My being ‘ninong’ of a Bilibid ex-con
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 22, 2019 - 12:00am
The dismaying story of the authorities ordering back 1,914 convicts who had been released from the Bilibid prisons for supposed good conduct – and seeing 2,009 return! – calls to mind my nearly harboring...
Report: Bongbong lost in PET recount
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 19, 2019 - 12:00am
Social media was astir yesterday with reports citing Supreme Court sources that former Sen. Bongbong Marcos lost in the very provinces he had picked to prove to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal that Vice President...
Arbitral ruling: The ace Duterte wasted
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 17, 2019 - 12:00am
The landmark ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague in 2016 that favored the Philippines over China was a legal leverage that President Duterte could have used in his negotiations with President...
VP election protest an endurance test
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 15, 2019 - 12:00am
In an ideal setting, the protest of former Sen. Bongbong Marcos against the election of Vice President Leni Robredo in May 2016 could be decided within this year, but this is the Philippines where such disputes are...
Give Duterte traffic emergency powers?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 12, 2019 - 12:00am
How many patients in ambulances caught in traffic must die and how many more billions of man-hours be wasted in the Metro Manila gridlock before lawmakers give President Duterte the emergency powers he wants to solve...
Unfair to prisoners who behave in jail
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 10, 2019 - 12:00am
Some of the 1,914 prisoners who have been released under RA 10592 (the GCTA Law) must have deserved the freedom earned through their good behavior.
It’s time to rethink Du30’s China policy
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 8, 2019 - 12:00am
In his play “The Merchant of Venice” (1596), Shakespeare had Jessica, the daughter of the Jewish money lender Shylock, saying: “Love is blind and lovers cannot see the pretty follies that themselves...
Bilibid or not, cash gifts can unlock jails
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 5, 2019 - 12:00am
A side from the rounding up of convicts set free on imaginary good behavior, the prison officials and influence peddlers who had worked out their release should be made to refund the cash gifts given to expedite...
How Duterte 'invoked' South China Sea arbitral ruling
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 3, 2019 - 12:00am
Before President Rodrigo Duterte left Thursday for his one-on-one with President Xi Jinping in Beijing, he promised to “invoke” the 2016 ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague that...
PCA arbitral ruling consigned to limbo
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - September 1, 2019 - 12:00am
The Philippines and China effectively consigned to limbo on Thursday the UNCLOS-based arbitral ruling in 2016 on their maritime disputes, and moved to explore instead a wider Code of Conduct for resolving conflicts...
Recalling morality in Magsaysay government
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 29, 2019 - 12:00am
This Saturday (Aug. 31) is the 112th birth anniversary of Ramon Magsaysay, who served as the seventh President of the Philippines from Dec. 30, 1953, until his death in a plane crash on March 17, 1957.
Bring back ROTC, but reform it first
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 27, 2019 - 12:00am
WITH the region bristling with flash points that could trigger hostilities anytime, we should resolve quickly the debate over a proposal to make Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) mandatory for grades...
Duterte needs full support on Xi talks
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 25, 2019 - 12:00am
Filipinos would do well to support and pray for President Duterte in his dialogue next week with China President Xi Jinping to firm up his resolve to invoke the 2016 arbitral ruling favoring the Philippines versus...
On Duterte gospel of relative morality
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 22, 2019 - 12:00am
The policy set by President Duterte that any gift given to a civil servant out of gratitude is not a bribe and may therefore be accepted has renewed the search for the elusive formula for eradicating corruption in...
Wider consultation needed for Xi talks
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 20, 2019 - 12:00am
Before President Duterte flies to Beijing this month for crucial talks with China President Xi Jinping, he may want to improve his negotiating stance by seeking wider counsel beyond his coterie of loyal adviser...
Clark airport placed under private group
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 18, 2019 - 12:00am
Management of Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga was turned over Friday to a private consortium amid optimism that the terminal, a major gateway, will ease air traffic in Manila and help spur development...
Poor to suffer most with death penalty
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 15, 2019 - 12:00am
WITH our flawed justice system, it would be cruel to restore the death penalty and create a scenario where suspects in serious crimes who are without the means to properly defend themselves face execution rather...
Duterte: It’s only a gift, not a bribe
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 13, 2019 - 12:00am
Has President Duterte just loosened the Code of Conduct prohibiting bribery/extortion among government officials and employees?
Duterte can lower target in China talks
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 11, 2019 - 12:00am
With China saying in advance that President Xi Jinping will not recognize the 2016 arbitral ruling at The Hague invalidating its nine-dash line claim over much of South China Sea, President Duterte can still reach...
Duterte, Xi to plug holes in fishing deal?
by Federico D. Pascual Jr. - August 8, 2019 - 12:00am
BEFORE the Duterte-Xi “verbal” fishing deal gets the Philippine president into trouble with the Constitution, he will have a chance to plug the loopholes in the agreement when he meets China’s paramount...
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