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Focus On: The Philippines

Date: 
13 Nov 2013

Journalists in the Philippines risk being murdered for pursuing stories about corruption and their killers are rarely brought to justice.

Here, Joel Butuyan and Harry Roque, co-chairs of MLDI’s local partner, the Center for International Law, a leading advocacy and litigation organisation in the region, describe the twin scourges as the biggest threat to freedom of speech in their country.

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Caught in the act

Posted on: 
1 Jun 2010

A Philippines broadcaster, Alex Adonis, reported that a Congressman who was having an affair with a married woman had been seen running naked from a hotel after being caught with her by her husband. Adonis was tried in his absence and without legal representation for criminal libel and given a four-and-a-half-year prison sentence. The first he knew of the sentence was when he was arrested to be taken to jail. The MLDI is working with a local lawyer to draft a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee, challenging the sentence and highlighting the serious procedural flaws of the trial.

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