West Philippine Sea woes in the time of COVID-19

Professor Jay Batongbacal has been the ‘go to’ maritime law expert, along with retired Supreme Court Justice Carpio, in raising public awareness of developments in the West Philippine Sea. In the week of 20-24 April 2020, media carried reports of China’s continuing encroachment in the Spratleys and the Paracels notwithstanding the global preoccupation with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two concerns raised in the past week were the building of mental health stations on occupied islands and reefs in the West Philippine Sea and “China’s creation of [two] new administrative districts” in the Paracels and Spratly Islands Dr. Batongbacal warned that “Absence of protests on the part of other countries, especially those directly affected, will be seen as acquiescence or recognition of the exercise of such control as valid.”

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Dean Fides Cordero-Tan: UP Law Helps Online Legal Assistance Goes Live Monday, 20 April

I am pleased to announce that on Monday, April 20, 2020, at 8:00 in the morning, #UPLawHelps will go live. This is an online legal assistance platform conceptualized and designed to handle requests for legal assistance, legal advice and education, and if necessary, legal representation for issues arising from the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine. You may access UPLawHelps through this portal: https://law.upd.edu.ph/uplawhelps/ or directly email us at uplawhelps@up.edu.ph. #UPLawHelps brings together the commitment, passion, expertise, resources, and networks of the entire UP Law Community — faculty, REPS, staff, students,…

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UP Law Stetson Team Prevails in Live Online Moot Competition

  The UP Law Stetson Team made it to the Quarterfinals in the International Rounds of the 24th Annual Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition! This is the first time that UP Law has competed in a live online moot court competition. The team likewise had the best-ranked speakers during the three-day tournament. Urania Estrellita Lindo was recognized as the Best Oralist of the Preliminary Rounds while Beatriz Anna Balbacal was awarded 3rd Best Oralist of the Preliminary Rounds.   Due to unique circumstances, the International Rounds were held exclusively…

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How the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” is meant to work

With the enactment of R.A 11469 or the "Bayanihan to Heal as One Act" constitutional law scholar Prof. Dante Gatmaytan’s opinion was sought by Rappler editor-at-large, Marites Vitug, in an interview on 30 March .  The law passed by Congress on 24 March grants the President limited emergency powers for a period of three months, to oversee the COVID-19  health crisis. The trakeaway from the interview was that the law should help the President facilitate the procurement of all health related needs to combat the COVID-19  crisis.  Professor Gatmaytan explained…

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Reflections on the Bayanihan Act or Republic Act No. 11469

Reflections on the Bayanihan Act or Republic Act No. 11469 (“the Act”) with Matrix of Presidential Powers Under Existing Laws to Meet Emergencies, Including the Covid-19 Crisis (5 minutes reading time, 1,249 words) The article summarizes the discussion among UP College of Law professors belonging to the Constitutional Law Cluster on Republic Act No. 11469 or Bayanihan Act. It also contains a comparative chart of the presidential powers in the Bayanihan Act and existing statutes. Emergency powers do not justify violations under the Bill of Rights, particularly freedom of expression…

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Emergency Powers in the time of COVID-19

Emergency Powers in the time of COVID-19 Even as a "public discussion" of whether a grant of emergency powers to the President was called for at this time, Congressional action passed on such authority to the Executive, as reported on 23 March 2020. Two law professors from the UP College of Law were sought out by media for their legal take on the subject. Professor Dante B. Gatmaytan - interviewed on 22 March and Professor Antonio La Vina in an Opinion on 23 March - both argued against the proposal.…

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