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FULL TEXT: Supreme Court addresses calls for action on attacks on lawyers, judges

Below is a copy of the statement read by SC spokesperson Brian Hosaka on Tuesday afternoon:.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMar 23rd, 2021

Lawyers urge Supreme Court to hold Badoy accountable

“We call on the Supreme Court to not let this pass and to take immediate, concrete and firm action to protect justice actors and rule of law. The Court must hold accountable those who threaten and malign our judges and lawyers." The post Lawyers urge Supreme Court to hold Badoy accountable appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsOct 1st, 2022

Groups urge SC to act on attacks against rights lawyers and clients

“An urgent and decisive action from the Supreme Court is a matter of life and death for activists and human rights defenders especially now when we are being increasingly targeted in the government’s counterinsurgency and counterterror campaign for our work and causes." The post Groups urge SC to act on attacks against rights lawyers and clients appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsMay 19th, 2021

NUPL cites attacks vs. judges, lawyers in complaint before UN

“These attacks on officers of the court have to stop once and for all. If lawyers are hampered from freely and independently exercising their profession and if judges are threatened for their judicial decisions, access to justice and judicial independence will suffer,” Deinla said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 11th, 2022

Chief justice: SC working on issues on search warrants, attacks on lawyers

The Supreme Court under the helm of recently-appointed Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo is working on the guidelines on the use of body-worn cameras in police operations and revision of guidelines on the issuance of search and arrest warrants......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 11th, 2021

Supreme Court condemns killings, threats against lawyers and judges

“At this crucial juncture when the other institutions have defaulted on us, we fervently welcome these bold and unequivocal declarations, initial steps and further plans from our very own refuge.” The post Supreme Court condemns killings, threats against lawyers and judges appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2021

A threat on a lawyer is an assault on the Judiciary, SC says amid rise in lawyer killings

In a rare move in the face of escalating attacks on lawyers, the Supreme Court said its stands by members of the legal profession and will not let injustices outside its halls go undenounced......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2021

SC: Calbayog court confirms receipt of PNP request on list of lawyers for communist terrorist groups

Supreme Court spokesperson Brian Hosaka told reporters said the Calbayog Regional Trial Court confirmed the receipt of the request on Friday afternoon, “but no action has been made by them on the request.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 12th, 2021

Killings of lawyers and judges being addressed & mdash; SC

The Supreme Court has been meeting with leaders of various government agencies, particularly the Department of Justice and law enforcement agencies, in the investigation of the killings of judges and lawyers in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 20th, 2021

P245 M allocated for Judges-at-Large Act; Angara sees faster resolution of cases

Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara assured the Judiciary Sunday it would be able to expedite the adjudication of several pending court cases with the funds Congress provided for the appointment of judges-at-large under the 2021 national budget.  Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara (Senator Sonny Angara Official Facebook Page / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Angara, chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, said a total of P244.988 million was included in the budget of the Judiciary for the implementation of Republic Act 11459 or the Judges-at-Large Act.Enacted on Aug. 13, 2019, the law mandates the creation of judges-at-large posts for the regional and municipal trial courts in order to decongest the courts of its dockets.These judges-at-large would have no permanent salas and may be assigned by the Supreme Court as acting or assisting judges to any Regional Trial Court (RTC) or Municipal Trial Court (MTC) in order to decongest the courts of its dockets.“For 2020, the first year of implementation of the law, we provided funding to cover for the creation of 50 judges-at-large posts,” Angara said in a statement.“For 2021, we will double the number of posts to 100 as requested by our Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta,” Angara said.The senator also said these judges-at-large are entitled to salaries, privileges, allowances, emoluments, benefits, rank, and title of regular RTC and MTC judges.Angara also said the Judiciary’s budget for 2021 also includes a P50-million augmentation to cover for the deployment of Judiciary marshals to secure the justices, judges, and other court officials.He said the inclusion of this funding was prompted by the appeals of the Judiciary for the creation of a judicial marshal service as the threats and attacks against judges and other court officials continue to take place in the country. The Senate is set to approve Senate Bill No. 1947 or the proposed Judiciary Marshals Act, of which Angara is one of the authors. Once approved, an office of the Judiciary marshals would be established under the Supreme Court and its continued funding will be ensured as part of the annual General Appropriations Act (GAA).“We want to sustain the implementation of the Judges-at-Large Act to help ensure the delivery of speedy justice in the country,” the lawmaker said.“With the appointment of more judges, we can expect to see the resolution of more cases and eventually free up the courts of its backlog,” Angara added. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

