RENE SAGUISAG

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CHEERS! Our softbelles just won a world championship in Hemet, California. Another first, we are told. I dunno where the dickens Hemet in California is. I am more familiar with San Francisco; there, a two-acre downtown park was named after our Victoria Manalo-Draves (late) who won two diving golds in…

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OUR proud and profane Prez is said to aim for “a comfortable life for all.” There was discomfort a year or so ago in navigating Metro Manila’s traffic. Do we find such traveling “more” comfortable today? Where is his unquestioned bravery in, say, proposing no-garage-no-vehicle; or decreeing that vehicles more…

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PREZ Digong’s ratings remain high. Why am I not surprised? In a country which voted as No. 7 senator a boxer who had vied for House “Top Absentee” and which may elect him as Prez in 2022, anything is possible. Like, ordering the killing of criminals which negates the presumption…

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WILL Prez Duterte rely on his generals on how long martial law in Mindanao would last? Does he not see wisdom in Clemenceau’s cautionary counsel that war is too important a matter to leave to the generals? Civilian supremacy is our lodestar (but please, not civilians like Speaker Bebot Alvarez…

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THE time will come for history to judge our current Supreme Court, which includes our paper’s “Justice” Jomar Canlas, who I commend for enterprise. Tunay, di pobulaang propeta. He has done it again. I am again shocked and awed. Our SC leaks like a sieve and has done nothing about…

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PRO-DIGONG observers say PMAyer Sen. Sonny Trillanes bombed in his interview with the BBC’s Stephen John Sackur. Supposedly. I did not see it but I doubt that he did far worse than the Bedan Prez, for himself and our country, in the latter’s various interviews, in cumulation. Both have gotten…

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THE Court of Appeals as an institution can more than take care of itself, but let me add my teeny-weenie voice in support of it. Justice Stephen Cruz deserves special praise for reportedly not being intimidated by the current power situation, when interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council, the…

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LOST to cancer last week was Panyero anti-Marcos Marcos D. Risonar, Jr., of Davao, featured in Ilagan v. Enrile, 139 SCRA 349 (1985). On May 10, 1985, lawyer Laurente C. Ilagan was arrested. Lawyer Antonio B. Arellano visited him in detention and was also arrested. Marc verified whether he was…

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HAVING been born in 1939, I am experiencing my third martial law regime, first by the Japanese, then Marcos, now Duterte. The first I could not resist as an infant, and indeed, I have pleasant pastoral memories of our years in the hills of Macasin, Mauban, catching shrimps in crystalline…

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PREZ Digong could just have said he would act according to his conscience in the country’s best interest. No need to brag he would defy Congress and the Supreme Court if they got in the way. His mouthpieces and apologists again fell all over themselves, scrambling for damage control to…

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