Lanao del Sur

WITH your timely proclamation of martial law all over Mindanao, Mr. President, you have shown once again your genuine concern for the welfare of all Filipinos. 

We hail your decision to nip in the bud ISIS' masterplan to establish a base of operations in our country. All the anti-ISIS peoples of the world wish you well in your endeavor.

Sadly, a number of your critics in this regard are Filipinos. They are the Liberal Party Yellows, the commies led by Joma Sison (those holed up at The Hague for peace talks) and their armed NPA comrades in our countrysides,…

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Martial Law: Then and Now = Apples and Oranges!

THERE is a common and popular saying, “Don’t compare Apples and Oranges!” There is a world of difference between Martial Law under the 1935 and 1987 Constitutions. 

There is also a big difference between the Presidents who were seating in September 21 – 23, 1972 and on May 23, 2017. Their motivations were different. The antecedents were different. Hopefully, the outcomes and results will be different.

The 1935 Constitution was drafted by an elected Constitutional Convention under the U. S. Colonial Government and under the shadow of then Senate President Manuel L. Quezon and a dominant Nacionalista Party.…

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Hontiveros pushes for modified ‘Rape Law’

As the country’s commitment to fighting rape and violence against women, Senator Risa Hontiveros recently sponsored a bill for amendments to Republic Act No. 8353, also known as the Anti-Rape Law of 1997. 

"Our Anti-rape law needs to be urgently updated. Currently, our rape law puts unjust burden on rape victims and is a far cry from doing justice to those aggrieved," Hontiveros said.

The Senate Committee on Women chairman said that her bill aims to increase the age of statutory consent - currently at 12 years old - to 18 years old, stating that the country's age of…

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With the rebirth of the National Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH), the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UP-RI) will offer reports for cities and municipalities based on the calamities they experience, in order to help them in case a disaster will come.

The re-launching intensified when a report came up last year, wherein the Philippines ranked third among the 171 countries with the highest levels of disaster risks.

Director Mahar Lagmay of UP NOAH Center promised to have a state-of-the-art scientific research that will ensure accurate and understandable data that is free to the public at all times.

“Empowered communities, which constantly remained as the fundamental and uncompromised goal of NOAH, proved to be instrumental in averting more than 15 potentially fatal calamities since 2012,” said Lagmay.

The Project NOAH was being adopted by UP, after the government stopped its run for financial issues. The project has provided real time satellite data to help communities prepare against extreme disasters such as floods.

The UP NOAH Center, under the UP RI, is expected to intensify its functions to provide reports necessary in aiding disaster preparedness and response from the country's 144 cities and 1,490 municipalities.

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Panic, fear and hubris

A CERTAIN Atty. Jude Josue Sabio was punished by the Supreme Court in 2005 for accusing a Laguna judge of bribery, with the additional warning that a similar act in the future "would be dealt with more severely".

Well, what do you know...this same guy has just crawled out onto a limb by filing a Complaint before the International Criminal Court against Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte for acts constituting "mass murder", allegedly committed by him during his term as Davao City Mayor and currently as the republic's president.

No, of course I haven't read the criminal Complaint yet but,…

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