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Election lawyer: Abolish Congress

The very dismal performance of our legislators in 2013 is enough justification to call for the abolition of Congress. Last year, Congress passed only one law, the one-page Republic Act No. 10632 which suspended the 2013 Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Let’s lower shipping costs

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Amendments to the Cabotage Law would help do it. There’s a bill in Congress—and has been there since the late 1990s. As expected, approval of the bill is being opposed by local shipping companies, one of which had too many accidents that resulted in the death of more than 4,000 passengers yet is still allowed to ply its deadly trade. I’ve no idea why. Perhaps someone at the transportation department can tell me.

Posted: November 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

We have the right to know

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It’s called the proposed Freedom of Information Act and it seeks to promote transparency in government transactions. The President promised its passage during the campaign: He must honor his promise.

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

Let SC decide; lawmakers should stick to lawmaking

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Malacañang speaks with a forked tongue. It says the graft-ridden PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) has been abolished by President Aquino. Not totally true.

Posted: October 10th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Harder than finding needle in hay stack

After a seeming endless and arduous debate in Congress,  the Reproductive Health Law is now in the hands (or minds) of our Supreme Court justices.   The central issue is whether or not the law violates the constitutional provision on the right to life.   Everyone knows that finding an irrefutable answer to the question [...]

Posted: August 21st, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

‘POOR’ appeals for Senate’s support

We, the fast-diminishing remnants of the country’s decades-long underprivileged “members of POOR” (pension-less old-age and optional retirees under Republic Act No. 1616), most respectfully make this urgent appeal principally to our Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto and to the other senators of the 16th Congress: Please revive and steer Senate Bill No. 2854 [...]

Posted: August 20th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | 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 »

The only way to go

A new Congress, a new opportunity for the Freedom of Information bill to make it through the mill—if President Aquino decides to fulfill his campaign promise and push for it. That “if” is the biggest stumbling block to the bill’s passage. The President—however much he has been reminded that people voted for him partly because he promised a more open, transparent system of governance—has found various reasons to stall, delay and evade forthright action on the FOI bill. With three congresses having gone by and the bill still stuck in a legislative no man’s land, his justifications have grown more untenable, and the public’s patience is wearing thin.

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What about owners of private property?

Cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war! Parañaque City Rep. Gustavo Tambunting has filed a bill in Congress seeking to institute a Code of Conduct for Demolition and Eviction of Homeless and Underprivileged Citizens.

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

What man has put together

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The battle lines are being drawn in Congress. That’s between Church and State, and that’s over divorce.

Posted: July 8th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Certified urgent

While the avowed focus of the 1st Inquirer Senate Forum last Wednesday was the inner workings of the Senate, the three former and four incumbent senators who accepted the invitation spent more time discussing pressing issues, including the hot-button topic of political dynasties.

Posted: April 11th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

A model for the recovery of stolen assets

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On Jan. 28, the Philippine Congress passed the landmark law on the reparation and recognition of victims of human rights violations during the Marcos regime. President Aquino brought the “Compensation Act” into force by signing it on Feb. 25.   Its passage reflects the high importance the Philippine government is devoting to the promotion and [...]

Posted: March 3rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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