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Focus On: The Philippines

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

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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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