Prosecutor, judge and executioner

 By: Joel Ruiz Butuyan For the first time in our nation’s history, we have a President and a Vice President who both started out as reluctant candidates. Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Maria Leonor Gerona Robredo took their respective oaths of office as the 16th President and 14th Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines […] More →

Comelec told: Explain, act on data leak in 24 hours

 Ex-NSCB head Jose Ramon Albert and CenterLaw Philippines will file an administrative complaint against the poll body with the National Privacy Commission after the 24-hour deadline By Michael Bueza @mikebueza MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has been given 24 hours from Monday, April 25, to act immediately on the massive online leak of voters’ […] More →

A tale of two countries

 By: Joel Ruiz Butuyan IT HAS 147 volcanoes compared to the Philippines’ 53. It has 300 native languages against the Philippines’ 187. It has 10,000 more islands and 150 million more people than the Philippines. The Republic of Indonesia is the world’s biggest archipelago and the country with the world’s biggest Muslim population. I was […] More →

Beacon of freedom in Southeast Asia

 FLEA MARKET OF IDEAS Beacon of freedom in Southeast Asia By: Joel Ruiz Butuyan “HOW DID you do it in the Philippines?” a Malaysian taxi driver asked me, referring to how we Filipinos managed to bring down two of our presidents. I was in Kuala Lumpur two weeks ago as my next stop in a […] More →

Copy of Olongapo court’s decision on Pemberton’s Motion for Reconsideration

Here is the copy of the Olongapo City Regional Trial Court Branch 74’s decision on the Motion for Reconsideration filed by US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton. Judge Roline Jinez Jabalde granted Pemberton’s motion for reduced penalty and denied him bail. We reiterate that the court upheld its decision that Pemberton is guilty of killing Jennifer Laude. We stress that the lighter penalty […] More →

‘Aungpe, Marcos!’

   FLEA MARKET OF IDEAS ‘Aungpe, Marcos!’ “IT’S A Burmese protest slogan I grew up with: ‘Aungpe Marcos!’” L Khun Ring, a 35-year-old Burmese human rights lawyer, told me last week. “It means ‘Get out, Marcos!’” I was in Myanmar (Burma) then to speak at a workshop attended by several members of its national parliament […] More →

Experience Marcos dictatorship in Thailand

 FLEA MARKET OF IDEAS Experience Marcos dictatorship in Thailand By: Joel Ruiz Butuyan IF FILIPINO voters who are motivated with a longing to bring back the Marcos years will have their way in the May elections, all Filipino Facebook users will be in jail. This was my conclusion after a four-day stay in Thailand last […] More →

Southeast Asian lawyers form coalition for free expression

Lawyers from five countries in Southeast Asia have met in an historic conference in Cebu, Philippines to form a common front against the repression of freedom of expression in the region. One of their key proposals is to engage together and hold accountable regional institutions like the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights – an […] More →