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For two consecutive Congresses, the 17th and the current 18th, the House of Representatives has passed on third and final reading the bill protecting human rights defenders (HRDs).

Albay Rep. Edcel C. Lagman, the principal author of HB 10576, entitled “An Act Defining the Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Human Rights Defenders, Declaring State Responsibilities, and Instituting Effective Mechanisms for the Protection and Promotion of These Rights and Freedoms”, disclosed that the House approved on third reading on Monday, 17 January 2022, the crusading measure affording full protection to HRDs.

(First of two installments)

THE defense presented by Ferdinand Marcos Jr. before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) have been enfeebled by his admission in his answer and memorandum of his final conviction of failure to file his income tax returns (ITRs), particularly for 1985 where the mandatory ITR was due on April 15, 1986 after the effectivity on January 1, 1986 of the amendatory PD 1994. The National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) of 1977 was amended by PD 1994 by imposing the accessory penalty of perpetual disqualification from holding public office, to vote and to participate in any election under Sec. 286(c) of the NIRC on those convicted of tax offenses.