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By VICENTE V. MENDOZA MANILA, Philippines—I want to thank the Philippine Press Institute for inviting me to speak in this program honoring community newspapers for excellence in various aspects of civic journalism. Newspapers and other news media are entitled to our gratitude for keeping us informed of the world around us. I often think of [...]

Posted on June 27, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Commentary, Justice & Human Rights, Media

By CONCHITA CARPIO-MORALES Retired Supreme Court Justice MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court is not a good place to retire because by the time you retire everybody knows you are already turning 70. I find consolation, however, in what Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. stated that “to be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful [...]

Posted on June 27, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Commentary, People, The Judiciary

By JUSTICE ROBERTO ABAD Although I have worked with Justice Chit [Conchita Carpio-Morales] for just a few years, it has been easy to be her friend because, contrary to some misimpressions about her, she is an intensely warm person, affectionate, and sincere to the core. She is a paradox. Her tongue is sharp but her [...]

Posted on June 23, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Commentary, Institutions, Justice System, The Judiciary

The issue of war and peace in the South China Sea (SCS) largely depends on China’s current and future behavior. The promotion of a rules-based regime in the SCS must be presented in a way that it will not be misconstrued as “anti-China” so that the problem anarchy in the SCS will provide the prospects for peace, stability and prosperity for all.

Posted on June 7, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Commentary, Defense & Security, Foreign Affairs, Rommel Banlaoi, Sectors, Voices

By SYLVIA L. MAYUGA “No forests, no watershed; no watershed, no water; no water, no rice; no rice, no economy.” Neric Acosta’s summary of danger in the Philippine environment drew the crowds on the campaign trail with Noynoy Aquino. They sensed the urgency with which this three-term congressman of Bukidnon’s lone district had authored interconnected [...]

Posted on June 5, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

China has to make its own people accountable for the Amy Douglas Bank incident in the Spratlys

Posted on June 2, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Commentary, Foreign Affairs, Rommel Banlaoi, Sectors, Voices

The new ombudsman would certainly be dealing with a lot of difficulties and great challenges. What is definite is that he or she must be ready to review a roomful of cases awaiting his/her final approval.

Posted on May 31, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

The Dutch Ambassador to Manila journeys to a World Heritage site, which is more than just a diving site

Posted on May 22, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

As a terrorist group, Al Qaeda is a resilient global organization whose life does not depend on the life of its leaders.

Posted on May 2, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Commentary, Defense & Security, Sectors

While we need to pursue diplomatic offensives to assert PH claim in the disputed region, proper timing is necessary to accomplish not only our short-term tactical goals but also its long-term strategic objectives.

Posted on April 28, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Commentary, Foreign Affairs, Sectors

When the media uncovered the buyout a few months after it was consummated on December 15, 1983, Danding Cojuangco tried hard to hide from the public the key institutions involved in the sale.

Posted on April 25, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Agriculture, Business & Economy, Commentary, Sectors
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