Lawyers demand action over rise in attacks on colleagues

"When lawyers, judges, prosecutors and workers in the justice sector are murdered with impunity and alarming regularity, no one feels safe, our people lose trust and faith in our government and its justice system, and the unscrupulous are emboldened to take the law in their criminal hands," the letter reads. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2020

Why public can’t access SALN of magistrates

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta defended the High Tribunal’s restriction of public access to the Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs) of magistrates. Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta (FACEBOOK / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) “We cannot release the SALN because there are matters there that are confidential in nature,” Peralta said during an online press briefing. The Chief Justice said that the SALN contains information like the addresses of judges and their family members which could be used by parties in influencing the decision-making of cases. “You can just imagine ‘yung mga judges na nagdecide ng cases against somebody (What might happen to judges who decided on cases against somebody),” he said. Because of this, Peralta said the SC has implemented guidelines which restricts public access to SALNs of magistrates. “We came up with the guidelines that we can only release ‘yung summary,” the Chief Justice said. Last September, the SC denied the requests of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) and lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon for copies of the SALN of SC Associate Justice Marvic Leonen. Gadon has filed a letter of appeal to the SC insisting that it should release Leonen’s SALN since the magistrate has allegedly skipped the filing of SALNs when Leonen was still teaching at the University of the Philippines (UP). In a letter addressed to SC Clerk of Court Edgardo Aricheta, Gadon said “the right of any citizen for access on SALNs is clearly provided under the law.” “With due respect to the Supreme Court, the denial only invites suspicion among the public that the Supreme Court is hiding something in so far as the SALNs of AJ Marvic Leonen are concerned and that it cannot also escape public suspicion that the Supreme Court is giving AJ Marvic Leonen a special treatment and protection which I hope is not true,” the lawyer warned. Gadon pointed out “there is no lawful nor valid reason why my request for the certified copies of the SALNs of AJ Marvic Leonen cannot be granted.” “The Supreme Court granted the same request in the case of Atty. Maria Lourdes Sereno hence it should be granted in the instant request for SALNs of AJ Marvic Leonen,” he reminded. Prior to Sereno’s ouster in 2018 as chief justice, Gadon was able to secure from the High Tribunal copies of her SALNs. Sereno was ousted as Chief Justice in 2018 after the SC granted the quo warranto petition of the OSG which sought to invalidate her appointment at the High Tribunal over violations in skipping the filing of her SALNs when she was still a law professor at the University of the Philippines (UP). “If Atty. Lourdes Sereno was ousted from the Supreme Court due to lack of integrity as exemplified by her non-filing of SALNs in UP for many years, then there is no reason why the same standard should not be applied to Associate Justice Marvic Leonen,” said Gadon who also alleged that Leonen had skipped in the filing of SALNs when he was still a UP law professor......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

