A Second Look at The Anti-Terrorism Bill

A Second Look at The Anti-Terrorism Bill Professor Theodore Te was the Guest Speaker in a webinar held recently by the Makati Chapter of the IBP on the Anti-Terrorism Bill pending in Malacañang.  He presented a critical overview of the bill that has the legal community concerned about the unconstitutionality of certain of its provisions. The present law that governs the subject matter of ATB is the Human Security Act of 2007. Professor Te who teaches Criminal Law at UP, discussed some of the provisions of this law that have…

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LGBTQI+ Pride Month Free Online Lecture

The University of the Philippines College of Law hosted a free online lecture titled “Finding Fault: Marriage Equality, Judicial Deference, and Falcis”   The University of the Philippines College of Law hosted a free online lecture titled “Finding Fault: Marriage Equality, Judicial Deference, and Falcis” conducted by Professor Dante Gatmaytan on Thursday, 18 June 2020,  as part of the Estelito P. Mendoza Professorial Chair in Law. Professor Gatmaytan’s paper, proposed a framework for Courts in addressing questions of constitutionality—particularly when there is an assertion of discrimination under the due process…

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E-Notarization Survey Of Lawyers

UP-WILOCI held an e-forum on Notarization In the New Normal inviting experts in the field of law and of technology. UP-WILOCI held an e-forum on Notarization In the New Normal inviting experts in the field of law and of technology to discuss its various aspects.  In a webinar, which also launched the Manila Chapter of Legal Hackers, an open culture community of lawyers, technologists, designers, entrepreneurs, among others, that has chapters in 130 cities around the world. Atty. Elvira Duavit a WILOCI member, who is a Professorial Lecturer at the…

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Considering Interim Solutions for Notarization

Considering Interim Solutions for Notarization The business of the courts needs to continue even in extraordinary times – in the time of COVID to dispense justice using COVID measures of social distancing.  Thus, we see the emergence of the virtual or e-court as a means of facilitating the daily work of the courts around the country. Notarization of documents is a fundamental need in the country’s legal system.  Considering this need, UP-WILOCI held an e-forum on Notarization In the New Normal inviting experts in the field of law and of…

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Demise of Fundamental Freedoms

On Public Apathy, Weaponization of the Law, and the Demise of Fundamental Freedoms An Opinion piece in the Rappler on 7 May, rings alarm-bells concerning the new “norms” evolving in governance. Commenting on the shut-down of ABS-CBN, Professor John Molo who teaches Constitutional Law at UP, takes us through the process that enabled such a move – from the acquiescence to a fatal government measure, to the normalization of impunity, down to the express undermining of fundamental freedoms. The Opinion traces the many extra-Constitutional acts of Government that have honed…

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Building a Resilient Judicial System

Authors: Jay L. Batongbacal, JJ Disini, Michelle Esquivias, Dante Gatmaytan, Oliver Xavier A. Reyes, and Theodore Te (20 minutes reading time, 6,487 words) In this paper, professors of the UP College of Law recommend an implementation framework for temporary alternative court procedures to facilitate the prompt resumption of court proceedings despite the health risks posed by the COVID-19 emergency. This is in recognition of the effects of the pandemic to the judicial system, including its consequences on the efficient operation of the courts to its general impact on the rule of…

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