ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS

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SENIOR Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, the petitioners against martial law in Mindanao, and other legal scholars have emphatically declared that rebellion and terrorism cannot be the same. And they are dead wrong. Terrorism and rebellion are different only in the sense that the latter could be one of the many…

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WE know when someone is genuinely concerned about our well-being and health. If there is a selfish motive in asking about the health of someone, it is usually because we depend on him and we are anxious of what will happen to us if he dies. And this is not…

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ALL constitutions are necessarily expressions of restraints on government. Each one has a bill of rights that protects individual citizens from an abusive state. It defines the limits of the powers of all branches of government. Thus, it is in the very nature of constitutional democracies to have limited governments.…

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AFTER the Senate went into an executive session to hear a confidential briefing on Proclamation 216 declaring martial law in Mindanao, the opposition senators, led by Senator Antonio Trillanes, broke protocol, and committed a major breach of confidentiality, by disclosing to the public the admission by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana…

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THERE is glaring evidence of terror happening in Mindanao. Civilians are getting killed. Flags of the Daesh, or IS, are seen being displayed in the streets by masked men with ammunition strapped to their bodies, scenes of horror that we had thought only existed in faraway cities like Mosul and…

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