The response of President Duterte to an ISIS-led siege in the city of Marawi is a no-brainer. Past presidents made the same decision to contain the damage and protect the countrymen—a classic and the most used reasoning worn-out by times and old-fashioned by leaders compelled by the existing state of affairs.
Through the legislative hard work of the late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Senator Loren Legarda as the primary sponsor and co-sponsor, respectively, they successfully convinced the Senate to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. On 30 August 2011 the Philippines ratified the Rome Statute, making the country the 117th party to join the International Criminal Court or ICC.
On Scarborough Shoal and Benham Rise Issues: A Reevaluation of Status Quo the Philippines Should Take Into
It isn’t one or two times that the Philippines encountered disputes on territory and sovereignty issue between and among neighbors in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). With the Philippines’ strategic coordinates of 12.8797° N latitude, 121.7740° E longitude, her unique and advancing positioning in the Pacific is considered to be the most sought-after target in leveraging—for both military and economic advancement.
Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong,
but finding out the right and upholding it,
against the wrong. –Theodore Roosevelt
House Bill No. 01 (HB 01) or the Death Penalty Law opens up a disgruntling division in a Christian nation where more than 80% of the people is Roman Catholic. Acceptance can only be a way out to veer away with the idea of debate over a religious view so pious that it has already embedded in the culture of their beliefs since time immemorial. Continue reading
The death penalty or capital punishment isn’t new to the criminal justice system, especially in the Philippines. The failure of this punishment as crime deterrent hasn’t become unfamiliar to both ends of the rope, either. Rather, strong dissents of the death penalty successfully argued and unfolded the setbacks experienced by those countries that this penalty still exists. Continue reading
We are all pencils in the hand of God. –Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Nobody could ever make a painful, straightforward assessment to a person but from a person who knows best. No one could question the faith of the believers who believed things only by their own convictions and mere faith, unless they, themselves (the Believers), experienced firsthand and witnessed with their naked eyes the things they were made to believe. Cynics may agree with me on this; the brainwashed may not and curse me with their tongue of hooliganism or accuse me of aspersion from head to toe. Continue reading
This supposedly must be a long overdue issue on whether the former President Ferdinand Marcos be buried at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani (LNMB) would now come to rest. Thanks to President Duterte for having the “balls” to end this long been sensationalized plot in the theatrical Philippine politics. Continue reading
On my articles, “China-Philippines Scarborough Shoal Dispute: Will There Be Another Falklands War in Asia? and “Analysis: Philippines Weak Claims Over Scarborough Shoal“, my assessment was to settle it outside the provisions of the legal “nuts and bolts” of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea or UNCLOS. Both claimants must talk and exercise the best diplomacy could possibly be afforded for the sake of respect and camaraderie in all Asian nations. Or else, another Falkland war might be ticking.
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Had China and the Philippines ongoing dispute founded on security and threat, economic dimension, political and strategic military advancement, and territorial expansion rather than on peace and security, commitment to mutual treaties, international laws, and plain RESPECT; then, a countdown to another Falklands war must be ticking! Continue reading
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According to World Health Organization 2011 report, about 30 million people died of HIV/AIDS and around 1.8 million people died every year.
From the words of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon  in addressing the lack of HIV services for marginalized groups, including men who have sex with men or MSM in this global epidemic,
In countries without laws to protect sex workers, drug users and men who have sex with men, only a fraction of the population has access to prevention. Conversely, in countries with legal protection and the protection of human rights for these people, many more have access to services. As a result, there are fewer infections, less demand for antiretroviral treatment and fewer deaths. Not only is it unethical not to protect these groups; it makes no sense from a health perspective. It hurts all of us.
On the second day of the Supreme Court’s oral argument on martial law, Solicitor General Jose Calida asserts that reasonable belief should be the quantum of evidence since the declaration of martial law of the President enjoys the presumption of regularity.
Petitioner Representative Lagman unequivocally asserts probable cause as a basis for President Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo inquires Representative Edcel Lagman whether the President should not declare martial law since the Department of National Defense (DND) has no recommendation. Lagman further explains that sans the recommendation from the no less than DND, the President has no basis after all to declare martial law. When asked about the President having the access to intelligence privy to Congress, Rep. Lagman asserted that should the President has access to that privy information it must be validated.
Representative Lagman firmly asserts that there has no probable cause that constitutes elements of rebellion for the President to declare martial law in Mindanao. He also repeatedly mentions the statement of the Secretary of Defense Lorenzana that there has no recommendation from his office on the basis of declaring martial law and that the situation is under their full control. Hinting that the President’s declaration of martial law is not necessary and outside the bounds of the intention of the framers of the 1987 Constitution in declaring martial law as a last resort.
Day 2 for the oral argument on #MindanaoMartialLaw will be tomorrow, Wednesday, June 14.
(Source: Live audio feed by GMA News)
When US forces step in Marawi siege to help out Philippine forces in their fight against Maute group, doubts and stark terror eclipse the Filipinos’ hope to escape America’s claw. Stupider than being backstabbed by those people President Duterte entrusted, the US technical aid amid the fight isn’t that just simply “standing protocol” in the purview of the US-PH Mutual Defense Treaty.
The QS World University Rankings® releases the top universities in the world. It uses the following indicators in the methodology to rank the world’s best universities:
- 40% for Academic peer review
- 20% for Faculty/Student ratio
- 20% for Citations per faculty
- 10% for Employer reputation
- 5% for International student ratio
- 5% for International staff ratio
The QS World University Rankings® or Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) publishes yearly the university rankings. Continue reading