What’s Really Behind ISIS-led Marawi Siege?

What’s Really Behind ISIS-led Marawi Siege? An Islamic center in Brgy. Pangarungan, Marawi City.

An Islamic center in Brgy. Pangarungan, Marawi City. (Image file: By Suhayla via Wikimedia Commons filed under Public Domain)

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.

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ICC Case vs Duterte: Lacks Jurisdiction, Yet Worth Investigating

ICC Case vs Duterte: Lacks Jurisdiction, Yet Worth Investigating

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.

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On Scarborough Shoal and Benham Rise Issues: A Reevaluation of Status Quo the Philippines Should Take Into

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.

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Explainer: Misconceptions About Death Penalty in the Philippines

Explainer: Misconceptions About Death Penalty in the Philippines

Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong,
but finding out the right and upholding it,
wherever found,
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

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Philippines to Reinstate Death Penalty, A Quick-Fix Measure?

Philippines to reinstate the death penalty is a quick-fix measure

(Illustration: By Unknown – Scientific American, Volumes 58-59, Munn & Company, 1888, page 407, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=43011574)

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

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Why Vote Donald Trump for President?

US President candidate Donald Trump (Image: By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Donald Trump) [CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

2016 US president candidate Donald Trump (Image  credit: by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Donald Trump) [CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

America is an equation of standards, norms, best education, and dominance. Her star-spangled banner radiates power, perfection, and appreciation. However, on her other side, it growls tragedy and a ‘swagging’ arrogance that exudes in probity and decency. America is great! Americans may not, sad to say. Continue reading

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Mother Teresa of Calcutta: Unfit for Sainthood?

Mother Teresa of Kolkata

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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

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The Law Allows a Hero’s Burial for President Marcos!

former First Family (Photo credit: Associated Press via Wall Street Journal) former First Family (Photo credit: Associated Press via Wall Street Journal)

The former First Family (Photo credit: Associated Press via Wall Street Journal)

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

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Why The Hague Ruling on China-Philippines Dispute Defective?

The five Arbitral Tribunal judges in the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague. (Photo from: Permanent Court of Arbitration)

The five Arbitral Tribunal judges in the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague. (Photo from Permanent Court of Arbitration)

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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Analysis: Philippines Weak Claims Over Scarborough Shoal

This map depicts the Scarborough Shoal and the rest of contested islands in the South China Sea. The Scarborough Shoal is said to have its abundance of wealth. By historic claim, it is indisputable that China has sovereignty and jurisdiction over it. Will the Philippines succeed to dispute it by principle of effective exercise of jurisdiction and occupation when in fact China has exercised jurisdiction over it for years? (Image: by Voice of America [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

This map depicts the Scarborough Shoal and the rest of contested islands in the South China Sea. The Scarborough Shoal is said to have its abundance of wealth. By historic claim, it is indisputable that China has sovereignty and jurisdiction over it. (Image credit: by Voice of America [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

Indisputably, Scarborough Shoal belongs to China by its historical claim. But what is more controversial than that? There are other more controversial issues or more demanding ‘naked facts’ than stirring the storm of controversies. These are national security and the economic or political relations with the neighboring sovereign states in the southeast Asian region that should rather be strengthened.

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China-Philippines Scarborough Shoal Dispute: Will There Be Another Falklands War in Asia?

An aerial view of the Scarborough Shoal or Huangyan Island (China) and Bajo de Masinloc (Philippines) (Image: YouTube/Manila Bulletin via asiamaritime.net)

An aerial view of the Scarborough Shoal or Huangyan Island (China) and Bajo de Masinloc (Philippines) (Image: YouTube/Manila Bulletin via asiamaritime.net)

(This article was also published on Yahoo!)

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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Laws, LGBT and the Global Fight Against Alarming HIV/AIDS: What’s the Gov’t Weakest Link?

LGBT and the Global Fight Against Alarming HIV/AIDS: What's the Gov’t Weakest Link?

(This article was also published on Yahoo! Voices—the Yahoo! Contributor Network platform.)

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 [1] 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.

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In Declaring Martial Law in Mindanao “President Duterte Has Reasonable Belief” -SolGen Calida

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.

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Justice del Castillo to Rep. Lagman: “What Quantum of Evidence to Decide on Declaring Martial Law?”

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)


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US Help in Marawi May Likely Be a Decoy!

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.
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UP Remains the Philippines’ Top University in World Ranking by QS!

UP Remains the Top University in the Philippines based on QS world ranking

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

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