When the ‘chilling effect’ is already the status quo

Posted by watchmen
January 19, 2018
Posted in OPINION

Following the decision by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to revoke the certificate of incorporation, which indicates the recognition of a company or corporation, for online news website Rappler, many in the media have called the move a “smack against press freedom and freedom of expression.” While one can argue the merits of the …

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Rappler as an anathema to the dictator

Posted by watchmen
January 19, 2018
Posted in OPINION

The revocation of Rappler’s certificate of incorporation by the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) brings a chilling effect to the media in the Philippines. It is claimed that Rappler violated Article XVI, Sec. 1 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, which states, “The ownership and management of mass media shall be limited to citizens of the …

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No knee-jerk reaction on Defensor’s transfer to PDP-Laban

Posted by watchmen
January 19, 2018
Posted in OPINION

In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” –Franklin D. Roosevelt When big names in Philippine politics jump from one political party to another, it is normally greeted with derision and mockery from the deserters’ hitherto party mates and rivals. They are tagged as “opportunists” and …

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Love, sex, greed for money don’t mix

Posted by watchmen
January 18, 2018
Posted in OPINION

“There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined.” –Albert Camus We don’t need Hollywood or Tagalog crime and soap opera movies to warn us that it’s not only taboo to mix love and insatiable greed for money, it’s downright fatal. We don’t need to be reminded …

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I didn’t execute a CHR affidavit on Capitol raid

Posted by watchmen
January 17, 2018
Posted in OPINION

“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does it permanent.” –Mahatma Gandhi I did not regret it until now when I “ignored” the request of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in the Philippines for me to execute an affidavit to narrate what …

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United Koreas

Posted by watchmen
January 17, 2018
Posted in OPINION

I admit that I am not a sports fanatic, let alone, the Olympics. However, when I started working on the sports section of this newspaper when I was still in the Philippines, I became acquainted with the various athletes from different fields as well as the different sporting events nationally and globally. Moreover, a few …

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How is Bacolod-Silay Airport?

Posted by watchmen
January 17, 2018
Posted in OPINION

Several road accidents have occurred along the Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road, often caused by irresponsible motorists or those unaware of defensive driving tactics; they only thing they know is to speed up, without regard for anybody else – that’s how the devil enters the brain. If these motorists driving to and from the airport maintain …

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Close down Boracay

Posted by watchmen
January 15, 2018
Posted in OPINION

“A true community is not just about being geographically close to someone or part of the same social web network. It’s about feeling connected and responsible for what happens. Humanity is our ultimate community, and everyone plays a crucial role.” –Yehuda Berg Political will ba ang kailangan, Sec. Roy Cimatu? Close down Boracay. This may …

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When the stakes are too high

Posted by watchmen
January 15, 2018
Posted in OPINION

It is common knowledge that the Constitution is the highest law of the land. It is common sense that any amendment on the highest law of the land would put way too many things at stake. It could lengthen the term of an unjust ruler, it could make us prone to abuses by the military …

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A backlog of 400K to 1 million passports and the DFA Secretary still calls it ‘the best system’

Posted by watchmen
January 15, 2018
Posted in OPINION

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is currently under fire for a backlog of applications on both new and renewal passports, which The Philippine Star reports, as per a January 13 article, ranges between 400,000 to one million passports. With a visit to the online appointment system a requirement to start the process, applicants are …

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