Is the NTF- ELCAC the Enemy of the People?

‘[You] cannot attack persons for being kind and generous. That is a no-win situation for anyone.’ The community pantry movement in the Philippines is now international news. As of writing, one has even been established in Timor-Leste, in addition to the hundreds set up on all of our islands, from Aparri to Jolo, all in a week …

Patreng and Other Good Sheperds

“Let them multiply and let the forces of evil be vanquished.” The Gospel on this Fourth Sunday of Easter uses the metaphor of Christ as the Good Shepherd. In the Old Testament and during the time of Christ, sheep were plentiful, Israel being a pastoral society. Understandably, both the Old and the New Testaments make …

End the War on Law and Justice

“This isn’t an exaggeration. This is war, and it needs to end now.” A few weeks ago, a Calbayog police intelligence officer wrote to the clerk of court of the local Regional Trial Court for a list of lawyers representing “communist terrorist groups” and hoped for the court’s “kind” cooperation. The legal community immediately and …

Fidel V. Ramos and Red-Tagging

“It makes sense that the one who would want peace the most for the country is the soldier who became our greatest president.” Last March 18, Fidel V. Ramos (FVR as he is affectionately called), former president of the Philippines, turned 93 years old. According to a story in this newspaper, he celebrated this milestone …

Pagdepensa sa Ating Matatapang na Abogado

Isinulat ni Tony La Viña; Isinalin sa Filipino ni Jayvy Gamboa Original Article (Rappler); Bisaya Translation Itinatag noong 2007 ang National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers, o NUPL, at binubuo ito ng mga human rights lawyers, pati na rin mga estudyante ng batas, mga paralegal, at mga manggagawang legal, mula sa buong bansa, na pinagkakaisa ng …

Sa Pagdepensa sa mga Isog nga mga Abogado

Isinulat ni Tony La Viña; Isinalin sa Bisaya ni Dinah Faye Balleco Original Article (Rappler); Tagalog Translation Ang National Union of People’s Lawyers, o ang NUPL, nabuhat kadtong 2007 ug ginabuo sa mga human rights lawyers, mga estudyante sa pagka-abogado, paralegals, legal workers, gikan sa lain-lain nga parte sa nasud, nga giusa sa paghandom nga depensahan, …

Gross Violations of IP and Children Rights

“These incidents deserve attention from the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples.” The baseless arrest in Cebu last week of the Salugpongan teachers and elders and the forced abduction of the Lumad children are gross violations of their human rights under international and Philippine law. In particular, the Duterte government violated their right to …

In Defense of Our Brave Lawyers

Filipino Translation; Bisaya Translation ‘Today, in this country, the best example of the great lawyer is the NUPL lawyer’ The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers, or the NUPL, was founded in 2007 and is composed of human rights lawyers, as well as law students, paralegals, and legal workers, from all over the country, united by …

No to Red-Tagging, Yes to Peace Process

In her complaint for malfeasance and misconduct against government officials who have red-tagged her, Sarah Elago points out how red-tagging or red-baiting, has long been part of the government’s strategy against critics. Indeed, as Nymia Pimentel Simbulan stated in a paper published in 2011, historically, red-baiting in the Philippines has taken many forms including – …

Criminalizing red-tagging

Last Tuesday, I was a resource person of the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, Peace, Unification and Reconciliation. Senator Panfilo Lacson presided over a hearing on Senate Resolution No. 559, which directed the Senate Committee to exercise its oversight authority over the defense sector on the issue of red-tagging/ red-baiting of certain celebrities, …