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Levi A. So
Levi A. So

Levi writes about politics and explanatory pieces for Philstar.com

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HRW: Duterte's periodic martial law threats 'extremely chilling'
by Levi A. So - March 28, 2017 - 5:18pm
The Human Rights Watch said President Rodrigo Duterte's repeated floating of martial law in a country that lived under two decades of Marcos dictatorship is extremely chilling.
China sends message of supremacy in South China Sea — expert
by Levi A. So - March 28, 2017 - 4:08pm
An internal journal of China's armed naval wing is sending a message of dominance in South China Sea and two warnings on its possible future actions, an international security expert said.
Solution to Duterte’s luxury car gift dilemma simple — transparency advocate
by Levi A. So - March 18, 2017 - 10:19am
Give it away, raffle it off or auction it. These are the options raised by President Rodrigo Duterte in various speeches regarding the fate of a Mercedes-Benz gifted to him by someone he refused to name but described...
UN experts, EU Parliament urge Philippines to rethink death penalty
by Levi A. So - March 17, 2017 - 11:10am
United Nations special rapporteurs and the European Parliament appealed to the Philippine Congress to prevent the looming comeback of death penalty in the country.
US raises 'significant concerns' over impunity, sharp rise in EJKs in Philippines
by Levi A. So - March 5, 2017 - 12:48pm
Concerns about police impunity rose significantly as extrajudicial killings swell in startling numbers in the Philippines, a US State Department report on human rights noted.
Officials step up aid distribution in quake-hit Surigao after complaints on slow response
by Levi A. So - February 13, 2017 - 7:38pm
Authorities have improved the distribution of assistance in quake-hit Surigao after criticisms on the slow delivery of aid, Malacañang said.
Bato suspends drug war for 'internal cleansing' of PNP
by Levi A. So - January 30, 2017 - 1:30pm
The Philippines' top cop suspended the country's drug war to prioritize the "internal cleansing" of the police force which he dubbed as the "war on scalawags."
Bishop Bacani to Duterte: We serve at the pope's pleasure, not yours
by Levi A. So - January 25, 2017 - 4:21pm
Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani Jr. gave a stinging retort to President Rodrigo Duterte's accusation that he has two wives.
State visit or official visit: What's the difference?
by Levi A. So - January 13, 2017 - 9:05am
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official visit to the Philippines is different from President Rodrigo Duterte's state visit to Tokyo last year. What's the distinction?
Palace accuses Robredo of capitalizing on disaster
by Levi A. So - January 4, 2017 - 10:52pm
Malacañang said Vice President Leni Robredo seems to be capitalizing on disaster after her remark on slow government response in areas hit by Typhoon Nina (international name: Nock-Ten).
Top who, what and how-tos Pinoys Googled in 2016
by Levi A. So - December 24, 2016 - 7:00pm
Philstar.com looked into the top questions Filipinos searched on Google. Here's what we found.
Think tank calls views on Duterte's pivot to China 'too simplistic'
by Levi A. So - December 11, 2016 - 4:45pm
Observations that the Philippines is cozying up to China and veering away from allies like the United States and Japan under President Rodrigo Duterte are too simplistic, a think tank director...
I don't need to explain why I reinstated Marcos, Duterte says
by Levi A. So - December 5, 2016 - 10:40pm
President Rodrigo Duterte said he doesn't need to explain to Filipinos why he ordered the country's top cop to reinstate Superintendent Marvin Marcos as Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief...
CHR finds more anecdotal evidence suggesting cops moonlight as vigilantes
by Levi A. So - December 4, 2016 - 3:50pm
Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Jose Luis Martin Gascon expressed worries over growing anecdotal evidence which suggest that members of the police force are moonlighting as vigilantes or directing...
Hero’s burial for Marcos: How did we get here?
by Levi A. So - November 18, 2016 - 3:15pm
The late strongman President Ferdinand Marcos was buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Friday in what some called a “sneaky” ceremony, three decades after the toppling of his dictatorship and his ignominious...
Duterte willing to take in refugees until Philippines is 'filled to the brim
by Levi A. So - November 17, 2016 - 6:13pm
President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines is ready to take in refugees “until the country is filled to the brim.”
DFA: Trump's deportation plan has no 'calamitous impact' on Filipinos in US
by Levi A. So - November 14, 2016 - 7:18pm
The Department of Foreign Affairs said US President-elect Donald Trump's deportation plan would not have a calamitous impact on the Filipino community living in America.
UN body 'deeply concerned' over top officials encouraging drug killings
by Levi A. So - October 13, 2016 - 1:06pm
A United Nations committee expressed deep concerns over the seeming encouragement and legitimization of drug killings in the Philippines by top officials.
Duterte to US senators critical of drug war: Stop the hypocrisy
by Levi A. So - September 30, 2016 - 3:39pm
President Rodrigo Duterte told two United States (US) senators who criticized human rights abuses in the country's war on drugs not to interfere in Philippine affairs.
Remembering Miriam through her words
by Levi A. So - September 29, 2016 - 2:30pm
Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago's stature and vocabulary were intimidating. Yet the senator could also expertly communicate to the popular audience.
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