“I have never defended communists as alleged by President Duterte. I am a human rights lawyer.”

“President Duterte courted CPP-NPA for its support when he was campaigning for the presidential post in 2016 and even appointed some leftist personalities when he assumed office. He echoed the leftist stance on national issues, promising the end to ENDO or contractualization and the distribution of Coco Levy Funds to coconut farmers. Of course, he...

Tañada questions focus on lowering age of criminal liability

Senatorial aspirant and former Quezon representative Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada III on Thursday questioned the undue focus on lowering the age of criminal responsibility by Congress. The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading a bill on lowering the age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old (from its initial proposal setting it nine...

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Anti-Sexual Harassment Act Statement

Isa ang usapin ng pagpapalawak ng anti-sexual harassment act sa mga dapat ipaglaban ng ating mga bagong mahahalal sa darating na eleksyon.  Palakasin ang mga opisina na naghahandle ng mga isyung ito.  Masyadong limiting ang batas ng sexual harassment, kailangan ito ma-expand at should cover all forms of sexual harassment and not limited in the workplace....

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Lowering of age of criminal liability

Former Deputy Speaker and senatorial candidate Erin Tañada has vowed to question the constitutionality of the bill  lowering the age of criminal liability to nine years old if it passes through the Senate. Tañada said after an Aksyon Demokratiko event in San Juan on Monday that he is ready to bring the issue before the...

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Human Rights Day Statement

We deplore the systematic, planned and state-enforced killings of suspected drug users in the country. Since publicly pledging to kill criminals and eradicate drugs, the President has authorised the police to ignore the rule of law and human rights in cracking down illegal drug use. By the end of 2017, more than 20,000 drug-related killings...

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Tañada on Duterte Death Squads

“Bakit pinapapatay ang Pilipino pero inaalagaan ang mga Tsinong kumukuha ng trabaho ng Pinoy?” “All we ask is that President Duterte give his fellow Filipinos the same degree of respect and compassion that he gives to Chinese nationals. Bakit gusto niyang ipapatay ang mga kapwa Pilipino natin na istambay pero gusto niyang alagaan natin ang...

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‘Revilla should return P124m PDAF’

Former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. should return P124 million of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) as ordered by the Sandiganbayan, according to former deputy speaker Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada. In a statement yesterday, Tañada expressed disbelief over Revilla’s acquittal, noting that the evidence provided by the Anti-Money Laundering Council “is damning.” “It is with...

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Verdict on Kian’s case a warning shot

“No bad deed will be forever hidden in darkness.” This was former Deputy Speaker Erin Tañada’s comment on the guilty verdict on the three policemen who killed 17-year old Delos Santos in an anti-illegal drug operation in August 2017. “It is a warning shot against those who take legal shortcuts. There will always be a...

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‘Is our country really down in the dumps?’

Former Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada has expressed concern about the truckloads of garbage left by people who spent Christmas at the Luneta park, saying it reflected the kind of people and government the country has. “If our people can’t take care of the simplest thing like their own garbage, then this shows how we care...

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Tapat ba kayo sa bansa? Tapat ba kayo sa tao?

Alam ko na ang boses ng maliliit ay hindi napapakinggan. Kaya importante para sa kapakanan ng lahat na ang isang tapat na lider ng bansa: Dapat makinig sa kanyang kapaligiran, dapat matuto sa ating mamamayan, at dapat tayong lahat ay kumilos. Ang solusyon sa ating mga problema ay hindi lamang manggagagling sa namumuno. Pwede ring...

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