ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS

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CRITICS of the late President Ferdinand Marcos have written voluminous derogatory texts, from the scholarly to the literary to the journalistic. Some even attempted to become historical even if bereft of academic qualifications and the vetting of peers. Raissa Robles’ book on martial law is damning in both ways. It…

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WHEN the President declared that the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) was a terrorist organization, it was for all intents and purposes a declaration of all-out war. It is a symbolic act born by exasperation with a recalcitrant armed rebellion that has been given the…

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THERE is so much anti-intellectualism going around, and it is painful to realize that this stems from the celebration of social media freedom. As one who has embraced what is labeled as a post-modern approach, I should be the last one to complain. After all, it is this approach to…

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SUPREME Court Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro testified this week at the justice committee hearing of the House of Representatives for almost seven hours. And together with Court Administrator Midas Marquez, she may have inflicted irreparable damage to Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, and sealed Sereno’s fate in the impending…

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MAKE no mistake. Ideally, and theoretically, a federal system of government is the more appropriate system for our country. Our geography demands it. And our cultural complexities require it. As an archipelago with more than a hundred ethno-linguistic groups, having a federal form of government, where component states are organized…

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CHIEF Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is crying persecution. She is alleging that the independence of the judiciary is in peril after the House justice committee ruled that the impeachment complaint against her was sufficient in form and substance. She is claiming that she was denied due process when the committee…

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A UNIVERSITY of Oxford study that was published in July 2017 revealed that the Philippines is one of the countries where troll armies are allegedly deployed by the government in an attempt to manipulate social media. The title of the study is “Troops, Trolls and Troublemakers: A Global Inventory of…

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IF there is one institution that is most demonized at the moment, it would be mainstream media. They have been called “presstitutes,” bearers of fake news, and agents of demolition targeting President Duterte. There is debate on the proper role of mainstream media in a democratic society. What is at…

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