Anti-Terror Law’s slippier slope

“Fortunately, the Supreme Court did declare unconstitutional a provision in a Section of the ATA for being overbroad and violative of freedom of expression, in essence agreeing with the proposition that activism is not terrorism” In my last column, I summarized Judge Maldoza-Malagar’s decision on the proscription case against the Communist Party of the Philippines …

A ‘brilliant, correct decision’

“The Court has to answer not only the purpose behind the creation of the CPP-NPA, but whether the acts committed by its members as alleged by the petitioner would qualify as ‘terrorist’ acts.” A few weeks ago, we saw the resolution of the petition seeking the proscription of the Communist Party of the Philippines and …

A ‘brilliant, correct decision’

“The Court has to answer not only the purpose behind the creation of the CPP-NPA, but whether the acts committed by its members as alleged by the petitioner would qualify as ‘terrorist’ acts.” A few weeks ago, we saw the resolution of the petition seeking the proscription of the Communist Party of the Philippines and …

Never again a dictatorship

“That Juan Ponce Enrile is now suggesting going back to the martial law provisions of the 1935 Constitution/1973 Constitution is to forget and deny the atrocities and abuses of the Marcos regime” In my column last Saturday, I detailed how the Philippines became what emerged as the US-Marcos dictatorship. Unfortunately, the United States supported Marcos …

The wisdom of Senator Loren Legarda

“The way to go…is to restart the peace process with the Communist rebels, to encourage and entice them to return to the fold of the law, throw away their arms and become partners with the civil government and the society at large in addressing social inequality and social injustice” In a privilege speech a week …

The Marcos corruption cases

“With the son of Marcos Sr occupying the presidency, we are now at a crossroads. Whether or not the BBM administration will respect the mandate of the PCGG or emasculate it, only time will tell.” As early as 2003, the Supreme Court in Republic v. Sandiganbayan ruled that over 25 billion pesos worth of Marcos …

Constitutional anomalies in time of Marcos Sr.

The Ratification Cases is a series of petitions challenging the imposition of martial law imposed on September 21, 1972, when President Ferdinand Marcos issued Proclamation 1081. The Ratification cases culminated with the Supreme Court rendering a decision on March 31, 1973, in Javellana vs. Executive Secretary, which validated the 1973 Constitution. With the entire country …

Paano Pinipili ang mga Appointee sa COMELEC, COA, AT CSC?

May ilang hakbang tayong puwedeng gawin upang mas maging bukas sa taumbayan ang proseso ng pag-appoint sa mga mahahalagang katungkulang ito. Nitong mga nakaraang linggo, nakita natin ang sunod-sunod na appointment o pagtatalaga sa mga pinuno ng Commission on Elections (Comelec), Commission on Audit (COA), at Civil Service Commission (CSC). Sa Comelec, si Saidamen Pangarungan …

Dr. Naty, Babaeng Pinakamahusay at Pinakamatalino

Nakita ni Dr. Naty na hindi magpapahiwalay ang kalusugan sa usapin ng kaunlaran, kalikasan, at karapatang pantao ng mga komunidad na pinaglilingkuran niya. Tuwing Marso, ipinagdiriwang ng buong mundo ang Buwan ng Kababaihan o Women’s Month. Dagdag pa rito, ipagdiriwang din natin ang International Women’s Day bukas, Marso 8, 2022. Sa column natin ngayon, nais …

What a (Vice) President Duterte reveals on the State of the Nation

Co-written with Jayvy Gamboa. The talks of President Duterte’s candidacy as vice president does not only draw attention to the possibility of a continued hold onto power, but also to the question of whether this is a symptom of a more fundamental problem in Philippine politics On July 26, 2021, Monday, the country is set …