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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

HABAGATNONG HINAGAWHAW: Ginagmayng Kahibulongan

1 Okey ra man kuno bahalag giunsa nila pag-estorya ang ilang giestorya kay nia man ta sa demokrasya maong naay freedom of expression matag usa. Pero nahibulong lang ko nganong ilang tulisokon ug panghimaraoton man ug kulang na lang nga sa pagpuspos tabangán kadtong mga nahinaway sa ilang sinultihan – ang freedom of expression diay […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Andanar silent on call for Mocha Uson to go on leave

MANILA, Philippines – Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said he respects the call of one of his department's officials for Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson to go on leave , but left it at that. "I respect Mocha's freedom of expression, and I've been respecting that since day one. And I also respect ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Mocha video on federalism no big deal to President – Roque

For President Rodrigo Duterte, the "filthy" and "vulgar" video on federalism posted by Assistant Secretary for Presidential Communications Mocha Uson on her blog is no big deal, Malacaang said on Tuesday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque told reporters that the President had been shown the video and he appeared "very cool" about it. Roque said the video was among the matters discussed in a "private talk" among the President, Cabinet Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno and himself on Monday. Freedom of expression "The President was very cool about it," Roque said. "He's first and foremost a believer of freedom...Keep on reading: Mocha video on federalism no big deal to President – Roque.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Duterte very cool about Mocha Uson federalism video

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte does not think much about the controversy sparked by the lewd federalism jingle Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson posted about. "The President was very cool about it. He’s a believer in freedom of expression...To him, it was not really a big thing," ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

Duterte thinks Mocha’s controversial federalism video is not a big thing

“The President was very cool about it. I mean, he’s a… you know, primary—he’s a first and foremost a believer in freedom of expression,” Spox Roque said during a Palace press briefing. Duterte thinks Mocha’s controversial federalism video is not a big thing The controversial federalism video of Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary… link: Duterte thinks Mocha’s controversial federalism video is not a big thing.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

5 chief justice applicants to face Judicial and Bar Council on Aug. 16

The five candidates vying for the position of chief justice will face the Judicial and Bar Council on Aug. 16 and the public can watch it on the internet......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

Interviews for applicants of chief justice set Aug. 16

THE Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) will hold public interviews for applicants of the position of chief justice on August 16, the Supreme Court announced on Friday......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

JBC sets public interview with chief justice applicants

Applicants to the chief justice post are set to face the Judicial and Bar Council in a public interview on August 16......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

Unesco denounces slay of Albay broadcaster

  LEGAZPI CITY - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) has condemned the killing of Joey Llana, a radio broadcaster in Albay. In a statement, Audrey Azoulay, director-general of Unesco, urged the authorities to investigate the case. "I urge the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice. Impunity must not be allowed to embolden those who use violence to restrict press freedom and freedom of information," Azoulay said. Llana, 43, was gunned down on July 20, while leaving his house in Barangay Peafrancia in Daraga town, to go to work at radio station DWZR where he has a block time program. Supe...Keep on reading: Unesco denounces slay of Albay broadcaster.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

JBC opens nomination for SC post vacated by Ombudsman Martires

The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has opened the nomination for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court replacing newly-appointed Ombudsman Samuel Martires. Martires has filed for an early retirement which was already granted by the high court's en banc after he was chosen by President Rodrigo Duterte to replace Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales whose term ended last July 26. The JBC, in its announcement, said applications or recommendations with a letter of acceptance and other documentary requirements must be submitted on or before September 3, 2018. The rules require applicants to submit documentary requirements, including their complete sworn statements of assets, liabilitie...Keep on reading: JBC opens nomination for SC post vacated by Ombudsman Martires.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

Public interviews for next Supreme Court chief justice set on Aug. 16

The Supreme Court announced that public interviews for the applicants of the Chief Justice post will be on August 16. The Supreme Court (SC) Public Information Office (PIO) announced on Twitter on Friday, Aug. 3, that the Judicial Bar and Council (JBC) will have public interviews with the Chief Justice aspirants on August 16, at […].....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

JBC sets public interview with chief justice applicants

Applicants to the chief justice post are set to face the Judicial and Bar Council in a public interview on August 16. Source link link: JBC sets public interview with chief justice applicants.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

Meet the applicants for next Chief Justice

Meet the applicants for next Chief Justice.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJul 28th, 2018

LIST: Who are applicants for Supreme Court Chief Justice?

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Five individuals are vying to become the new Supreme Court Chief Justice. The High Court's Public Information Office on Thursday, July 26, tweeted that the applicants include 4 SC Associate Justices and one Regional Trial Court judge. The period for nominations and applications ended today. One from this list ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

Davide questions non-mention of West Philippine Sea in draft Charter

"Why not clearly mention the West Philippine Sea? [Is it] because of the administrative fear of or love for China?" This was the question posed by former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr., one of the framers of the 1987 Constitution, during the Senate hearing on the proposed Charter change (Cha-cha). Davide pointed out that the West Philippine Sea was not mentioned in the draft federal Constitution produced by President Rodrigo Duterte's Consultative Commission (Con-con) tasked to review the present charter. "It deliberately did not mention the name West Philippine Sea but it specifically mentioned the Philippine Rise. Yet, it specifically mentions by name the Philippine Rise," h...Keep on reading: Davide questions non-mention of West Philippine Sea in draft Charter.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018