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De facto martial law in schools

The youth group Anakbayan calls for the Commission on Higher Education’s intervention to stop student repression and oppression by school administrators of various universities in Metro Manila:

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

Partial compensation from the Marcos loot

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Thousands of victims-survivors and relatives of those who perished and vanished during the dark night of martial rule have each been handed their compensation checks for the second time. I received mine last Monday. A photo of that came out on page 2 of the Inquirer last Tuesday. I was wearing my “Martial Law Survivor” overshirt and holding the EastWest Bank check. Also in the photo was our lead counsel Robert Swift, smiling.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What was People Power?

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Nearly 30 years after Edsa, there is as yet no authoritative history of the Marcos years, just as a critical history of their demise has yet to be written. In the meantime, it might be worth asking: What was Edsa? What made it such a singular event?

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Setting history right

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That was an interesting letter Joker Arroyo wrote P-Noy on the eve of the 28th anniversary of Edsa. Joker has a complaint, and that is the appointment of police general Lina Castillo Sarmiento as chair of the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Remember the plunder

The Inquirer’s series on the Edsa People Power revolution, whose 28th anniversary we mark today, helps deepen our understanding of those four
pivotal days in history.

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Atrocious appointment

The Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (Selda) announces the formation of the People’s Claim Board, in protest of President Aquino’s appointment of a retired police director, Lina Sarmiento, to the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB), a week before the law that creates it, the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 or Republic Act No. 10368, turns one year old.

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Behind the ‘miracle’ of Edsa

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In the months following the overthrow of the Marcos regime in February 1986, Filipinos greeted the air of freedom with a euphoric sigh of relief. The word “miracle” was on everybody’s lips. This was a way of making sense of a series of events that could have easily taken a different turn—what sociologists call a “formula for contingency.”

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘General Lina’ and a city’s soul

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I first encountered the now retired police general Lina Sarmiento when she represented the Philippine National Police in a forum on women and peace.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Aquino’s macabre message an insult

Nothing personal, but does Lina Castillo Sarmiento “have a deep and thorough understanding and knowledge of human rights and involvement in efforts against human rights violations” committed during the Marcos regime?

Posted: February 17th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Aquino right to nix ‘Yolanda’ martial law

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It is unconscionable how Filipinos can treat martial law so lightly less than a generation after the Marcos dictatorship and barely three years after the Arroyo administration. It is alarming how the Aquino administration took several days to respond that it is unconstitutional to declare martial law after a calamity, even one as devastating as Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

Posted: November 12th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Free all political prisoners immediately

Decades after the Marcos dictatorship, the Philippines continues to face the grim reality of political prisoners. Whether under the fascist Marcos dictatorship or “democratic” administrations after him, the rights of political prisoners are repeatedly violated as they are slapped with fabricated charges, arbitrarily arrested and illegally detained. Many of them are tortured and denied their right to counsel and due process. They suffer through subhuman prison conditions, prolonged imprisonment and intentionally slowed-down judicial process.

Posted: October 29th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Filipino justice—from concept to practice

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Interesting, challenging and at times intriguing were the readers’ replies to the query I posed last Sunday on whether our present justice system reflects the Filipino concept of justice articulated by Dean Jose Manuel I. Diokno. These replies were posted on this paper’s website (www.inquirer.net). More numerous and many from abroad were those e-mailed directly to me. They could fill up several columns. For all these, I am grateful.

Posted: October 19th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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