Beyond Reforms: Overhauling the Judiciary

Letter to the Editor
20 April, 2018

Like other basic necessities under the current dispensation, justice is escaping the reach of victims of state abuses.

It is not just that access to the courts remains expensively prohibitive. It is more because of the diminution of the tattered integrity of the reactionary justice system to mere tokenism woven to fit the elitist caprices of whoever gets hold of the reins of power.

The current intramural within the halls of the so-called court of last resort demonstrate this fact. The infighting between magistrates of factions of the ruling class reveals the sickening depths of horse-trading and political accommodation that have infected to the core this primary “pillar of justice.” Continue reading


Killing in Lahug

end-impunityWe, in the human rights umbrella KARAPATAN-Cebu, is concerned over the fatal shooting of an outspoken urban poor resident in the fire-stricken Sitio Avocado, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City last Wednesday night. Continue reading


seldaAs our beloved friend and lawyer Noel Archival is laid to rest today (Feb.28, 2014), we in the Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA)-Cebu fear that our hopes for justice will be buried with him.

Days after the military-style ammbush of Atty. Noel, there remains no glimmer of hope in the offing in the absence of a breakthrough in the investigation. Continue reading

PNP sued by peasant activists

Not just the chief, but practically the entire police force in Carmen, Cebu, was sued by peasant activists yesterday (12 August 2013) afternoon “for fabricating evidence, perjury and other corrupt practices that state security forces employ habitually against political dissenters.” Continue reading