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Equality before the law

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The highly anticipated arrest and detention the other day of Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. on charges of plunder proceeded quite smoothly, despite the brief jostling among the media, security people and horde of bystanders in the premises of the Sandiganbayan building. Surely, the police and the court’s security personnel could do better next time [...]

Posted: June 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Agrarian reform: Powerful law, ineffectual bureaucracy

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When the original CARP program that was passed under President Corazon Aquino was in danger of unraveling, the peasant movement came together and pushed the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms, or CARPER, through Congress in 2009.

Posted: June 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

The role of law in the rule of law

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An article in the British paper Independent (5/3/14) caught my attention. It illustrates the way statements to the police are considered in another legal system, in contrast to the way we regard ours.

Posted: May 17th, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘This is vintage martial law practice’

THE REVIVAL of the trumped-up charges against former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and peace consultants in talks with the government, including Randall Echanis, Rafael Baylosis, Vicente Ladlad, and recently arrested Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria, signals the intensification of the Left’s political persecution by the Aquino administration.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Unpaid creditor vs distressed debtor

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How does one satisfy an unpaid creditor without being unfair to a distressed debtor? This was the dilemma tackled by Dean Nilo T. Divina of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Civil Law and one of the 10 holders of the “Chief Justice Panganiban Professorial Chairs on Liberty and Prosperity” during a well-attended public lecture at the UST recently.

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

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