Rights groups slam MMDA spox for ‘drama serye’ remark on detained activist

Human rights groups slammed Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Spokesperson Celine Pialago following her “drama serye” remarks at detained activist Reina Mae Nasino who recently buried her three-month-old daughter River.  Kapatid, a support group for families and friends of political prisoners, said those who downgrade what happened to the political prisoner are only trying to “cover the government’s gross violation of human rights.”  “The story of Reina Mae Nasino and her 3-month-old child who died last week is not ‘drama-serye.’ It is a real story that exposed the countless injustices committed by the government,” it said in a statement released on Sunday.  “MMDA Chair Danny Lim, a former political prisoner himself, should have long shown the door to his spokesperson. It should be obvious by now that sensitivity cannot be taught nor proper manners and right conduct if one is empty-headed,” it added. Meanwhile, National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) President Edre Olalia was more restrained, saying they would “do the same thing if she was in Ina’s position and circumstance. “To start with, we will never ever wish this horrible tragedy and injustice to visit the Asec, her mother, her daughters, her sisters and her aunts,” he said in a Facebook post. Despite having nothing to do with traffic, Pialago felt the need to “use her voice as a Filipino” to share her two cents on Nasino’s case. “Hindi lahat ng inang nakakulong ay nakapunta sa libing ng kanyang anak. Kaya yung mga sumisimpatya kay Reina Mae Nasino, pag aralan niyo mabuti ang dahilan bakit siya nakulong at kilalanin niyong mabuti kung sino siya sa lipunan (Not all jailed mothers get to visit their children’s funeral. So all of those who sympathize with Reina Mae Nasino, study well why she was imprisoned and know who she is and what her role is in society),” she said in a Facebook post on Sunday morning. “Masyado ninyong ginagawang pang drama serye sa hapon ang paghihinagpis niya. Tigilan niyo (You are trying to make her grief like an afternoon drama serye. Stop it)!” she added. Nasino was five months pregnant with River when she was arrested in November 2019 for allegedly being found with firearms and explosives at the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Manila Office in Tondo, Manila. Her lawyers have insisted that the pieces of evidence were planted and that the charges filed against her are trumped-up. She gave birth to River on July 1 at the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Medical Hospital on July 1. She and her baby were returned to the Manila City Jail 48 hours later. Before this, she filed a motion before the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) to allow her to breastfeed her daughter for a year at the hospital or a prison nursery.  But Manila RTC Branch 20 Judge Marivic Balisi-Umali denied this, saying that the jail has “very limited resources” for the care of her child.  Nasino was also among 22 elderly and medically-compromised detainees who filed a motion for their compassionate release amid the pandemic on April 8 before the Supreme Court. But months later, the High Court ruled that the trial courts will be the ones to decide on their temporary release. On August 13, the activist-mother was ordered to turn her child over to her relatives.  River was admitted at the Philippine General Hospital for fever and diarrhea on September 24. She was placed in the intensive care unit on October 9 where she died a few hours later.  A few hours before her daughter died, Nasino filed a very urgent motion for furlough so she can be with her child in her dying moments. On October 13, Manila RTC Branch 47 Judge Paulino Gallegos granted her three full days from October 14 to 16 to be by her daughter’s side during the wake and burial.  But the next day, he cut Nasino’ furlough down to only six hours from 1 to 4 p.m. on October 14 and 16 after receiving opposition from the Manila City Jail. The Manila City Jail cited lack of personnel, health concerns, and a guideline stating that detainees can only be at their loved ones’ burial and wake for a maximum of three hours. For both the wake and the funeral, Nasino was clad in a full set of personal protective equipment, handcuffed, and flanked by numerous uniformed personnel.  Tensions rose during the wake after her escorts tried to pull her away twice before her time was up, eventually escorting her out with 20 minutes to spare before 4 p.m. On October 16, Marites Asis, Nasino’s mother, had to kneel and beg in front of the police to allow them to hold funeral at 11:30 a.m. The cops wanted to delay it until 1 p.m. Police also sped off with River’s hearse to the Manila North Cemetery, leaving her family behind and thwarting activists’ plan to conduct a caravan around the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals before burying her at the cemetery. Nasino’s counsels at NUPL earlier said that they will file charges against those involved in the activist’s treatment during her daughter’s wake and burial. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

SC disbars lawyer for Lapid family

One of the lawyers for the family of slain radio broadcaster Percy Lapid has been disbarred by the Supreme Court for posting on social media a draft complaint for plunder in 2019......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2023

Public warned vs chief justice’s poser

The Supreme Court yesterday warned the public against an individual posing as Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo in text messages......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2023

Judiciary marshals office to open next year

There are no “major challenges” besetting the creation of the Office of the Judiciary Marshals which will be tasked with protecting the judiciary including its judges and other personnel, the Supreme Court said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2022

SC reminds lawyers vs breaking Attorney-client privilege in social media

The Supreme Court has reminded lawyers that posting communications with their clients on social media may result in a disbarment case......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 14th, 2022

Timeline | Attacks against Filipino lawyers, judges

The NUPL has recorded a total of 262 work-related attacks in the past 15 years, including that of 86 lawyers, judges and prosecutors. Five of whom were members of the NUPL. The post Timeline | Attacks against Filipino lawyers, judges appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2022

SC: Bar exams to proceed despite storm

This year’s Bar examinations will proceed as scheduled this month, the Supreme Court said yesterday, rejecting calls to have it postponed due to the damage caused by Severe Tropical Storm Paeng in several parts of the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2022

SC orders Badoy to comment on lawyers indirect contempt plea vs her

The Supreme Court has ordered former Palace official Lorraine Badoy-Partosa to answer the petition filed by lawyers asking the tribunal to cite her in indirect contempt for her posts against Manila Judge Marlo Magdoza-Malagar......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 19th, 2022

SC warns judges vs misbehavior

Reminding judges to remain committed to the highest ethical standards of the judiciary, the Supreme Court said it would not be lenient about any misbehavior as the SC embarks on a campaign of improvements and innovations for the judicial and legal profession......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 9th, 2022