Archive for January, 2018

Carpio insists for China’s acceptance of Arbitral Court ruling for PH Rise research

The latest issue on Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, focused on Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio’s statement that China should not be allowed to conduct marine scientific research in Philippine Rise which the United Nations Commission on the Law of the Sea has recognized as part of the Philippine extended continental shelf […]

January 19, 2018  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

Despite corporate questions, Rappler case still a press freedom issue

Despite Malacañang’s denial, there is no doubt that the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission to revoke Rappler’s registration as a media entity is a press freedom issue. The SEC arguments seem solid for a non-lawyer like me but I wonder, had Rappler been supportive of Duterte, would the Office of the Solicitor General […]

January 16, 2018  Tags: ,   Posted in: Media  2 Comments

Duterte cannot choose not to be a statesman

At the birthday party of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez last Friday, President Duterte again justified his being uncouth with the flawed reasoning that he did not study to become a statesman. “Kaya ugali ko talaga, pang-mayor lang. Nung sinabi nila na hindi ako statesman, hindi naman ako nag-aral pang-statesman (My habits are for being mayor. […]

January 16, 2018  Tags:   Posted in: Governance  2 Comments

Dungug Kinaray-a

Whenever I tell people that I’m from Antique, the next question I usually get is “Where is that?” I have developed a standard answer to that: It’s in Western Visayas, one of the four provinces that comprise the island of Panay : Aklan, Antique, Capiz Iloilo. I do that in order that I would be […]

January 9, 2018  Tags: ,   Posted in: Antique, Arts and Culture  One Comment

Sir Jake

At Malaya’s Christmas party last Dec. 14, Sir Jake’s eyes lighted up while telling me that the Batuan fruit tree that I gave him many years ago that he planted in his farm in Lipa has been bearing fruit nonstop. He complained, however, that he can’t seem to grow seedlings from the fruits and asked […]

January 7, 2018  Tags: ,   Posted in: Media  No Comments