Category Archives: rule of law

COMMENTARY: Ayaw niyo? Aid(i) huwag niyo!

I’m all for asserting our independence in all aspects of our national life, and in how we interact with the international community to advance Filipino interests and the common good. From this perspective, the President’s recent decision to turn down European aid could prove to be a major milestone. Or not. Secretary Ernesto Abella, Presidential […]

Duterte’s threats: in August, martial law; in November, suspension of writ of habeas corpus

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 Nov) – In his first four months as President, Rodrigo Roa Duterte has threatened to declare martial law and suspend the writ of habeas corpus in pursuit of his war on drugs and between these options, issued Proclamation 55, declaring a “state of national emergency on account of lawlessness in Mindanao,” which […]

COMMENTARY: The first 100 days and the vision in the Duterte inauguration speech

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 October) — Like other Dabawenyos, I am gratified to know that in his first 100 days President Rody Duterte, he who promised a government of “malasakit at tunay na pagbabago,” got a net satisfaction rating of “very good.” I note that Presidents Fidel Ramos, Noynoy Aquino, Cory Aquino and Erap Estrada also […]

TURNING POINT: Misconception and Misapprehension

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 27 August) — Crimes committed by civilians against other civilians like theft, rape, murder and the like, are the concern and responsibility of the government law enforcing agencies like the Philippine Naitonal Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), etc… a task to pursue in coordination with the judiciary. In […]