Opinion & Analysis

By Atty. Romulo  B. Macalintal

Inordinate delay, mootness could dismiss court martial case vs Trillanes

Just because the word “court” is used in “courts martial” or “military courts” does not mean that they are courts within our judicial system.  In many cases, the Supreme Court held that “courts martial (or military tribunals) are not courts within our judicial system and are simply instrumentalities of the Executive power (and that) the 

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This is not just about Senator Trillanes

By Ann Marxze Umil Bulatlat.com The nullification of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s amnesty is not surprising for those who are standing up against the tyrant in Malacañang. Remember that a month ago or so, former Bayan Muna Representatives Teddy Casiño and Satur Ocampo, former National Anti Poverty Commission lead convener Liza Maza and former Agrarian 

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Pres. Duterte miscalculated his hold on institutions in revoking the amnesty granted to Sen. Antoinio Trillanes IV

Duterte loses to Trillanes

By Segundo Eclar Romero Duterte has set the stage for sacrificing Jose Calida. He has said he issued Presidential Proclamation 572 on the say so or Calida as Solicitor-General. Duterte, of course, knows that targeting Trillanes was a joint project between him and Calida. They both hated the Senator, and would take the first opportunity, 

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Duterte’s Banana Republic

Duterte campaigned on being a “change” politician – a breath of fresh air from the putrid-smelling “trapos”. But with the order to arrest Trillanes, it’s business as usual in our banana republic. Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, a banana republic makes a beast. By José Victor ‘Jayvee’ Salameña From the 

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Mocha Uson’s tools to propagate the benefits of federalism are a far cry from the Federalist Papers

Pepe-dede-ralismo? Seriously?

The push for a federal republic is no joke. Charter change, especially federalism, has far-reaching ramifications, and we need to have serious discussions about this draft constitution. By José Victor ‘Jayvee’ Salameña (This editorial is rated SPG for Language and Sex) The first modern republic – the United States – did not have a smooth 

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Duterte and the Perils of the Modern Imperial Presidency

By Jose Victor ‘Jayvee’ Salameña In Duterte’s push for a shift towards a federal republic, a dialogue has begun on whether elements of Westminster-style Parliamentary governance should be included in the proposed charter change. Often, proponents of a Parliamentary system use the term the “imperial presidency” to criticize the vast powers that are bestowed upon 

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‘Billed-billed-billed’ debt problem ahead – IBON

The national debt is equal to 48 percent of the 6.8-percent GDP in the first quarter of this year. By Adam Ang Bulatlat.com MANILA–Taxpayers would have to subsidize private profits and shoulder debts incurred through domestic and foreign borrowings due to the Build, Build, Build (BBB) infrastructure program of the Duterte administration, an independent economic 

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Jobs crisis intensifying under Duterte — IBON

Research group IBON said that despite recently hyped growth of 6.8% in first quarter 2018 the country’s jobs situation continues to worsen under the Duterte administration. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that the employment rate grew slightly to 94.5% in April 2018, while the unemployment rate was lower at 5.5 percent. The jobs situation 

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Will Duterte go to hell or heaven?

Duterte’s Damnation and Lincoln’s Redemption The 16th President of a religious nation not being religious? It’s just another similarity between Rodrigo Duterte and his hero Abraham Lincoln, both 16th Presidents of their respective republics.  But, though the question remains hotly contested by historians to this very day, there is ample evidence that suggests Lincoln, who 

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8,000 suspects nabbed, many detained in overcrowded jails

Philippines: Anti-loitering’ arrests target poor MANILA–The Philippine National Police (PNP) should immediately end a “crime prevention” campaign that has disproportionately targeted “loiterers” in low-income areas of Manila and other cities, Human Rights Watch said on June 26. Since June 13, 2018, police have arrested more than 8,000 people and detained many in detention facilities already 

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