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Is Duterte a dictator?

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:57 Written by
The answer is not as simple as one would like, and the reasoning is necessarily nonlinear.Part of the reason this is so lies in the Philippines’ own recent history of dictatorship. Ferdinand Marcos, a consummate lawyer, created an elaborate legal…

Call his bluff

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:00 Written by
At one point during the hearings by the House of Representatives’ committee on justice on the impeachment case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Mindoro Oriental Rep. and committee chair Reynaldo Umali said a mouthful against Larry Gadon, the lawyer…

The pattern in Marawi and Boracay

Monday, 16 April 2018 13:35 Written by
Many moons ago, I made the obligatory trip to Boracay with the preconceived notion of an “island paradise.” It was raining cats and dogs when I reached the Caticlan jetty. Disembarking on the island, I was dropped off at the…

Will Filipinos stand up for Ombudsman?

Monday, 05 February 2018 16:38 Written by
SINGAPORE — Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang’s preventive suspension is genius. It is indubitably not legal. But it could be made legal.In April 2010, Senior Insp. Rolando Mendoza held a bus of Hong Kong tourists at gunpoint. He asked to…

Is Manila still imperial to warrant federalism?

Monday, 05 February 2018 16:12 Written by
After Imelda Marcos’ not guilty verdict in New York in 1990, the codictator repaired to a Filipino pub for a victory fête. Filipino supporters came in humongous droves. To say that it was SRO was an understatement. Media recall: “Hindi…

Uniwide owner sues its former execs, ex-Landbank officials

Monday, 05 February 2018 15:41 Written by
The owner of the Uniwide group has sued former senior executives of the once-lucrative retailer and former officials of the Land Bank of the Philippines for allegedly defrauding him of nearly P4 billion in assets. In a complaint for qualified…

Solon to Duterte: ‘Reveal China loan terms’

Monday, 05 February 2018 15:22 Written by
Opposition lawmaker Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano has filed a House resolution calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to fully disclose the loan conditions for all projects under his much-touted “build, build, build” infrastructure program. House Resolution No. 1612 “strongly urges” Mr.…

Solon wants pork cut out of draft Constitution

Monday, 05 February 2018 15:12 Written by
This one goes well with limitless terms in parliament, but it won’t pass if former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares can muster enough public support to shame Congress into throwing it out of the agenda for the amendment of the…
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