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WHILE protesters against the drug killings and the five-months’ extension of martial law in Mindanao milled a street away from the Batasan complex on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte tried to win as much applause from the joint session of Congress at his second State of the Nation Address, which rambled…

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LIKE someone who has just won the lottery, a triumphant President Rodrigo Duterte will be in Congress today to talk to the nation about his “achievements” during his first year in office, and his agenda for the year ahead. At 4 p. m., he will deliver his second State of…

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AFTER contemptuously defying the command of the Constitution to convene in joint session in order to approve or reject President Rodrigo Duterte’s May 23, 2017, proclamation of martial law and suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the whole of Mindanao, Congress will finally jointly convene…

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MORE than any attempt by President Rodrigo Duterte to sharpen his image as an “independent” head of state, a ruling by Associate Justice Normandie Pizarro of the Court of Appeals’ 12th Division affirming Makati Regional Trial Court Judge Bonifacio Pascua’s earlier denial of a $2 billion indemnity package awarded by…

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LAST week the Department of Foreign Affairs “celebrated” the July 12, 2016 ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague on the Philippine-China disputes in the Spratlys by issuing a statement that read like one from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It was a rare achievement in…

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WHILE I was in Europe not too long ago, an American friend asked me who, in my view, had the better chance of completing his term in office—US President Donald Trump, who has four years, or Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has six? It was a curious question, but my…

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JUST as the debate on the September 21, 1972 proclamation of martial law and suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus throughout the Philippines continues long after Ferdinand Marcos fell from power in 1986, died in Hawaii in 1989 and was finally interred amid noisy protests at…

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I AM not embarrassed to support the Supreme Court’s finding that there is sufficient factual basis for Proclamation 216 declaring martial law and suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus for not more than 60 days from May 23, 2017. But I admire Justice Marvic Leonen’s courage for…

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THE Supreme Court has this unpleasant habit of announcing its decisions on important cases by saying simply how the 15 justices voted, without releasing the text of its ruling and the concurring and dissenting opinions that explain the magistrates’ positions on the constitutional issues. This the high court has done…

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AMIDST the darkening clouds across the Persian Gulf, we need to hope that Kuwait’s mediation effort, supported by France, Iran, Morocco, Pakistan, Turkey, the US, Germany and the African Union, among others, could restore harmony and stability to the region which plays a vital role in the global fight against…

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