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RH decision’s booby traps and reinvented doctrine

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The decision of the Supreme Court upholding the Reproductive Health Law, except for eight provisions barely discussed in the petitions or oral arguments, is a Pyrrhic victory. The anti-RH camp built an outrageously incompetent case that should never have been heard, yet somehow pushed a decision laden with legal booby traps sure to explode in future anti-RH cases. Some traps are built from legal doctrine that dubiously never existed before.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

SC RH decision: first skirmish in long legal war

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All purple-clad advocates defeated in the Supreme Court decision upholding the Reproductive Health Law are the most outrageous, most inane and most ideology-driven anti-RH arguments that have no place in rational debate, much less in our highest court of law.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Law as convenient anti-peace-deal scapegoat

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Our Constitution is a convenient scapegoat for those opposing the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. However, the more extreme critics cite a straitjacket unrecognizable as the Constitution.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Philippine art as new bucket list

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“Art in the Park” last March 23 was a heartwarming demonstration that Philippine contemporary art is appreciated by everyone who cares to look.

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

Academic calendars and misguided nationalism

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Does misguided nationalism explain the lingering resistance at the University of the Philippines Diliman to moving the class opening from June to August to align with universities abroad? We must broaden our concept of education in step with advances in communication and transport.

Posted: March 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

BIR as top human rights violator

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It took the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s disgraceful ad featuring a doctor sitting on a teacher’s shoulders for citizens to protest. However, this was only the latest installment in an increasingly alarming shame campaign that must be reexamined under the lens of human rights.

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

Apathy, Edsa and the ultimate selfies

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Lawyer Ernesto “Ticky” Tabujara III posts on Facebook about sharing life’s little joys with his son, photos of the junk food his household consumes, his advocacy of responsible gun ownership, and being still sexy and macho at 49. Last Feb. 25, however, he posted a completely different set of photos.

Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Public figure the unknown libel defense

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Many, alarmed by the recent cybercrime decision, look up libel in the circa 1930 Revised Penal Code, which the Cybercrime Prevention Act references. This, however, shows only half the law. It does not incorporate the free speech doctrines that restrict libel, making the law appear scarier than it is.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Self-inflicted cybercrime panic

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During the Silly People’s Improv Theater oracle segment the night before the Supreme Court released its decision on the Cybercrime Prevention Act, a spectator asked: “Will I be convicted of a cybercrime this year?” Protesters asked social media users to turn their profile pictures black last Feb. 25 and rally at the Edsa Shrine. Many have spontaneously cursed the high court, but specifics are curiously absent.

Posted: February 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Calling Tito Sotto an idiot is no cybercrime

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The decision of the Supreme Court upholding much of the Cybercrime Prevention Act, including the online libel provision inserted by a now haughty Sen. Tito Sotto, has provoked countless panicked, confused responses.

Posted: February 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Legal issue in Meralco case unclear

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Supreme Court justices appeared to be searching for a legal issue to rule on in the final hearing last Feb. 11 on the Manila Electric Co.’s unprecedented rate hike.

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

Speed dating as life philosophy

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Filipinos are terrified of speed dating. What would terrify a girl held all her life to the Maria Clara stereotype more than having to consecutively market herself to 20 strangers? It would be sheer torture for someone raised in an ultraconservative Chinese-Filipino family or an extreme introvert who is in credible conversation only in groups of up to four.

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

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