the testimonies of the witnesses as the biblical truths. Both Rappler and Time Magazine adopted exactly the same flawed statistics which in their recent count had reached 13,000 EJK victims. I am based in Davao and frankly I am amazed […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

‘FOR THE PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO KNOW’ | Journalists, advocates stand for press freedom at Black Friday protest

Journalists and other advocates of free expression gathered at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City and the Fountain of Justice at the old city hall in Bacolod City to mount the first of a series of "Black Friday" protests for press freedom on January 19, helping make the hashtag #BlackFridayForPressFreedom trend the most on Twitter......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

Calida eyes raising Trillanes ruling to Court of Appeals

The legal battle between the administration and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV is not yet over as the Office of the Solicitor General will question before the appellate court the Makati regional trial court’s ruling denying the justice department’s plea to have the senator arrested on coup d’etat charges......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News10 hr. 32 min. ago

Mariano del Castillo to lead screening of chief justice applicants

Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo will lead the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) in screening aspirants for the top judicial post vacated by the retirement of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro last week......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

Bangladesh editors protest ‘anti-press’ digital law

DHAKA, Bangladesh --- Bangladeshi newspaper editors on Mondaystaged a protest demanding sweeping amendments to a newly enacted digital law that journalists and rights groups say will curb freedom of expression. Critics say the measures --- including prison sentences for spreading "negative propaganda"--- are an attempt by an increasingly autocratic Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to stifle dissent in the South Asian nation. Sixteen members of the Sampadak Parishad, a council of top editors, stood in front of the national press club in Dhaka, holding their hands to form a human-chain -- a popular form of protest in Bangladesh. They also held a banner that read "abolish the anti-...Keep on reading: Bangladesh editors protest ‘anti-press’ digital law.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

Rights lawyer says gov’t ‘mounting war on humanity’

      The Duterte administration is "mounting a total war on our entire way of life, freedom we fought so hard for and our humanity," human rights lawyer Jose Manuel "Chel" Diokno said on Tuesday.   Diokno lamented that the government "concealed the truth" that justice was only possible for the rich and powerful and police could act with impunity.   "By feeding us constantly with lies, fear and violence, they are forcing us to swallow the illusion that justice is being done and society is being protected--to conceal the truth that justice is only for the rich and powerful, that the police can act arbitrarily and with impunity, and that li...Keep on reading: Rights lawyer says gov’t ‘mounting war on humanity’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

AFP s red-tagging a threat to freedom of expression – artists, directors

MANILA, Philippines – Groups of artists, directors, cultural workers, and academics cried foul over claims by the Philippine military that several Metro Manila schools had become “fora for communist recruitment” through film screenings about martial law and other nationalistic themes.  “This is red-baiting and slander of the worst kind,” read a statement ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 5th, 2018

‘Habal-habal’ judge hopes to end his career on a high note; vies for SC post

A son of a fisherman is hoping to end his more than 40-year career in government service on a high note by trying his luck at the Supreme Court. Court of Appeals Associate Justice Edgardo L. Delos Santos, a native of Palompon, Leyte has applied for the first time to the Supreme Court even if he is already among its most senior justices. "I deferred to seniority since there were more senior justices. I did not apply. Later on, I realized that some applicants were more junior to me," Delos Santos told members of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC). "This is the right time for me to try my luck at the Supreme Court since I am already 66 and has been in the government service for...Keep on reading: ‘Habal-habal’ judge hopes to end his career on a high note; vies for SC post.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

Palace leaves dealing with latest Mocha video to Andanar

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque told reporters at a press briefing Tuesday that: "As far as the President is concerned, his tolerance for freedom of expression is very high.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Turkey court rejects plea to open Hagia Sofia for Islamic prayer

  Istanbul,Turkey-- Turkey's top court on Thursday turned down a plea to open the Hagia Sofia, an Istanbul landmark that is now a museum after serving as both a church and a mosque over its long history, for Muslim worshipping.   The Constitutional Court rejected an association's demand that the Hagia Sofia be opened for Muslim prayers on "non-competence" grounds, indicating it was not the proper instance to allow any change, the official Anadolu news agency reported.   In its plea, the association had claimed that barring prayers at Hagia Sofia was breaching the right to freedom of expression and conscience.   The Haberturk website said the d...Keep on reading: Turkey court rejects plea to open Hagia Sofia for Islamic prayer.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

Google case set to examine if EU data rules extend globally

LONDON --- Google is taking its legal fight over whether "right to be forgotten" rules should apply to search engines globally all the way to Europe's top court. The technology giant is set for a showdown at the European Union Court of Justice in Luxembourg on Tuesday with France's data privacy regulator over an order to remove search results worldwide upon request. A group of media and press freedom groups are also joining Google's case, saying that forcing internet companies to remove website links to comply with a European Union ruling threatens access to information. The two sides will be seeking clarification on a 2015 decision by the French regulator requiring Google to re...Keep on reading: Google case set to examine if EU data rules extend globally.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

DILG official: Freedom of expression in call for revolutionary gov t

MANILA, Philippines – An official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said that his push for a revolutionary government or "RevGov" under President Rodrigo Duterte was part of his "freedom of expression."  In an interview with ANC on Friday, September 7, DILG Undersecretary Epimaco ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 8th, 2018

What s the relevance of the International Criminal Court to Filipinos?

MANILA, Philippines – What's the importance of the Rome Statute to the ordinary Filipino? Replying to this question by Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa during oral arguments on Tuesday, September 4, on the withdrawal of the Philippines from the International Criminal Court (ICC), counsel for senator-petitioners Barry Gutierrez ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Anwar Ibrahim remains passionate about justice, freedom

DATO Seri Anwar Bin Ibrahim, the former deputy prime minister and finance minister of Malaysia vowed to continue to fight for justice and freedom. “What I learned is that my passion for justice and freedom is far more stronger than before I was incarcerated,” Anwar said in his speech during the Management Association of the [...] The post Anwar Ibrahim remains passionate about justice, freedom appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

2 Tedurays killed, 1 abducted in Maguindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 03 September) – Tribal leaders of Lambangian Teduray on Monday condemned the killing of two of its members and the abduction of another one allegedly by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Datu Hofer, Maguindanao. Santos Unsad, deputy tribal chief of Timuay Justice and Governance, said the whole tribe of Teduday […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Duterte: ‘Rape joke? It’s freedom of expression’

President Duterte yesterday cited freedom of expression to justify his latest remark on rape and to defend presidential communications assistant secretary Mocha Uson, who has been accused of poking fun at federalism......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Duterte justifies his rape joke as freedom of expression

President Duterte cited freedom of expression to justify his remark on rape in his hometown Davao City, the latest in the growing list of his statements that critics find unacceptable. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018