Neri Colmenares, Congressman, House of Representatatives
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Neri Colmenares

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Local Address: quezon city, Philippines
House of Representatatives

Employment History

  • Representative and Legal Counsel
    Bayan Muna
  • Executive Director
    National Union of People's Lawyers
  • Chairperson
  • Associate
    Asian Law Center.

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Partylist Representative
    Bayan Muna
  • Secretary-General
    National Union of People's Lawyers


  • Bachelor of Arts , Economics
    San Beda College
  • law degree
    University of the Philippines
  • Doctorate in Law
  • UP College of Law
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Several House members have already ..., 4 June 2012 [cached]
Several House members have already voluntarily released their SALNs, including House Deputy Speaker Erin Tanada, Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares and Akbayan Representative Kaka Bag-ao.
Makabayan's response to the red-baiting, 7 May 2010 [cached]
We will make sure that the perpetrators of these attacks are seriously prosecuted to hammer the message that the military should not interfere in the elections," Bayan Muna representative and legal counsel Neri Colmenares said. "We hope this will serve as a warning to those who persist in harassing us that we will not take this sitting down."
"We are now asking the Commission on Elections to act with speed on this complaint and they should not, unlike the military,be numb to these violations," he said.###
Bayan Muna House Bills, 20 May 2009 [cached]
Neri Javier Colmenares found this out March 26 when he was able to get a copy of Ang Galing Pinoy's application for registration from the Comelec.
"Rep. Arroyo's group is so completely detached from the marginalized sectors that it doesn't even know the issues and condition of the poor they have to copy Bayan Muna's declaration of principles and even organizational structures. Kung may konting hiya si Rep. Arroyo dapat tanggihan na niya ang nomination if only for this at talagang nakakahiya ang na-diskubre naming ito. declared Rep. Colmenares. "I guess its about time the Melo Comelec weed out pseudo party-list groups just like in 2001," said Rep. Colmenares who, as Bayan Muna general counsel argued before the Supreme Court for the disqualification of major political parties and fly-by-night party-list groups from the party-list system.
Neri Colmenares and Atty. Joven Laura, submitted to Comelec today their legislative accomplishments and other documentary evidences to show their track records as representatives and advocates of the marginalized and underrepresented sectors.
Bayan Muna Party-list nominees, led by Representatives Teddy Casiño, Neri Colmenares and peasant lawyer Joven Laura, trooped to the Comelec today to submit Bayan Muna's list of nominees, vowing to "protect the party-list system from Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's self-serving agenda in the 15th Congress."
This is an illegal act as Congressmen are not supposed to campaign now," said Bayan Muna partylist representative Neri Javier Colmenares. "Sen. Enrile who presided over martial law in 1972 cannot be trusted to turn over the senate presidency smoothly especially if the 'perceived' presidential winner is not his ally. It must be noted that he is running under the slate of a presidential candidate. The need to elect a new Senate President is obvious," Colmenares said.
Bayan Muna Party List Representative Neri Javier Colmenares lamented the failure of Congress to pass bills aimed at providing for orderly succession should there be failure of election. "With the appointment of the Lt. Gen. Delfin Bangit, a fierce Arroyo loyalist as AFP Chief of Staff, the widespread brownouts, and Comelec's admission that it may not finish printing the ballots in time for the 2010 elections, the threat of failure of election is now a very distinct possibility" Rep. Colmenares declared. "The scenario painted by Sen. Enrile about a military takeover once the election fails is a serious cause for concern that should have been addressed by Congress" he added.
Neri Javier Colmenares. "Otherwise she will now have the luxury of appointing not only the Chief Justice but also a new justice to replace CJ Reynato Puno," he added.
Neri Javier Colmenares declared today. "Rep. Arroyo cannot pretend to represent the marginalized and underrepresented, worse he is disqualified under the Party list law" he added.
Bayan Muna has indicted the Arroyo family for anti people policies. "The Arroyos are the nemesis of all marginalized sectors and in fact has contributed to the marginalization of the marginalized with their policies that impoverish the farmers, workers, urban poor and other poor sectors all over the country" explained Rep. Colmenares.
Neri Javier Colmenares and Teddy Casiño authored House Bill 7109 titled An Act Prohibiting the President from Making Appointments to Judicial Positions, including that of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, During the Period Provided Under Section 15 Article VII of the Constitution and for Other Purposes to put add clarity to the so-called succession issue being peddled by the Palace and its allies.
The Makabayan coalition in the House is composed of representatives Satur Ocampo, Teddy Casiño and Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna; Liza Maza and Luzviminda Ilagan of Gabriela, Rafael Mariano and Joel Maglunsod of Anakpawis and Raymond Palatino of Kabataan.
Neri Colmenares and Atty. Joven Laura, marched to Comelec this morning with renewed vows of continuing the struggle for the politics of change.
Neri Colmenares and Atty. Joven Laura.
Neri Javier Colmenares said the conditional aid was not released because of the failure of the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to account for the spate of human rights violations in the country.
In behalf of my party Bayan Muna, and my partymates in Congress representatives Satur Ocampo and Neri Colmenares, let me greet all of you on this very special occasion.
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Indeed, there are many public interest ..., 2 July 2012 [cached]
Indeed, there are many public interest issues from civil and political rights like extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances to environmental rights, according to lawyer Neri Colmenares, representative of Bayan Muna partylist in the Congress. Colmenares, lead prosecution counsel of the ongoing impeachment trial of Chief Justice Reynato Corona, said in an interview, "The need for public interest lawyering has become bigger. This is because there are more violations."
Colmenares stressed violations are not just against human rights but the general public interest like the issues on mining, climate change, corruption and economic attacks against the people that need public interest lawyers.
"Public interest lawyers are not just confined in the courtrooms. Part of it is their advocacy outside the courtrooms. It's a big thing that they fight these issues and they have a big role to play in that respect," said Colmenares, who also heads the Manila-based National Union of People's Lawyers.
Caraga's Begil agreed with Colmenares, saying, "We are needed not just in the legal front, but also outside the courts. We have to educate the people on their rights and how to defend their interests," he said.
Like many, Mr Neri ..., 6 April 2008 [cached]
Like many, Mr Neri Colmenares, executive director of the National Union of People's Lawyers, said the threats discouraged lawyers from representing clients.
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