By David Celestra Tan
To be fair, deregulating the power sector is a daunting task. The dynamics of the sector are complicated by our country’s political and moral landscape.
Sen. Tito Sotto is seeking the reimposition of a bill that would mete out death as the ultimate penalty for heinous crimes. For him, there is no conflict between his defense of the unborn and his disdain for the lives of convicts. “I am prolife for the unborn and the Filipino family. I am prodeath to heinous criminals,” he says.
By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
It’s that time of year again to get things moving and for people to work for the passage of the freedom of information (FOI) bill that had long been deliberately delayed, and then killed.
In civilized societies, persons with disability (PWDs) are able to live as close to normal lives as possible, with affirmative action in terms of employment and provisions for them in the form of ramps for wheelchairs, dedicated parking slots, allocated seats in public transport, specific toilets, etc. These provisions are rarely found in this neck of the woods, and even if available, are quickly appropriated with no compunction by the able-bodied—a sad indictment of many Filipinos as having no compelling idea of the realities confronting the PWDs among them. It will take a while for Philippine society to fully recognize PWDs as having not only the same rights and privileges as others but also special needs that should not give rise to their being treated with condescension, contempt and downright cruelty.
It seems to me, rather sadly, that our lawmakers—whether greenhorn or veteran, lawyer or nonlawyer—still believe this country needs new laws to minimize injuries from firecrackers. And so, Sen. Nancy Binay has filed a bill criminalizing the giving or selling of these items to children, while Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago wants a specially designated place for [...]
By Bartolome C. Fernandez Jr.
I read with keen interest Randy Peralta’s letter where he urged the Supreme Court to explain its previous decisions upholding the constitutionality of the pork barrel system, in light of its latest ruling striking down the same as unconstitutional (Opinion, 12/5/13).
This is in connection with Conchita C. Razon’s article titled “What would Jesus do?” (Lifestyle, 11/10/13), where she said that she has researched but has found “no updates or amendments to the law,” referring to the Mendicancy Law of 1978.
An Act Providing for a Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof; or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act
By MANUEL F. ALMARIO
As we observe the 41st anniversary of the proclamation of martial law on Sept. 21, it is instructive to know that the detestable pork barrel had its origin in Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship.
By Oscar Franklin Tan
Feminist stereotypes coalesced into the sight of older men grilling a progressive woman lawyer, Sen. Pia Cayetano, on Day 4 (Aug. 13) of the Supreme Court oral arguments on the Reproductive Health Act. Cayetano not only injected powerful, concrete images into the abstract debates, she also trapped Justice Roberto Abad, who questioned each pro-RH advocate [...]
Countries with Freedom of Information laws “have lower incidence of corruption” and a better quality of life than nations that just recently enforced such a measure or have none at all, according to a study by former Inquirer reporter Edson Tandoc Jr., a Fulbright scholar and doctoral candidate at the Missouri School of Journalism.
By Patricia R.P. Salvador Daway
When did the Batas Kasambahay or Republic Act No. 10361, and its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) come into effect?