FRANCISCO TATAD

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It was my distinct impression that President B. S. Aquino 3rd would be capping his five-nation trans-Atlantic tour with a triumphant embrace with US President Barack Obama at the White House, and a speech at  the UN Summit on Climate Change in New York.  That’s only half-right, it turns out. …

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While President B. S. Aquino 3rd is traveling abroad, a self-imposed moratorium on criticisms of the presidency might do us some good. A kind of unilateral truce. It is one of the more decent rules of engagement in our trade. I call it observing the “three-mile limit.” That is to say, never attack your own government while speaking to a foreign audience beyond the old three-mile canon range from …

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MOSCOW: Despite geopolitical problems in a number of fronts, Russia has tried to steal a march on the West in the area of family life and marriage, which have increasingly become major global concerns. Officially atheist from the 1917 revolution that created the Soviet Union until the end of the…

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By focusing our attention on President B. S. Aquino 3rd’s political dysfunctions and constitutional excesses, we may have led ourselves to believe–or at least to hope–that Congress and the Supreme Court remain functional and defensible institutions, despite the near total corruption of our leaders. It may be quite patriotic to…

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It seems no good deed goes unpunished, even in these premises.

For proposing in my last piece that the Filipino people, rather than the discredited Congress, directly impeach and remove President B. S. Aquino 3rd, I was quickly swamped with calls from two sets of callers, both supportive of removal, but proceeding from two different angles.

How could they sign an “impeachment complaint”, said the first set, when they believed Aquino was never legally nor honestly elected, and…

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THE instantaneous killing of the three impeachment complaints against President B. S. Aquino 3rd by the House committee on justice for being “insufficient in substance” was not at all unexpected. But it does not alter the need to remove the miscreant, nor should it end any determined legal effort to do so.

In the eyes of many, Aquino has become totally impeachable on virtually all the grounds enumerated in the Constitution, namely, “culpable…

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The Senate committee inquisition being staged by Senators Antonio Trillanes IV, Alan Peter Cayetano and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III against Vice President Jejomar C. Binay appears to have at least three main goals. One, to force Binay to abandon his plan to run for president in 2016. Two, to provide a diversion from the continuing scandals rocking the Aquino administration. Three, to catapult either Trillanes or Cayetano or both to higher elective positions.

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To say that President B. S. Aquino 3rd’s “isolation is now complete,” as my friend and colleague Yen Makabenta says in an earlier piece on this page, may be an overstatement, but The New York Times August 28, 2014 editorial on “Political Mischief in the Philippines” marks a significant shift…

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President B. S. Aquino 3rd swiftly reacted to the August 27 Lipa Declaration calling for his immediate resignation by announcing that he will no longer push for a constitutional amendment to allow him to seek a second term. That is not nearly half as good as his resignation,  or a…

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The “urgent call for national transformation,” unleashed from the National Transformation Council’s groundbreaking assembly in Lipa on Wednesday, has to alter first the quality and conduct of the debate on the common good before it can alter anything else. If it is able to do that, it would be a…

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