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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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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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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If only Digong Has a Touch of Erap!

TODAY

LAST month, on Wednesday, April 19, was the 80TH Birthday of former President and now Manila City Mayor Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada. That night, he shared his birthday dinner with a thousand guests. 

While requesting that those who wanted to give birthday gifts to instead donate to his charitable foundation, he gifted each invited guest with a Cherry Smart phone. 

For both Father and Grandfather Erap, the birthday program for the evening was truly star studded. The main features were song and dance numbers by his children and grandchildren. 

The co – emcees were Boots Anson Roa…

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