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It’s all over but the signing. Philippine officials have been careful to say that the agreement on enhanced defense cooperation between Manila and Washington will not be unduly rushed merely to coincide with.
By Neal H. Cruz
This is that time of the year when the temperature sizzles that one thinks of the great wide open spaces out there where cool breezes blow, and sand, surf, sea and sun meet.
By Ramon Farolan
In April 1994, President Fidel V. Ramos appointed Gen. Arturo T. Enrile as AFP chief of staff.
By Nicolas G. Maderazo
Each March, particularly on the bar exam results day (BERD), I relive the ecstatic moments in 1970 when I learned that I had made it.
By Chet Espino
It’s easy to see why many in the prolife community are celebrating the Supreme Court decision upholding Republic Act No. 10354 or the Reproductive Health Law as “not unconstitutional.” The eight items struck down by the high court as unconstitutional are after all the very provisions objected to by the anti-RH camp.
Every summer, three decades ago, the agricultural company I worked with offered on the job training (OJT) to at least five students from various universities and colleges.
Former mayor and now Rep. Evelio Leonardia has been accused of plunder in six cases and of other acts of corruption in 20 others, based on COA (Commission on Audit) reports.
We refer to the news article titled “Marcoses oppose forfeiture of seized Malacañang jewelry” (News, 4/4/14). In the eighth paragraph, the report says that “Only the Malacañang collection has been declared forfeited by the court. No judgment has yet been handed down on the two other collections.”
Republic act No. 4166 affirms Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo’s proclamation of Philippine independence from Spain, in Kawit, Cavite, on June 12, 1898. But that proclamation was invalidated by the Treaty of Paris, a peace agreement that ended the Spanish-American War. Under this treaty, Spain ceded the Philippines, Guam and Puerto Rico to the United States of America, for $20 million.
We sincerely hope the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) will move forward, and not stay on paper only. We also hope that the signatories, especially those representing the Bangsamoro, are sincere in their desire to make the CAB work, for it is a milestone for peace.
By Solita Collas-Monsod
This newspaper’s headline was “SC ruling on RH: Win-win,” based apparently on the reactions of both the pros and antis (“jubilation”) to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Reproductive Health Law, or to the announcement of the decision as read by Teddy Te. No copy of the decision was released then, only a reading of its dispositive portion. The pros thought they won because the high court gave its imprimatur to everything except eight items. The antis were jubilant because of the eight items, six of which had to do with alleged infringements on religious freedom; one dealing with the need to obtain spousal consent; and the eighth dealing with the need for parental consent. The striking down of these items rendered the law “toothless,” according to the antis, specifically Lito David of the Pro-Life Foundation.
By Mahar Mangahas
It is more correct to call the Filipino people united than to call them divided on the issue of wanting a government program to provide services on reproductive health (RH) for all. For the longest time, the great majority of the people have favored it, and only a small minority opposed it. Yet those opposed were able to thwart passage of the RH bill for 14 years, and after that to get the Supreme Court to restrain implementation of the law by another year.