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Harassed in our own waters

First of all, why is the China Coast Guard patrolling our own waters, the West Philippine Sea, which by international law, the UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) to which both China and the Philippines are signatories, is recognized as clearly part of the territory of our country? Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano’s excuse (on behalf of whom?) that the brouhaha was nothing but a misunderstanding makes the situation we have gotten ourselves into even more pathetic.

Rule of law and ethical norms going downhill

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque has defended Solicitor General (SolGen) Jose Calida’s family security services firm having contracts worth over P150 million with four government agencies as not a case of conflict of interest. Of course, Calida claims that he had resigned his position as President of Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency, Inc. (Vigilant) when he became SolGen.

Shame on our shortsighted, irresponsible justices

Once upon a time, it was good manners to address justices as “Your honor,” and to refer to them in correspondence as “Honorable.” Today,...

Community action against hunger goes viral

When he was president of the Ateneo de Manila University, Jesuit Fr. Bienvenido Nebres developed a program of outreach to public schools as a...

A biased Supreme Court, threat to our fragile democracy

Unless The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) reverses itself on its position that a resolution issued in Year 2010 stipulating...

Court of last resort flip flops once again

I guess it should no longer be surprising that once again, mere letters from lawyer Estelito Mendoza to the Supreme Court, with Associate Justice...

Lessons from The Post

Steven Spielberg’s sense of timing is clearly remarkable. We have the press in the US under siege from the White House with charges of...

Our machismo politics

United Nations-sponsored studies have concluded that Filipino women are among the most empowered of their kind in the world. So, I really cannot understand...

China’s power and territorial expansion

Although I am certain of being at least 37.5% Chinese from my maternal grandparents, I have only seen the mainland from a hill in...

Federalism brand in front; dangerous agenda in back

Being a probinsiyana myself, I can sympathize with long time Davao Mayor Duterte’s passionate, and even seemingly sincere advocacy of Federalism. In some earlier columns,...

Con Ass: Potential Disaster

How easily we forget. It is only a generation ago when we marched in the streets for years to oust a dictator, and promised...

Infrastructure and dictatorship

One of our wealthiest citizens has been quoted to have said that infrastructure development is faster under dictatorships. I hope this does not encourage...

Investing in our human capital

In my multifaceted career, the most difficult, though psychically rewarding full time jobs were those as a teacher. I started out as a high...

The SyCip Magic: passionate attentiveness to matters great and small

There is no question that Washington Sycip was an awesomely great man who has made a great difference in people and institutions that were...

Teacher’s job: Unlocking human potential

One of my first jobs after college was as a high school and college instructor in Baybay, Leyte at a school run by Franciscan...

State power, brute force

It is not difficult to tell if our Congressmen are ignoramuses or hoodlums, or both in the way they have been conducting themselves. First...

Lead. Inspire. Transform.

When it was founded in 1968 by the Ateneo and de la Salle with technical support from Harvard University and funding assistance from the...

The good, the bad, and the ugly

Grassroots & Governance By Teresa S. Abesamis After one year, it is time for stock taking on the Duterte administration. I see its impact...