“Our Rights, Our Victories: Landmark Cases in the Supreme Court” by Marites Dañguilan Vitug and Criselda Yabes is not your usual book about law and cases decided by our Supreme Court.
What makes this book interestingly different and easily readable is that it was not written by lawyers. Spared from a legalistic presentation, it is meant for the larger audience beyond the legal community. It tells stories of ordinary people and how the Bill of Rights entered and gave new meaning to their lives. It is for many of our people, who need the protection of the Constitution, but are hesitant to invoke its power because they believe it is beyond their reach. Our basic law comes alive as an accessible and effective foil against unwarranted official intrusion into the lives of our citizens.
This book opens the doors to constitutional rights in a manner that the ordinary citizen can readily appreciate. It shows how seemingly commonplace problems can and should merit the attention of even the highest court of the land. It will be easy for the reader to identify with the plight of many of those whose stories are captivatingly told, and to learn from their experience. This book delivers the refreshing message that the law is not just for lawyers. It is for everyone.
— Pablito Sanidad
Former National Chairman
Free Legal Assistance Group