The unjust detention of Leila de Lima

posted February 23, 2019 at 01:00 am by Tony La Viña “Widespread or systematic imprisonment or other severe deprivation of liberty in violation of the rules of international law may constitute crimes against humanity.” In the last column, I observed how the rule of law diminished through the actions of the Duterte government in the case of […]

Not Even Prison Walls Can Silence Duterte’s Nemesis

Amid a crackdown on independent media, the defiant Philippine Senator Leila de Lima enters her third year as a political prisoner. By Walden Bello FEBRUARY 27, 2019 Manila, The Philippines On February 13, the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation bungled the serving of an arrest warrant to Maria Ressa, the founder of the scrappy news site Rappler. […]

President Duterte’s War on Drugs Is a Pretense

He is using it to quash the opposition in the Philippines. I should know: I’m one of his victims. MANILA — Since taking office just over three years ago, President Rodrigo Duterte has not only overseen a murderous campaign on drug users and sellers. He has also unleashed a brazen assault on the country’s democratic institutions — at […]

Free Sen. Leila de Lima

by: Solita Collas-Monsod, Philippine Daily Inquirer 05:10 AM – August 17, 201 Let us admit, Reader, that our attention span is short, and sometimes our memory as well. This is why I am again writing about the case described by Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio as “one of the grossest injustices ever perpetrated in […]

Leila de Lima fights on

WALK to the end of a rough concrete path and through two locked gates and one reaches Sen. Leila de Lima’s jail cell in Camp Crame, the high security headquarters of the Philippine National Police. Visitors are not permitted to see the cell. This is a privilege reserved for only a few relatives and selected […]

Yang, De Lima and the Duterte rule of law

This column focuses on the Duterte administration’s handling of two cases: that of Yang Hong Ming, also known as Michael Yang, a Davao-based Chinese businessman; and that of Leila de Lima, senator of the Philippines. The common denominators in these two cases: drug-related and President Duterte. President Duterte, without any investigation, first implicated Sen. Leila […]

Mga Testigo Laban Kay Senator De Lima, Dapat Maging Akusado Rin Pala

Alam naman nating lahat na di totoo ang mga paratang laban kay Senator De Lima. Lumalabas na ang ginagamit nilang mga testigo ay dapat maging akusado rin pala. Mga testigo laban kay De Lima, kanya kanyang akusasyon laban sa isa’t isa Dalawang testigo  ng gobyerno laban kay Senator Leila de Lima ang nag-aakusa sa bawat […]