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Martial law’s specter looms in checkpoints

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In confronting the various threats posed by these perilous times, should there be a tradeoff between the rule of law and the exigencies of public safety and order? Should the safeguards against government abuses—which are enshrined in our Constitution as a continuing repudiation of the abuses during the Marcos era—give way to the expediency of the hour?

Posted: October 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The night Marcos declared martial law

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Last Sunday, Filipinos heard for the first time in 40 years the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ TV speech declaring martial law in September 1972, the beginning of a brutal dictatorship that ruled the country for 14 years.

Posted: September 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The Binays’ problem

The investigation being conducted by the Senate blue ribbon committee into the allegedly grossly overpriced Makati City Hall building 2, which is actually a 6-story car park, may have some political undertones; but this is understandable since the accusers, the accused and the investigators are politicians. But it is very necessary, in order to ferret out the truth, considering that the accused are the incumbent vice president (who may become our next president in 2016), his wife, his two daughters and a son, the incumbent Makati mayor.

Posted: September 4th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Defiance and heroism

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Coming home wasn’t Ninoy Aquino’s first act of defiance against the Marcos regime, as the 2000 article by former senator and Cory Aquino-era executive secretary Joker Arroyo reveals.

Posted: August 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Ninoy Aquino’s assassination

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If Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. had not been murdered, he would have become, sooner or later, the president of the Philippines. He was only 50 on the day he was killed, Aug. 21, 1983, just minutes after the plane bringing him home from exile landed at the then Manila International Airport. He would have easily won the vote if Ferdinand Marcos, who seized total power in 1972, had allowed free elections to be held after the formal lifting of martial law in 1981. He was the dictator’s most formidable foe. There was never any question that Ninoy Aquino’s star would rise as soon as the Marcos regime fell.

Posted: August 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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