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‘A Framework with missing Agreements’

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One more not rise to a standing ovation for a trailer even before the movie is made, lest unrealistic expectations spoil the actual viewing. Similarly, the Framework Agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front is a milestone for sure, but unrestrained hype may well derail peace in the end. The Framework says little but the public has been conditioned to believe it says everything. What will happen when our people check under the hood and discover what’s not there?

Posted: October 18th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Bar exams: rote memory rather than real MCQs

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The so-called Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro uses words to conceal rather than reveal. For instance, it grandly declares: “The relationship of the Central Government with the Bangsamoro Government shall be asymmetric.”

Posted: October 11th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Misdirected critiques of Cybercrime Law

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Critics of the Cybercrime Law (RA 10175) err when they target its punishment of defamation. Libel has been punished in the Revised Penal Code since 1930, and presumably before that in the Spanish-era Codigo Penal. The Cybercrime Law didn’t invent it. That is completely understandable. After all, libel is defined as “a crime against honor,” [...]

Posted: October 4th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Responsible to future generations, and the present, too

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Recent debates on mining allow us to go beyond the usual skirmishes over minutiae and draw us into the war over bigger ideas. It’s about time, the better to confront the tyranny of political correctness and expose our underlying attitudes and philosophies.

Posted: September 27th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Martial law and the ideological time warp

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WHY DO those who are old enough to remember martial law make great effort today to mark its 40th anniversary? Because many of us are worried that the next generation seems blasé about a return to dictatorship and some even sound like they would relish it. I have in the past looked at the pedagogical [...]

Posted: September 20th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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