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The Rome Statute: A treaty’s arduous journey

JAIME J. YAMBAO US National Security Adviser John Bolton recent threat against International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda makes President Duterte’s threat against the same person seem quite restrained. Both of them threatened her with arrest and incarceration. But in addition, Mr. Bolton would ban Bensouda from entering the United …

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With Carpio, America rules the Philippines

MAURO GIA SAMONTE IS he to be or not to be? The question stares the nation in the face. The designation of Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio as chief justice is increasingly getting imminent. Being the most senior of the sitting associate justices, he is deemed to be …

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Demand-side politics

ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS THE election season has begun. The period for the filing of the certificates of candidacy (CoCs) has passed. The political circus is about to descend upon us, with a plethora of candidates, from the serious to the comical, from the returning veterans to the neophytes, once again …

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World yawns on UN’s climate apocalypse, IPCC autopsy at hand

YEN MAKABENTA First word IN a column last September (‘Climate change’ faces same fate as ‘population bomb’, Manila Times, Sept. 22, 2018), I suggested that the global warming hysteria is tracking the same trajectory as the population bomb in the 1970s. I wrote: “Climate change (aka ‘global warming’) will face …

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Resolve Maynilad rate dispute in consumers’ favor

IT is no small matter to encourage anyone to willfully disregard the law. In the case of Maynilad Water Services Inc. and its long campaign to pass its corporate tax obligations on to its customers, however, calling on regulator Metropolitan Water and Sewerage Services (MWSS) to do precisely that is …

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The Lourdes Montinola Piña Prize

Ma. Isabel Ongpin WHEN Lourdes Montinola, the chairman of the Far Eastern University schools and author of a pioneering book on piña, the Philippine celebratory cloth, marked her birthday early this year, she stipulated no gifts, unless one wanted to contribute to HABI: The Philippine Textile Council. I hereby disclose …

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Cream rises – and values dip?

RENE SAGUISAG I AM delighted to see the list of San Beda University Alumni Association honorees that SBU Alum Association Executive Director Dr. Joffre Alajar furnished me. I see not a single commie there, contrary to what the military would have us believe. Fake news. Heading the list is new …

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Can we be sure of our senatorial elections?

FRANCISCO S. TATAD A TOTAL of 152 individuals were reported to have filed their certificates of candidacy (CoC) for the May 14, 2019 senatorial elections. And 185 for the party-list system. Even the 94-year-old former senator Juan Ponce Enrile has filed, with no plans of enduring a stressful campaign but …

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To ‘feed at the public trough’

The election fever is heating up, and it is time for a reality check. We need to know where we are in our electoral politics today. Most Filipino politicians have become so cynical in their treatment of public office at election time that they find the need to resort to …

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