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Four annexes


I discuss provisions in the Bangsamoro agreement which might occasion constitutional debate.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Four annexes: an overview


Up until last week all that the public had was the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro. Upon this framework would be hung annexes that would give substance to what was contemplated. Both government and Bangsamoro negotiators worked hard to get the annexes done until they were ready to submit four to the public.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Expanded VFA


It may be a little early to comment on the constitutionality or unconstitutionality of the proposed modification of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) now since not even a preliminary draft is publicly available. But it is good to go back to the constitutional provision involved—Section 25 of the Transitory Provisions—and look at the history behind it.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The Charter change train


It looks like the Cha-cha (Charter change) train is running in earnest and even President Aquino, who initially opposed it, is now leaving it to Congress. That is the way it should be; but, of course, he can always express his preferences to his people in Congress.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Two restorations


Last Tuesday we celebrated the restoration of democracy in the Philippines by recalling the Edsa Revolution. The Jesuits, meanwhile, during this year have been celebrating the 200th year since the restoration of the Society of Jesus.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Charter change


Once more Charter change is being discussed and even favored. Even President Benigno Aquino III, who initially sounded as if he had definitively closed the door on Charter change, is now open to it. This is very significant because of his powerful influence on Congress. Charter change cannot take place without the blessing of Congress.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Echoes from Corona impeachment


In his recent privilege speech before the Senate, Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla alleged that President Aquino sought to influence his vote on Chief Justice.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Sea-grabbing’ as new international concern


By “sea-grabbing” I refer to what China is trying to do over wide swathes of sea.

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

House warring against Supreme Court? (2)


• The guarantee of judicial fiscal autonomy in the Constitution is explicit.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

House warring against Supreme Court?


I don’t know if it is the entire House of Representatives or only some elements of it, but I get the impression that there is a brewing desire to bring some or all of the Supreme Court justices to their knees. Indeed, House members have reason to be unhappy with the Court. For one, the [...]

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Looking for tension solutions


In an earlier column, I wrote about the tension arising from the “air defense identification zone” (Adiz) put up by China near what the Philippines considers its territory. So far, however, the Adiz set up by China does not seem to bother Philippine authorities. But it will, should China set up an Adiz over areas we are disputing with China in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Tension over East China Sea Adiz


“ADIZ” HAS only lately gained prominence in Philippine vocabulary. It stands for “air defense identification zone.” It means an area of airspace over land or water in which the identification, location and control of civil aircraft are required by the state claiming control over the airspace. Interestingly, the authority to establish an Adiz is not [...]

Posted: December 8th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



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