The Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights is a waste of space and should be abolished

Put in the form of a more confronting question, the debate around the point (if any) of having a “Commission on Human Rights” (CHR) becomes a bit more clear… If the Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights were to disappear tomorrow, would there be any significant consequences to the average Filipino? I posed the question several […]

Decriminalisation or repeal of libel law: It’s about time the Philippines becomes a modern country

It is not surprising that Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III wholeheartedly supports criminal libel in the Philippines. Luis Teodoro, BusinessWorld columnist and former dean of the College of Mass Communications of the University of the Philippines, wrote in a 2003 article about how the spectre of harassment-by-libel emerged in the Philippine scene so […]

Chief Justice Renato Corona is protected by the Cory Aquino Constitution

A critic of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona lamented over Twitter, “But Corona is using the law for his own protection.” Eureka! Corona’s critic had the answer to the dilemma dividing the sentiments of the entire nation. Indeed, if the law cannot protect the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, then the law cannot […]

Does Leah Navarro advocate a repeal of the Bill of Rights?

A self-described stalwart of everything that quintessentially Filipino oxymoron “civil society” stands for and staunch anti-Corona crusader Leah Navarro let loose what sounded like a whopper of a Freudian slip in a tweet she issued last Tuesday the 15th May: If a public official or citizen has nothing to hide, the possibility of an audit […]

AMLC – the new Philippine Constabulary: Impeachment Senator-Judges beware!

It’s the second day of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales’s “testimony” in the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona. Bottom line still is the fact that no beginning cash balance to serve as a baseline to give meaning to the cash flows presented by Morales could be produced. Without a beginning balance, there is […]