Opinion & Analysis

Required reading

HE DOJ (Department of Justice) “Primer on Cybercrime” should be required reading for anyone who’s ever had any doubts about the Aquino administration’s support for the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (RA10175). Benigno Aquino III signed the RA 10175 into law on September 12, 2012, but his spokespersons initially blamed Congress for passing it. The 

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The new year in numbers

By Marites Dañguilan Vitug What to anticipate in 2013? Here are some numbers that reflect big issues in politics and policy and will have an impact on our lives, our politics, and our growth as a nation. 10354: The number of the Republic Act that is the culmination of the reproductive health bill, a close 

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Laws in our lives

By Reena Basser There is so much protection offered to the tenant by the Ontario government, that I think it’s wise to go over some of the main topics on this issue that effects many people. My column is meant to bring to light some of the key points of Ontario Law. I am a 

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A must holiday reading for leaders and candidates

By Marites Dañguilan Vitug “Why Nations Fail” is a hefty book of more than 500 pages and is heavy to carry around. But what it says is simple enough to be summarized in a few sentences. Here goes: Countries that prosper, generally, have “inclusive” economic institutions, meaning, they “enforce property rights, create a level playing 

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Zombie ideas

CORRUPTION IN media is well known, acknowledged, and being addressed in the press and media community itself. It is wrong to make it seem that it’s of recent discovery, or that nothing’s being done about it. The many forms of corruption in the media—whether bribery, extortion, being in the payroll of political and other interests, 

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Democracy? Why is the Aquino government ignoring human rights issues?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com Human rights is a very important issue for us in Bulatlat. We have written about the life of each and every victim of human rights violations. We tried to provide the context by which these violations are being committed by describing the life and struggles of the victims, the organizations they 

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Letter to the Editor: Defend human rights defenders

Recently, 28 individuals who are community leaders, volunteer development workers and local human rights defenders in Tinoc, Ifugao (Philippines) were listed in a document  “ Municipality of  Tinoc (Target Persons) that was issued by the 86th Battalion (Highlander) of the 5th Infantry (Star) Division of the Philippine Armed Forces labelling those in the list as 

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Diverse opinions: The essence of free media

By Alexandra Prieto-Romualdez (Editor’s note: Philippine Daily Inquirer President and CEO Alexandra Prieto-Romualdez delivered this speech at the 9th Media Nation Summit on Nov 23, 2012 in Tagaytay City.) I’m delighted to be part of Media Nation, this annual attempt by members of the country’s news profession to address issues of concern. And because it 

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Frankenpols

OLITICIANS ARE at least partly the creations of the mass media, which in many cases present to the public only their versions of the person rather than the person himself. These Frankenpols the media recklessly cobble together out of their often limited perceptions, expectations and biases, the way Victor Frankenstein of the Mary Shelley novel 

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Maguindanao massacre and the absence of genuine justice, press freedom, and good governance

The continued reign of impunity, political dynasties and warlordism, the Aquino government’s contempt for a critical press and the lack of sweeping political, electoral and judicial reforms all contribute to the absence of justice. By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com MANILA — The Maguindanao massacre is the worst attack on the media and press freedom; it is 

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