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Our Rights Our Victories: Landmark Cases in the Supreme Court [Kindle Edition]

Marites Danguilan Vitug , Criselda Yabes , Ige Ramos
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Book Description

In 12 chapters covering 16 landmark cases, veteran journalists
Marites Dañguilan Vitug and Criselda Yabes revisit historic moments
before the Supreme Court of the Philippines that redefined many of the most fundamental human rights that Filipinos enjoy today.

Written in clear, popular prose with a minimum
of legalese, the book demonstrates what a tenacious pursuit
and imaginative interpretation of human rights can achieve under the law.

Some of these victories may have been partial
or even Pyrrhic, but overall, these stories offer
hope and comfort to the ordinary citizen, and hope in the rule of law
in the Philippines, however flawed.

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  • File Size: 1074 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
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  • Publisher: Cleverheads Publishing (September 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005N23CAA
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5.0 out of 5 stars what are the Brown v. Board's of the Philippines? December 10, 2012
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Marites Vitug is one of the more prominent critics of corruption and nepotism in the Philippine Supreme Court. However, in this book, she focuses on landmark rights cases from the Supreme Court. These are essentially the Philippine equivalents of Brown v. Board, Roe v. Wade, etc. Admittedly, not all of these cases result in victories for rights activists, but they are crucial to understanding Philippine jurisprudence. Vitug and Yabes provide a short overview of the case, but they really focus on the individuals and personalities involved. This is great for foreigners who can access the official judicial opinions easily enough on the Supreme Court's website but might not appreciate the context surrounding the case. It's particularly revealing to see some of the behind-the-scenes influence in some cases - the sort of personal touches that never make it into the written opinion. For example, in one of the mining cases, a former Supreme Court justice was a lawyer for one of the parties! In another case, Vitug and Yabes recount the scathing skepticism of the justices during oral argument. As with Vitug's [[ASIN:B0049H94QG Shadow Of Doubt: Probing The Supreme Court], this book is essentially reading for anybody interested in the modern Philippine judicial system.
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More About the Author

MARITES DAÑGUILAN VITUG is one of the Philippines' most accomplished and respected investigative journalists, winning awards and public recognition for her books and reportage on Philippine justice, security, and political affairs.

Her previous book on the Supreme Court, Shadow of Doubt, laid out the premises for the present volume and earned her libel suits, since withdrawn - two of many she has faced.

A former Harvard Nieman Fellow and Asian Public Intellectual, Marites edited the pioneering political newsmagazine Newsbreak and has reported for Newsweek, the Christian Science Monitor, and Newsday. Her opinion pieces have been published in the International Herald Tribune and Asahi Shimbun.

She is now editor-at-large for Rappler ( and president of the Journalism for Nation Building Foundation.

Marites is also the author of Power from the Forest: The Politics of Logging, her first book and a pioneering work on governance and the environment, Under the Crescent Moon: Rebellion in Mindanao (with Glenda Gloria), Jalan-Jalan: A Journey through EAGA (with Criselda Yabes), which was chosen by Asiaweek as one of the best books on Asia (1999), and Our Rights Our Victories: Landmark Cases in the Supreme Court (with Criselda Yabes).

Marites has a degree in A.B Communications from the University Of The Philippines and pursued Postgraduate Studies in World Politics from the London School of Economics.

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