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,” the pre-colonial Philippines had a form of government which shared something in common with the “civilized” 15th century Europe; a government […]
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.
legal 2:51 PM Feb 2015
A soaring eyesore: Torre de Manila’s construction threatens Rizal Park’s skyline
Torre de Manila, DMCI Home’s latest one-tower condominium development located in Manila City, is under heavy criticism for defacing the view of the Rizal Monument in Luneta Park.
legal 9:11 PM Jan 2015
#MRTChallenge and #BusChallenge: Do we really have to take it everyday?
A regular Filipino commuter wakes up between 4 to 5 AM everyday in order to avoid the early morning rush going to the school or office. The darker outside it is, the better. Unfortunately, all...
legal 9:40 PM Nov 2014
Revisiting the Maguindanao Massacre: Half a decade later
Five years after the gruesome tragedy, the wheels of justice are still grinding at an excruciatingly slow pace. This is partly attributable to the penchant of the defense to use dilatory tactics. It took...
legal 5:38 PM Nov 2014
DRRM Act: The law in times of disasters
It can be argued that the number of casualties and the extent of the damage brought about by such disaster could have been eliminated or, at the very least, minimized had proactive steps been...
legal 9:48 PM Aug 2014
A PLAIN OF THEIR OWN: What happens after the expiration of CARPER?
For several decades now, the plight of the Filipino farmers has reached plateaus of triumphs and valleys of failures—mostly based on the legal and socio-political fluctuations in the administration of agrarian reform. The issues...
legal 10:05 PM Aug 2014
SC upholds Marital Rape: Women’s Victory
MARRIAGE does not give the husband the right to own his wife’s body,says Justice Bienvenido Reyes in writing the first Supreme Court decision in the Philippines upholding marital rape. Such striking line speaks volume...
legal 10:05 PM Aug 2014
Drink and Drive No More
In law school, the easiest way to unwind after a heavy day of case reading and recitations is to go drinking. Simple and easy, just head on to Draft at Powerplant after class or...
legal 10:03 PM Aug 2014
NTC orders telecommunication companies to refund text overcharge
HOW WOULD you react if you find out that you are actually entitled to a 20-centavo refund for every text message you sent for the past three years? The refund would come in handy...
legal 10:01 PM Aug 2014
Ethics and a public officer’s unconventional order
PHILIPPINE politics has been characterized as ever-colorful and dynamic as it is composed of people with a wide-ranging mix of personalities. Among which is Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of Davao City, whose rise to popularity—or...