Never again, Martial Law!

This Tuesday, 21 September, as I try to do every year, I will bring my Constitutional Law students from the University of the Philippines (this year, it is Section I-C led by their president Mario Cerilles) to two places. First I will bring them to Bantayog ng mga Bayani (Monument of Heroes), a place where …

Not the Yellow Republic, but the Republic of the Philippines

It’s official. By virtue of proclamation from Congress acting as the official canvassing board of the Presidential elections, Sen. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” C. Aquino shall become the 14th President of the Republic of the Philippines on June 30, 2010. This is true even (and especially) for those who did not vote for him. That includes …

Our Messy Democracy

As I finish writing this column, people continue to line up at their clustered precincts to vote. Personally and through the EMOs (Election Monitoring Operatives) of the Ateneo School of Government, I have followed the reports of problems in the elections. Voters have complained of long lines, not finding their precincts or of broken PCOS …

Good news for environmental justice

The new environmental rules can be described as progressive, even revolutionary, in its protection of the environment and in ensuring effective access to environmental justice. The rules, which govern the procedure in all cases involving environmental and natural resources laws, are pro-environment, pro-poor and, if implemented well, can be an important step forward for environmental …