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FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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DID we just miss it or are we inching our way towards it? This is the question some people have been asking since April 14 when the United States, the United Kingdom and France launched 110 ballistic missiles against Syria without any mandate from the UN Security Council, purportedly in…

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SOMETIMES it’s so hard to convince people that President Rodrigo Duterte is going to do exactly as he says. But it’s sad when even his own people apparently don’t consider him serious enough to do the follow- through. This is my takeaway from the removal of Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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ON March 17, 1957, the plane carrying president Ramon Magsaysay and 25 others en route to Manila from Cebu crashed on Mount Manunggal in Cebu, killing everyone on board except a Philippines Herald reporter named Nestor Mata. He was 31. On April 12, 2018, Mata died at 92, after spending…

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First word I DO not seek to trivialize with my title our highest magistracy; I mean only to underline the ludicrous link between an office of thoughtful judgment and majesty and the hysterics of Chief Justice (on leave) Maria Lourdes Sereno to disguise her dubious appointment. From the way CJ…

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The Constitution categorically provides that the Chief Justice, the head of the judiciary, a co-equal branch of government, can only be removed through impeachment, which is a power entrusted to Congress in accordance with the principle of separation of powers and the wisdom of ensuring checks and balances…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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IN George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, criminals caught by the Thought Police are routinely “vaporized.” Their names are removed from all public registers, every record of everything they had ever done is wiped out, and their one-time existence denied and forgotten. They are abolished, annihilated—vaporized. In the propaganda organ called…

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