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

Militants question proposed ordinance banning barricades

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 November)  -– The proposed ordinance that seeks to ban barricades along roads will curtail the freedom of the people to freedom of expression, Karapatan-Southern Mindanao spokesperson Jay Apiag said on Thursday. “This ordinance proposed by Councilor Mabel Sunga Acosta that bans road blocks during rallies and protest actions clearly violates the Constitutional right of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 25th, 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

Palace: Laguna statue part of freedom of expression Manila Bulletin News

Palace: Laguna statue part of freedom of expression Manila Bulletin Malacaang said that the bronze female statue erected in San Pedro, Laguna on December 28 is part of every Filipinos right to freedo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

Hong Kong democracy camp kicks off 2019 with protests

HONG KONG, China --- Hong Kong's embattled democracy advocates kicked off 2019 with a large street rally on Tuesday, lamenting what they said had been a grim year for freedoms and steeling themselves for fresh battles with Beijing. A thousands-strong crowd --- including a small retinue of independence activists --- protested over disappearing political freedoms, rising inequality and the local government's perceived coziness with big business and Beijing. Semi-autonomous Hong Kong currently enjoys liberties unseen on the mainland including freedom of expression and the press under a deal struck with Britain before the 1997 handover. But concern is growing that those rights a...Keep on reading: Hong Kong democracy camp kicks off 2019 with protests.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 1st, 2019

Malacañang says woman s statue in Laguna part of freedom of expression

MANILA, Philippines – After the Japanese government denounced the construction of a bronze female statue in Laguna province depicting a "comfort woman," Malacañang said the installation was part of "freedom of expression." In a statement Tuesday, January 1, Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo also said that the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 1st, 2019

Police fire tear gas as protesters rally in Sudan capital

KHARTOUM, Sudan (UPDATED) – Police fired tear gas at protesters in Sudan's capital on Monday, December 31, ahead of a planned march on President Omar al-Bashir's palace calling on him to "step down" following deadly anti-government protests. Crowds of men and women chanting "freedom, peace and justice" and "revolution is the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 31st, 2018

Rizal the psychologist        

Once, two friends found a clam near the sea. They debated as to who should have it. "I," one said, "saw it first...;" "... but I picked it up," replied his friend. They went to court and asked the judge to settle the question.   The judge opened the shell, ate the meat, and divided the shell between the litigants.   This is an excerpt from Rizal's Prose, by the Jose Rizal National Centennial Commission, 1962, page 105, a witty reminder by a world-renownedFilipino national hero for those fond of resorting to the courts of justice.   Rizal's prose was tinged with both judicial and psychological contexts, but after 150 years is Rizal, with his idealism -...Keep on reading: Rizal the psychologist        .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 27th, 2018

Census confidentiality concerns worry activists

As the Census Bureau prepares for its 2020 count, concerns about new plans to question respondents about their citizenship status have taken center stage. But now, civil rights activists and others focused on the importance of ensuring a full and accurate tally of everybody living in the United States are also worried that current administrators seem to be wavering from a long-standing practice of fiercely safeguarding the confidentiality of census data. In discussing the implications of government workers asking vulnerable communities about their legal status, Department of Justice officials were reluctant to reassure members of Congress this spring that census confidentiality...Keep on reading: Census confidentiality concerns worry activists.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 18th, 2018

OPINYON: Mga Kiyaw-kiyaw sa Pag-ikyas Sa Buhis ni Jun Ledesma

ANG UNITED Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, si David Kaye, may litaniya sa mga kredensyal nga moesplikar sa […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 15th, 2018

OPINION: Whats the fuss about Tax Evasion? By Jun Ledesma

THE UNITED Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, David Kaye, has a litany of credentials which could account for […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

OPINION: Whats the fuss on about Tax Evasion? By Jun Ledesma

THE UNITED Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, David Kaye, has a litany of credentials which could account for […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

Disputed Oust Duterte Movement list is freedom of expression, Palace says

People are free to accuse others of crimes, a Palace spokesman said Monday in reference to a supposed list of people allegedly planning to oust President Rodrigo Duterte that his son briefly posted online......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

Rappler Talk: Mel Sta Maria on judicial independence and the Supreme Court

Bookmark this page to watch and join the discussion live on Monday, December 10, at 3 pm MANILA, Philippines – The appointment of Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin on November 28 led various people to question the independence of the Supreme Court. Bersamin, the third most senior ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

Malacañang to U.N. expert: Don t politicize tax case vs Rappler, Ressa

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Saturday, December 8, said that the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression is "politicizing" the tax evasion charges filed against Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) and its president, Maria Ressa. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a statement said that David Kaye, the UN ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

Revilla concealed unexplained wealth, liable for graft – dissenting justice

MANILA, Philippines – Where did the money come from? This is the lingering question of Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Ma Theresa Dolores Gomez Estoesta, one of two justices of the anti-graft court who wanted to convict former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr of plunder. He was acquitted. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

UN rapporteur urges Philippines to drop charges vs Ressa

The United Nations’ special rapporteur on freedom of expression urged the Philippine government to drop charges against Rappler’s CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018