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LAST Monday, some human rights victims of the Marcoses started getting paid. At long last. This felicitous development, I see from one perspective, as the culmination of the dream and legal effort of human rights victim and detainee Joe Mari Velez. I got to meet him in 1971, at the…

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

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For the good of the country, he must resign IRONIC as it may seem, it is Jose “Chito” Gascon, the Commission on Human Rights chairman that President Benigno Aquino 3rd appointed in June 2015, who has emerged as the biggest stumbling block to the development of institutions and a political…

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The fakest statement of the moment was that of Commission on Appointments (CA) member Ronaldo Zamora who said after the bicameral body rejected the confirmation of Gina Lopez as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). In all its twisted and tortured sanctimony, this was Zamora’s reaction:…

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ACTUALLY, Maria Ressa did not say that she received 90 rape threats within a minute. This is what Ressa said: “You look at anyone who says anything against the killings, against the drug war, especially if they are women, they will get clobbered in social media. … They are threatened…

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THE Opposition, as well as the Filipino intellectuals and naïve millennials sympathetic to them, often reviles Duterte’s supporters as a nihilistic cult. Hopefully, they won’t be stuck in that thought. May they have the foresight to put this passionate mass into great use. They should begin by foregoing their criticisms…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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I THOUGHT the error was plain, and President Rodrigo Duterte would correct it, after Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who heads one of the two Houses that make our laws, said, “who doesn’t have any girl friend?” to absolve himself of his adultery after it had been publicly exposed. But DU30’s response…

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

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EVERY February, we commemorate the 1986 People Power Revolution, which has been portrayed by the victors as a morality tale of a martyr’s widow leading the people to overthrow the Dark Lord. Indeed, the morality tale was so powerful that it inspired peoples elsewhere under the yoke of dictatorships to…

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THE EDSA affair held at the people power monument last Saturday, February 25, dubbed as the “power of we,” hoped to become a massive protest against the return of authoritarianism. But if there is one defining moment that went viral, it was when Jim Paredes led the bullying of a…

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First read IS it the media or the event? Do we blame the dancer or the dance? By the time Senator Leila de Lima was arrested by the authorities yesterday, I was weary of the story and the spectacle. Philippine media are so adept in covering breaking news blow-by-blow, minute-by-minute,…

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