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Epira an imperfect law imperfectly implemented

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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.

Posted: February 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Knee-jerk

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.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Time again for FOI bill

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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.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Disabled

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.

Posted: January 11th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Enforcement needed, not new laws

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 [...]

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

A must for SC: Explain PDAF ruling

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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).

Posted: December 30th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Mendicancy Law amended; punishment for exploiters, not for alms-givers

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.

Posted: November 23rd, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Salient features of RA 10591

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

Posted: October 5th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Pork’s dictatorial root

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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.

Posted: September 13th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

RH Day 4: Abad doesn’t know human rights?

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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 [...]

Posted: August 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Better quality of life

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.

Posted: August 14th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Questions about kasambahay law

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Illustration by Steph Bravo

When did the Batas Kasambahay or Republic Act No. 10361, and its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) come into effect?

Posted: July 13th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

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