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DOJ to expedite 'pastillas' probe as Palace tries to explain Duterte boast
by Kristine Joy Patag - July 29, 2021 - 3:33pm
The Department of Justice will speed up its investigation into Bureau of Immigration personnel linked to the “pastillas” scheme, Secretary Menardo Guevarra said.
Indefinite suspension of Immigration staff linked to 'pastillas' bribery sought
by Kristine Joy Patag - July 28, 2021 - 5:21pm
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday told Congress and the Filipino people that he had fired the officials implicated in the "pastillas" scheme, where foreigners slipped into the country in exchange for money.
Immigration officers quietly return from suspension as 'pastillas' probes continue
by Kristine Joy Patag - July 28, 2021 - 12:10pm
President Rodrigo Duterte boasted in his last State of the Nation Address that he fired officials tagged in the “pastillas” scheme, but some are back at work while investigations continue.
'Milestone' UN-Phl rights program just spin if killings continue, HRW says
by Kristine Joy Patag - July 28, 2021 - 10:33am
A new joint program between the United Nations and the Philippines to improve human rights conditions in the country will just be "spin" in the face of continued killings during President Rodrigo Duterte’s...
With less than a year left, DOJ-led task force vows to ramp up anti-corruption efforts
by Kristine Joy Patag - July 27, 2021 - 3:38pm
With less than a year left for the Task Force against Corruption, the Department of Justice-led panel will ramp up its efforts in its drive anomalous government officials, Secretary Menardo Guevarra said.
Guevarra bats for more funding for existing legal aid to troops, cops
by Kristine Joy Patag - July 27, 2021 - 2:20pm
The police and military, as well as the Public Attorney’s Office, have mechanisms in place for free legal aid for uniformed personnel facing charges for acts done in the line of duty, Justice Secretary...
In last SONA, Duterte pitches to Congress: Pass bill for free legal aid to PNP, AFP facing charges
by Kristine Joy Patag - July 26, 2021 - 6:52pm
With less than a year left in his term, President Rodrigo Duterte pitched to Congress passing a bill that will provide free legal aid to military and cops charged over actions in line of duty.
Human rights under Duterte so far: 'Killings, threats and a terror law'
by Kristine Joy Patag - July 26, 2021 - 9:16am
Here is a glimpse of what happened in the justice and human rights sector in the past five years under the Duterte administration.
Philippines, UN ink deal for capacity-building to improve human rights situation
by Kristine Joy Patag - July 23, 2021 - 10:45am
The Philippines and the United Nations have inked a three-year joint program on human rights, following the UN Council’s October 2020 resolution outlining capacity-building and technical cooperation for the...
SC: Pleas vs ICC withdrawal moot; petitioners have no legal standing to sue
by Kristine Joy Patag - July 21, 2021 - 5:00pm
Senators, the Philippine Coalition for International Criminal Court and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines lacked the legal standing to question the government’s withdrawal from the Rome Statute, the Supreme...
'Bikoy' faces new arrest warrant for skipping arraignment on perjury case
by Kristine Joy Patag - July 21, 2021 - 10:38am
A Manila court has again issued a warrant of arrest for Peter Joemel Advincula over a perjury charge for linking Free Legal Assistance Group lawyers to a supposed ouster plot.
Court junks anti-terrorism case vs 2 Aeta farmers among first charged under ATA
by Kristine Joy Patag - July 19, 2021 - 11:01am
An Olongapo court has junked the violation of the Anti-Terrorism Act case against Aeta farmers Japer Gurung and Junior Ramos, the first known to have been charged under the much-feared law.
Government panel designates National Democratic Front as terrorist group
by Kristine Joy Patag - July 19, 2021 - 9:24am
The Anti-Terrorism Council has designated the National Democratic Front of the Philippines as a terrorist organization.
SC launches online application site for 2020-2021 Bar exams
by Kristine Joy Patag - July 15, 2021 - 2:16pm
The Supreme Court on Thursday launched its online platform for applicants in the historic 2020-2021 Bar examinations, the first digital and localized licensure test for Philippine lawyers.
SC now requires law enforcers to wear body cameras in implementation of warrants
by Kristine Joy Patag - July 10, 2021 - 11:34am
Here are other provisions on the Rules on the Use of Body-Worn Cameras.
2020-2021 Bar exams to be held in at least 16 testing centers across country
by Kristine Joy Patag - July 9, 2021 - 2:32pm
The 2020-2021 Bar examinations will be held in at least 16 testing sites across the country — a historic move by the Supreme Court — and more may be added soon, the Supreme Court said Friday.
NUJP launches emergency fund for media workers in honor of ex-chair Nonoy Espina
by Kristine Joy Patag - July 9, 2021 - 11:38am
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines has launched an emergency fund for media workers, in honor of their former chairperson Nonoy Espina.
Chief justice Gesmundo: Ruling on anti-terrorism law 'hopefully' before year end
by Kristine Joy Patag - July 8, 2021 - 5:27pm
The Supreme Court will do “its best” to come out with a decision on the 37 petitions challenging the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 before the year ends, Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo said.
Chief Justice Gesmundo thumbs down idea to abolish Bar exams
by Kristine Joy Patag - July 8, 2021 - 3:12pm
Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo has rejected the idea to abolish the conduct of Bar exams for aspiring lawyers of the country.
Nonoy Espina, journalist and press freedom champion, writes 30
by Kristine Joy Patag - July 8, 2021 - 1:00pm
Jose Jaime “Nonoy” Espina,  a journalist and champion for press freedom and media welfare, has passed away. He was 59.
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