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Many are wondering why, despite the roughness, rawness and vulgarity of the President, he remains popular and enjoys very good net satisfaction ratings, even as his critics struggle in eroding his legitimacy. The answer is simple. President Duterte is a work of art in authenticity while his critics stumble and…

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Senator Leila de Lima would like us to believe that she is victimized because of her gender. I vehemently disagree. This is not a gender issue. And it is offensive that she plays the gender card. It is pure theatrics, like the many she inflicted on us, in her press…

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The death of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago may, in fact, be symbolic of a Senate that has lost its brilliance and has been so diminished. No, don’t get me wrong. The decline of the Senate as an institution did not start with Senator Leila de Lima barging in at the tail…

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There is, indeed, a crime that goes by the name of “extrajudicial killing” or EJK. It is commonly defined as a killing committed by an agent of the state without the sanction of a judicial proceeding. American law has offered a definition of EJK in section 3a of the United…

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On the day the country was mourning the loss of an esteemed Senator, news broke out that the President wanted to emulate Hitler. The reaction was swift, unrelenting and unforgiving. “The President is opening himself for possible prosecution in international courts on the grounds of crime against humanity by saying…

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The very first expression of human rights occurred in 539 B.C., written in cuneiform script as an edict issued by Cyrus the Great when he abolished slavery, declared racial equality and upheld religious freedom. Spreading across India, Greece and eventually Rome, this precursor of the modern construct for human rights…

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It is the meekness of the Filipino, the silent courage that we exhibit in the face of disasters and oppressors, and the ready smile we flash even during periods of torment that may have cultivated our resilience in the face of the worst that nature and politics could inflict on…

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(Republished from Tuesday for a fuller version) This is my introductory opinion piece with The Manila Times, and I thought it proper to begin by making it known to the public where I am coming from. As a political scientist, I consider myself as a proud inhabitant of a marginalized…

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This is my introductory opinion piece with The Manila Times, and I thought it proper to begin by making it known to the public where I am coming from. As a political scientist, I consider myself as a proud inhabitant of a marginalized space in my discipline. You see, unlike…

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