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Without doubt, the ongoing hearings on the Maguindanao 57, which includes 32 journalists and media workers, are of great public interest. How this will be resolved will say much about the new administration’s quest to right past wrongs.

Posted on November 22, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Institutions, Marites Dañguilan-Vitug, Media, Sectors, The Judiciary

Today, the Supreme Court justices resume their sessions after a two-week recess. It will be hard, though, for most of them to go about doing their business as usual. Something they did violated basic values of honesty and integrity — values they’re supposed to stand for.

Posted on November 15, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Institutions, Marites Dañguilan-Vitug, The Judiciary

While the changes PNoy has made are largely about style, these are also about a culture that is slowly seeping in. These are about not flaunting power, about the meaning of being in public office. In a country that is steeped in class consciousness, this counts for much.

Posted on November 8, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Marites Dañguilan-Vitug

I’ve been hanging around with my older friends lately that I think I’m seeing my future. I can see myself turning 60, moving on to the early and mid-60s, and making choices about what else I want to do with the rest of my life.

Posted on November 1, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Marites Dañguilan-Vitug

I recently met three extraordinary women brought together by their histories covering uncivil wars and ghastly murders in unkind countries. Claudia Julieta Duque, Vicky Ntetema, Alma Guillermoprieto and Tsering Woeser are this year’s recipients of the Courage in Journalism Awards.

Posted on October 26, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Marites Dañguilan-Vitug, Media

Try as I might, I find it hard to decipher how Malacañang decides on what policy to pursue. A number of instances have shown us that some policies do not go through the Cabinet wringer or through a clear process of review or vetting.

Posted on October 11, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Marites Dañguilan-Vitug

The Supreme Court is, once more, in dangerous territory. It is reducing Congress to a passive player and making the President a bystander. Will these nine justices continue to veto what is a legitimate process, one of the lifelines of a democracy?

Posted on October 3, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Marites Dañguilan-Vitug

Whenever I read of ranking government officials of other countries resigning from office because they violated ethics or take responsibility for the failings of their subordinates, I am envious and amazed. In our country, public officials are like Velcro.

Posted on September 2, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Marites Dañguilan-Vitug

The Justices belong to a different league. They are unelected—to insulate them from politics and not to subject them to the whims as well as the compromises of politicians and power brokers. They are not chosen on the basis of popularity.

Posted on August 26, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Marites Dañguilan-Vitug, The Judiciary

We sat from our perch, watched government and other news subjects
closely, and performed our job hewing to the highest ethical and
journalistic standards. We were not to embellish facts, we were always,
always to get all sides to a story.

Posted on August 2, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Marites Dañguilan-Vitug
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