Opinion & Analysis

By Atty. Romulo B. Macalintal

Binay immune from criminal suit but not from impeachment

Immunity from suit of the President, Vice-President and other constitutional officials is not provided for in our constitution nor in any existing law.  It is a mere tradition.  Thus, if the President is immune from suit while in office, the same privilege could be extended to Vice-President Jejomar Binay considering that the Office of the 

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NORA AUNOR in Hustisya

Social ills and personal contradictions

Film Review: HUSTISYA Aunor’s topnotch acting, Lamangan’s directing prowess and Lee’s masterly script highlight By Rachelle Cruz With nearly 400 films in the roster, the 39th annual Toronto International Film Festival kicked off Sept. 4 to 14. This year, three films from the Philippines made the cut: Lav Diaz’s What is Before, Carlos Siguion-Reyna’s Where I 

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By Atty. Romulo B. Macalintal

Passing bill with no quorum should be criminalized

The imperative need for a quorum to pass a bill in Congress (Senate and House of Representatives) was not placed in the Constitution for nothing nor to merely serve as a motherhood provision.  Quorum or the number of legislators required to approve a bill is legally required to insure that the same has been properly 

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10 myths destroyed by the People’s Initiative campaign

1. President Noynoy Aquino is sincere in abolishing the pork barrel system. PDAF (legislative pork) was abolished but the funds were embedded in the national budget. DAP (presidential pork) was discontinued but the unconstitutional principles that sustained it were maliciously inserted in the 2015 General Appropriations Bill. Aquino adopted and expanded the crooked practices of 

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MP SITSABAIESAN: Bring injured Palestinian children from Gaza to Canada for treatment

My NDP colleagues and I welcome the announcement of a long-term ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. Millions of innocent civilians were caught in the line of fire in the Middle East, and more than two thousand have been killed since July.  I am deeply concerned about the situation. New Democrats have been urging the Government 

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Toronto Star

Open letter from Lilia Ordinario Joaquin

CAREGIVER TO BE DEPORTED ON AUG. 22 July 30, 2014 I’m Lilia Ordinario Joaquin, a caregiver under the Live-In Caregiver Program. I came to Canada in 2007 in hope of providing a better future for my family in the Philippines. I am the sole breadwinner for my family since my husband has no permanent job. 

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By Clemente Bautista

Pagpupugay sa mga Abogado ng Bayan

The columnist delivered the following in a speech during the NUPL (National Union of Peoples’ lawyers) testimonial for new people’s lawyers held last June 3. Clemente Bautista and Kalikasan Peoples Network for the Environment have worked with NUPL on a number of controversial cases involving the environment. Nakakatuwa na dumadami ang mga abugadong magbibigay serbisyo 

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Lobby Group

Gaining political influence in Canada – Part 7 But it is not as hard as we think. If we have a well financed lobbyist to do the job for us then we can be as effective as other well financed business groups. Sometimes we only have to pinpoint the chairman and members of the committee 

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A Tribute to Andres Bonifacio

Bonifacio and Rizal: Of Oil and Water and Men of Conviction By Alex Moises July 3, 1892: Jose Rizal organized the Liga Filipina in Tondo, Manila. He met a man named Andres Bonifacio who became one of the founding members of the organization. Jose Rizal was born on June 19, 1861 in Calamba, Laguna. His 

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HEROES AND HISTORY. We need to acknowledge lessons from historical experiences and find ways to redress grievances so we can truly move on

Why celebrate Philippine independence on June 12?

By Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza Those who paid attention to their history lessons will remember that the Philippines did not remain free of a colonizing power long after that declaration. When the Philippines was about to commemorate its Centennial of Independence in 1998, the issue of when to celebrate it was a major debate among historians. The 

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