Opinion & Analysis

Pres. Duterte addressing the military. 
Screengraby from RTVM file photo.

The Bureau of Customs: Duterte’s Booby Trap for the Military

It looks like another naive, impulsive move, but turning over the Bureau of Customs to the military is possibly the most dangerous move Duterte has hatched. Before this, the military has refused to be involved in the war on drugs. It has refused Duterte’s invitation to spearhead a revolutionary government. He has chided the military 

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Filipino American Visibility Day at the University of California Berkeley

By Mong Palatino ManilaToday.net Last night I was watching the Warriors game held at the Oracle. How big is the Oracle? Maybe it has a capacity of 18 to 20,000. Imagine the Oracle full of dead bodies. This is the estimated number of drug-related extrajudicial killings in the Philippines under the administration of President Rodrigo 

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NERI COLMENARES

‘Arroyo’s Cha-cha opens up her possible return to the presidency’

Colmenares on Arroyo’s draft charter Bayan Muna Chairman and former Rep. Neri Colmenares today (Oct. 9) said that the Resolution of Both Houses No. 15 which Speaker Gloria Arroyo filed contains provisions which could catapult her back to the presidency. “ While Article XVII section 2 provide that the incumbent president and vice president shall 

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Michael Yang

Michael Yang is presidential economic adviser

By Ellen Tordesillas Things will never be the same between China and President Duterte after the latter’s unprovoked comment about businessman Michael Yang and Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua at the dinner with officers and members Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association, Inc. last Oct. 4 in Malacañang. Duterte is now regarded by Chinese officials as a 

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Critical thinking under government attack, transformative education at risk

Recent government statements including by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) aim to stifle critical thinking of educators and students. By trying to censor ideas it finds objectionable, the State is violating the public’s right to free expression and academic freedom. This will stop education from being truly transformative. 

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RED-TAGGING. Members of the film community are up in arms after the military claimed students are being recruited by the Communist Party of the Philippines through film screenings. Photo courtesy of Dakila

Statements on Red-Tagging

Read the full statements of the organizations here: DAKILA DAKILA, the artist-activist group behind the Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival, condemns the “red-tagging” of the Duterte administration of schools, youth, artists and groups organizing Martial Law-themed film screenings. DAKILA, a group known to organize film screenings complemented with discussions on social messages of the 

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Julie Alipala

Harrassing Julie won’t kill the truth

By Ellen Tordesillas The harassment that journalist Julie Alipala of the Philippine Daily Inquirer is being subjected to because her story of the killing of seven persons in Patikul Sulu contradicts the military version underscores once again the higher risks that reporters in the provinces face compared to those in Metro Manila. A post in 

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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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SEN. TRILLANES
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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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