ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS

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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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THE framers of the 1987 Constitution have done a very good job in enshrining in it more than enough fetters to confine martial law to what has become—a limited instrument for the state to protect itself. While the President can declare martial law, he can only do so on two…

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LENI Robredo wanted to swiftly descend on Marawi thinking that the Maute was just like a typhoon. She wanted to make up for her absence last December, when parts of Bicol, her home region, were ravaged by Typhoon Nina. She left to spend her holidays in the US fully aware…

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I HAVE long since understood the politics of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as one that can be labeled at best as postmodern. He defies neat categorization. And he moves with so much unpredictability that there is no grand narrative that could arrest or immobilize him. One time he appears serious,…

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I AM writing this as one who has been engaged as a consultant in a few government projects that were funded by foreign money, and not just as a detached academic or a noisy columnist. I want to drive the point home that statements made by our public officials have…

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THERE is no rhyme or reason why the Commission on Appointments (CA) should delay any further the confirmation of Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo. The existence of the commission is stipulated in Article VI, Section 18 of the Constitution, which states that: “There shall be a Commission on Appointments consisting…

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WE now live in a period of inauthenticity and contradictions. We have a sitting Vice President who prides herself in being familiar with the world of the marginalized, which she lovingly refers to as the “laylayan,” yet seem to have been surprised that malnutrition is prevalent among the poor, to…

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TO many, Mocha Uson is their voice. She is the articulator of their politics. And to the OFWs who idolize her, she is the bridge that connects their voices to their distant homeland. She is seen by many Filipinos as a loyal protector of the President against those forces of…

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WHEN the Liberal Party, acting at the behest of then President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd, impeached Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, they lowered the bar for impeachment. They considered the act of misdeclaration in a statement of assets, liabilities and net worth, or SALN, on the same level as…

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