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 recited by the President of the Republic of the Philippines. It particularly addresses all-encompassing concerns and issues with regard to the […]
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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...
legal 9:51 PM Aug 2014
Why the Supreme Court [should] NOT do the math?
IS THE legality of a legal provision subject to the passage of time? In Corpuz v. People (G.R. No. 180016, April 29, 2014), the Supreme Court delved into the constitutionality of Article 315 of...
legal 3:25 PM Apr 2014
The Publication Requirement in Light of the Digital Age
Laws must come out in the open in the clear light of the sun instead of sulking in the shadows with their dark, deep secrets. – Justice Isagani Cruz, Tañada v. Tuvera, Tañada v....
legal 3:23 PM Apr 2014
Weathering Storms: State Ventures into Climate Change Action
Our world today is not the same world our ancestors lived in a few decades ago. As human society develops—and it has undergone vast changes in this respect—so does the natural world around it....