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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Read: UP Law IHR’s Guides to the Anti-Terrorism Bill

  The recently enacted Anti-Terrorism Bill (ATB) has raised apprehensions from various sectors within the Philippines. In light of this, the University of the Philippines Institute of Human Rights (UP-IHR) director, Professor Elizabeth Aguiling-Pangalangan and senior lawyers Glenda Litong, Raymond Baguilat and Michael Tiu, Jr. drafted a Briefer entitled At a Glance: The Anti-Terrorism Bill, and a Primer: Facing Terror, to make sense of the proposed ATB. At a Glance also digests and gives a rundown of the problematic provisions under the Anti-Terrorism bill and explains its consequences from a…

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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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