FROM A LEGAL PERSPECTIVE: President Duterte’s “Bayanihan”
On the early morning of Wednesday, President Duterte signed into law Republic Act 11469 entitled “Bayanihan We Heal as One Act” (Bayanihan Act), giving him emergency powers in order to implement necessary public policies in response to the current COVID-19 epidemic. The enactment of the Act came amid public opinion that the President has no […]
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legal 2:05 AM Mar 2020
Philippine Enhanced Community Quarantine In Light of NCOVID-19 Pandemic
On March 16, 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte addressed the nation and declared an enhanced community quarantine covering the whole region of Luzon in an attempt to contain the spread of the Corona Virus Disease...
legal 10:34 AM Jul 2019
President Duterte Delivers 4th State of the Nation Address
What is SONA? The State of the Nation Address is a Constitutionally mandated obligation pursuant to Article 6 Section 15 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, which traditionally, is a speech that is prepared and...
legal 8:39 PM May 2019
The Magic 12: COMELEC Proclaims Winning Senators
Last May 13, 2019, more than 47 million Filipinos went out to cast their ballot for the 2019 midterm elections. Although traditionally not as contentious as the presidential elections, the events that have precipitated...
legal 2:17 PM Feb 2019
Martial Law in Retrospect
The People Power Revolution in 1986 marked a new beginning for Filipinos. It ushered in a new era of democracy, which has been left unfelt over Marcos’ tenure as the President of the Philippines....
legal 2:28 PM Jan 2019
Another year of martial law in Mindanao
With a vote of 235-28-1, the Seventeenth Congress approved on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, the request of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of...
legal 4:37 PM Oct 2018
SC Holds Mental Health Law Symposium
On October 26, 2018, the Ateneo Law Student Council held a symposium on the newly-enacted Republic Act No. 11036, dubbed the “Mental Health Law.” The speakers were Dr. Edgardo Juan Tolentino, Jr., a practitioner...
legal 11:15 AM Aug 2018
BREAKING: 7 SC Justices to Face Impeachment Complaints
On May 11, 2018, the Supreme Court, voting 8-6, ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno. In an unprecedented decision, the divided Court granted the petition for the issuance of a writ of quo...
legal 11:50 PM Sep 2017
A Look At: EO 26
Tobacco consumption is dangerous to the health of the smoker as well as to that of secondhand smokers—this is a fact enunciated by numerous scientific studies. In fact, smoking has been attributed as one...
legal 12:55 AM Mar 2016
It’s all in the blood: The stubborn prevalence of political dynasties in the Philippines
POLITICAL dynasty, a term as ubiquitous as the political families that embody it, is not an invention of modern society. It has been suggested that even before Magellan first set foot on “uncivilized territories,”...
legal 8:45 PM Feb 2016
Urgenda v. the Netherlands: Implications of a state caught in climate change
A Dutch climate change group wins the case for better climate policies.