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THE EDSA affair held at the people power monument last Saturday, February 25, dubbed as the “power of we,” hoped to become a massive protest against the return of authoritarianism. But if there is one defining moment that went viral, it was when Jim Paredes led the bullying of a…

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(Last of a series on ‘Retaking EDSA’) YOU can only fool the Filipino people for a while, but not for long, not for 31 years. There is a limit to the power to weave myths, and tell lies. Such power has an expiration date. And it appears that such has…

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(Third of a series on ‘Retaking EDSA’) EDSA was not a revolution. In fact, it stole from the people the possibility of a true revolution. Some of its diehard believers argue even until today that EDSA was a successful revolution because it achieved its goals of ousting Marcos. In addition…

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(First part of a series on ‘Retaking EDSA’) A WEEK from now on February 25, a small minority of Filipino society will again congregate at EDSA to celebrate what was labeled as a revolution. It is about time to burst the bubble and tell these people that what they are…

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THE theory is that the prospect of being executed will cast an unimaginable fear in the heart of a criminal enough to make him stop. But the jury is still out on this. A review of researches over a 34-year period on the deterrent effect of the death penalty conducted…

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ARMED with her so-called “conscience,” Environment Secretary Gina Lopez reinterpreted RA 7942, the law regulating mining in the country, and ordered the closure of 23 mining operations. It was not just mere suspension, where fines and penalties are imposed. It was an absolute closure order which only the President can…

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IT is not only now that the Church has become a political institution. It has always been political ever since its birth. In fact, all forms of institutionalized religion are by nature political institutions. In theocracies, the church is even the backbone of the state. The rise of the secular…

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LOIDA Nicolas-Lewis, financier and loyal anti-Duterte overseas organizer, once said: “Doesn’t have to be true. Just needs to look like that.” Well, it looks like Amnesty International (AI), an international human rights watchdog, has heeded the advice and painted in its recently released 68-page report an image of “extra-judicial killing”…

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