Crossroads in the De Lima Case

‘With no drugs traded, and no drug lords to trade them, it is highly doubtful how one can reasonably conclude that De Lima conspired to trade illegal drugs’ February will be a month to watch in the criminal cases against Senator Leila de Lima. Not only will it be the fourth-year anniversary of De Lima’s …

Guardians of Planet and People

Co-authored with Dinah Faye Balleco ‘We call on everyone to [sign a] unity statement against the red-tagging of environmental defenders in the Philippines’ One thing we are grateful in this challenging year are the people who guard and protect the environment even if it means being red-tagged, harassed, and attacked by those who benefit from …

7 Priority Actions to Manage the PH #ClimateEmergency

Co-Authored with Kristoffer Berse, Juan Pulhin, and Micah Nazal. Within 3 weeks, Typhoon Quinta, Typhoon Rolly, and Typhoon Ulysses wreaked havoc in Luzon, Philippines, resulting in widespread, severe floods, death, and destruction, all against the backdrop of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Local governments and affected communities struggled with the cyclical experience of preparation, response, and …

Last Stand in the Sierra Madre

Co-authored with Joy Reyes. In a span of 3 weeks, 5 typhoons entered and ravaged the Philippines, leaving hundreds of thousands displaced, hundreds dead, and even more affected because of the floods and inundation, power outages, and water shortages, among others. There is a connection among all these typhoons and their effects on the country, …

Policies and Measures to Combat Climate Change

The following is Part 2 in a two-part series. You can read Part 1 here. In June 2019, Philip Alston, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, issued an important report on how the climate emergency exacerbates economic inequity and social injustice. The report concluded that addressing climate change effectively required a fundamental …

In the Front Lines of the Climate Emergency

The following is Part 1 in a two-part series. You can read Part 2 here. There is no doubt about what Luzon has been experiencing in the last few weeks – the full fury of the global climate emergency. One after another, Quinta, Rolly, Siony, Tonyo, and Ulysses devastated parts of Luzon, the biggest island …

Gross Violations of Due Process in Anti-Terror Law Rules

Co-authored with Joy Reyes. The following is Part 2 of a two-part series. You can read Part 1 here. Proscription, differentiated from designation, is the process by which the Court of Appeals declares a group of persons, organization, or association as a terrorist upon the verified application of the DOJ with recommendation from the NICA and …

No Assurance from the Anti-Terror Law’s Rules

Co-authored with Joy Reyes. The following is Part 1 of a two-part series. You can read Part 2 here. Released by the Department of Justice and the Anti-Terrorism Council, the 48-page IRR lays down the guidelines and procedures of the law, and have several salient provisions, including those on warrantless arrests and delisting. Naturally, many critics, …

Welcoming the new Ashoka Fellows

Co-authored with Jose Luis Pablo. The following is Part 2 of a two-part series. You can read Part 1 here. In Part 1 of this article, we introduced the Ashoka Fellowship and the 9 previously inducted Fellows in the Philippines who are transforming systems in society to solve complex problems.  But what does it take to …

We Need Changemakers More Than Ever

Co-Authored with Jose Luis Pablo. The following is Part 1 of a two-part series. You can read Part 2 here. In human history, inequality has created borders between marginalized people and basic human rights, opportunities, and agency over their own lives. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has amplified these existing inequalities while putting up new barriers. Community …