12 WAYS DE LIMA IS INNOCENT & PERSECUTED

I REGULARLY POST news items about Senator Leila de Lima. Her cause is one I have seriously backed, because hers is one of the most nefarious cases of injustice I have ever witnessed. She deserves to be heard. She has been imprisoned for 1 year and 10 months now and most likely will be kept

Be the guy in white.

I STUMBLED ON THIS VIDEO in one of the Facebook groups. It originated from a pro-Duterte, pro-BBM fake news website. The video itself is authentic (it isn’t staged), but it has no backstory. Watch it and draw your own conclusions. The violence is distressing. In fact, it’s traumatizing. But there’s laughter in the background, and

Leila

I FIRST MET Leila when I was in high school. She was one of my Dad’s students in the San Beda College of Law and I occasionally proctored her class. Daddy’s students then knew him as Dean Isagani A. Cruz – constitutionalist, political law expert, lawbook author, tough mentor – “terror.” To excel in his

Silence is NOT an Option

  ANOTHER PERSON WAS killed Monday night – a priest, 72 year-old Fr. Tito Paez, whose only fault, it seems, was to take up the cudgels for the marginalized. Authorities have been insisting that crime is down and the country is so safe now that it’s all right to take evening strolls. Well, the night wasn’t safe for

Ignorance

AND SO THE REFRAIN these days is that the CHR has completely failed because it protects criminals but not their victims. It’s so ubiquitous, I’ve got LSS. It’s sung by government officers from the chief executive to the clerks; but it’s loudest in the House of Representatives where 119 members voted last week to grant the

Obstruction

WHY IS Rodrigo Duterte paralyzing the Commission on Human Rights? Why has he banned the PNP from sharing vital data with CHR investigators? Why is the House majority bent on depriving it of a budget? CONSTITUTIONAL CREATION The 1987 Constitution created the CHR to prevent the recurrence of government abuses rampant in the Marcos dictatorship. It is both a cure and a preventative.

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The Way of the Fool

THE BIBLICAL BOOK OF PROVERBS says there are only two paths before us: the way of the wise and the way of the fool. The way of the wise takes the enlightened path of God, while the way of the fool slogs through the murk of prideful choices. There is no middle ground. “The fear of the Lord

“They have forgotten about him.”

“THEY HAVE FORGOTTEN about him,” says Luzviminda Siapo. She was talking about her 19-year old son, Raymart, who was abducted and murdered on March 29, 2017 by 14 hooded and masked men. The boy was disabled. He had club feet, but witnesses say that his killers ordered him to run. Confused and afraid, Raymart merely