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“No master but law, no guide but conscience, no aim but justice.” With this dictum immortalized by the well-revered jurist, nationalist and former Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose Benedicto Luna (JBL) Reyes as theme, thousands of members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) will converge in Davao City starting Monday for a weeklong series of activities, including the 14th National Convention of Lawyers and the IBP’s 40th founding anniversary.

Posted: January 14th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

State of impunity

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The glaring non-mention of the infamous Ampatuan massacre in President Aquino’s speech at the 9th Media Nation Summit last Friday in Tagaytay City revealed how the administration is taking the issue of impunity three years after 58 innocent lives were mercilessly murdered in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province.

Posted: November 26th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Bangsamoro’s liberation

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Today’s “occupation” of Malacañang by the guerillas of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is certainly another historic milestone in the decades-old struggle for self-determination by the Moro people.

Posted: October 15th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘State of Noynoy’s Accountability’

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It is expected that rosy statistics and data will again be touted in Monday’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) to highlight the supposed accomplishments of the Aquino administration in the past two years. Like the previous Sonas—President Aquino’s and those of his predecessors’—this one will be no different: It will be full of “buladas” (empty talk), it will not report on the true state of our country, it will not speak truly of the ever-worsening lot of most Filipinos.

Posted: July 22nd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Forest criminals

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Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree, the poet Joyce Kilmer wrote. Yet, in Mindanao, not fools but environmental criminals continue to unmake and wreak havoc on one of nature’s gifts to humanity.

Posted: July 2nd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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