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Legal News
5 Dec 2014
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Police in the Philippines are committing torture with impunity, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [report, PDF] Thursday. Although allegations of torture, inhumane and degrading treatment or punishment within the police force have increased year after year, AI says that no convictions have resulted [AI report] from these claims. … [read more]

Legal News
10 Nov 2014
by Jacqueline Jones

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday urged accountability [press release] for torture in the Philippines, noting that five years after the enactment of the Anti-Torture Act of 2009 [law, PDF], there have still been no convictions. Salil Shetty, AI's Secretary General, says that the law, considered at the time … [read more]

Legal News
11 Sep 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday urged the Philippines Congress to enact a draft law that would create an autonomous Muslim region in the south of the country. The law is to serve an important role [Al Jazeera report] in the peace talks between the government and Muslim rebels, … [read more]

Legal News
8 Apr 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday unanimously approved Republic Act 10354 [press release, PDF] expanding public access to family planning and reproductive health services. The bill, which was approved by both houses of parliament [JURIST report] and signed by President Benigno Aquino [official profile] over … [read more]

Legal News
18 Feb 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Philippines Supreme Court [official website] ruled Tuesday the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Act) [text], which penalizes libel online, is constitutional, despite a number of petitions challenging the law [materials] on the grounds that it unjustly limits citizens' rights including free speech. The Act combats various online crimes … [read more]

Legal News
9 Aug 2013
by Endia Vereen

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged [press release] the Philippine government to act to bring the killers of three local journalists to justice and stop further violence. On July 30 unknown assailants shot and killed Richard Kho, 47, and Bonifacio Loreto Jr., 59, both columnists for … [read more]

Legal News
19 Mar 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday temporarily blocked implementation of a law that provides for state funding of contraceptives. The legislation [HB 4244, PDF], which was signed into law last year following approval [JURIST report] by the Philippines legislature, establishes sex education requirements in schools, … [read more]

Student Commentary
17 Mar 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Lara Wharton, Emory University School of Law Class of 2013, discusses the human rights abuses in the Philippines...On February 25, 2013, Philippines President Benigno Aquino III signed the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act [PDF] into law. The act addresses the widespread human rights abuses that … [read more]

Legal News
25 Feb 2013
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Philippines President Benigno Aquino III [official website] on Monday signed legislation to compensate the victims of human rights abuses committed 27 years ago under the regime of former president Ferdinand Marcos [JURIST news archive]. The Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 [text, PDF] will allocate 10 … [read more]

Legal News
8 Feb 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The Congress of the Philippines [official website] on Wednesday passed a bill [text, PDF] to protect the rights of more than one million internally displaced persons (IDPs). The bill was praised [press release] by the UN Refugee Agency [official website] on Friday. If the bill is signed into law, … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jan 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Philippines House of Representatives and Senate [official websites] on Monday ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the newly reconciled version of the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 [text, PDF]. The Congress on Thursday approved the bill [JURIST report] allocating 10 billion pesos (USD … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jan 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Congress of the Philippines on Thursday approved a bill on its second reading allocating 10 billion pesos (USD $246 million) for the victims of human rights abuses committed by the regime of former president Ferdinand Marcos [JURIST news archive]. Approximately 10,000 people can claim compensation [Reuters report] based … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jan 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The Philippines on Sunday officially began a nationwide 150-day ban on the carrying of firearms in public areas in preparation for congressional and local elections slated for mid-May. Only top-officials, military and police entities will be exempt from the law's proscriptive scope, which punishes violators with up to a … [read more]

Legal News
2 Jan 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Opponents of the newly signed Reproductive Health legislation [HB 4244, PDF] petitioned the Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Wednesday to stop implementation of the law, which is set to go into effect by mid-January. The petition for injunction was filed [Philippine Star report] by James Imbong, … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jan 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Catholic Church, which remains an influential institution in the Philippines where 80 percent of the population is Catholic, on Saturday announced that it will challenge newly approved birth control legislation [HB 4244, PDF] before the Supreme Court. The Church has opposed the new law arguing [ABC report] that … [read more]

Legal News
29 Dec 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] Philippine House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales III [House profile] announced [Philippine Daily Inquirer report] on Friday that Philippine President Benigno Aquino III [official website] had quietly signed into law on the 21st of December a bill which will make contraception, birth control, sexual education, and maternal care universally available … [read more]

Legal News
23 Dec 2012
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Philippine President Benigno Aquino [official profile] on Friday signed legislation [PIA report] that criminalizes enforced disappearances. According to the Presidential Communications Operations Office [press release], the Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act of 2012 criminalizes the "arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of … [read more]

Legal News
23 Nov 2012
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] urged [press release] Philippine authorities on Friday to put a stop to the killings of Maguindanao massacre witnesses and their families. Marking the third anniversary of the infamous mass murder of journalists, AI's Deputy Asia-Pacific Director Polly Truscott remarked that as witnesses and the … [read more]

Legal News
29 Oct 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] A Philippines court entered a not guilty plea on behalf of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday. Arroyo is accused of misappropriating $8.8 million in state lottery funds while in office. The judge entered the plea for Arroyo because she refused to enter a … [read more]

Legal News
22 Oct 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] Former Philippines President and current Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [official website; BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has filed a bill [BusinessWorld report] seeking to allow the country's Department of Justice [official website] to grant "medical parole" to sick inmates. In particular, the three-page Medical Parole Act of 2012 [text, … [read more]

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