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Attack on Edca bungled in high court

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Acting Solicitor General Florin Hilbay’s first case was defending the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement at the Supreme Court last Nov. 18.

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

Uber: clash of law vs common sense

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The commuting public hid none of its contempt for the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board’s crackdown on Uber, its trusted (albeit unlicensed) alternative to Manila taxis. The LTFRB was legally correct, but only demonstrated how going strictly by black-letter law can be the worst possible myopia.

Posted: November 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Bangsamoro bill can’t be analyzed legally

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The formidable array of legal experts tapped by the House of Representatives’ ad hoc committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law will not be able to resolve the bill’s constitutionality.

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

‘Bikini girls’ didn’t kill privacy on Facebook!

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Privacy is not dead on Facebook! The Supreme Court ruling rejecting the “bikini girls’” privacy claim against St. Theresa’s College in Cebu City has been exaggerated and taken out of context in some reports. The ruling is sound, but I wish it were clearer that it had little to do with Facebook or currently debated social media privacy issues.

Posted: October 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Same-sex civil unions: unconstitutional

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A primacy on publicly recognizing human dignity, not legal acrobatics, is now the mainstream argument for same-sex marriage.

Posted: October 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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