I’m in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for an unprecedented seven lectures in a span of five days. The first three, two of which are done, is in the National University of Malaysia in Bangi, about an hour away from downtown Kuala Lumpur. The occasion here is the 6th Southeast Asia Teaching Seminar on International Humanitarian Law […]
Zaldy Ampatuan’s bid for lifetime immunity.
The last time I engaged a sitting Cabinet member into a word war, that is prior to this recent one, was when Justice Secretary Alberto Agra absolved Zaldy Ampatuan from liability in the Maguindanao massacre case. Prior to the Agra order of dismissal, there was unusual tension between the public prosecutors and us. I did […]
Trojan Horse | Newsbreak | Independent Journalism.
The moro-moro is back. It’s now playing in Malacañang and its lead star is Zaldy Ampatuan. It’s entitled: “give me immunity and I will tell you the truth”.First, there is the attempt to mislead. Zaldy Ampatuan, co-accused in 58 counts of murder in a massacre that has the notoriety of being attributed to his family […]
The Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) condemns in the strongest possible terms the brazen meddling of Secretaries Edwin Lacierda and Jessie Robredo in the conduct of the Ampatuan massacre trial. Lacierda and Robredo have not only usurped the powers of the Secretary of Justice, they even had the temerity to contradict the DOJ Secretary on a pending case that is within the sole executive […]
Let me start by saying that the conduct of Secretary Lacierda yesterday, his resort to name calling, and gutter behavior is sad and lamentable. Secretary Lacierda should be reminded that when he speaks as a Presidential spokesperson, he does so on behalf of the President. His conduct and language did not give dignity to the […]
Predictably, the Supreme Court decision on Hacienda Luisita had mixed reviews. The left slammed the decision as being blatantly pro-Cojuangco since the Department of Agrarian Reform had long declared the stock distribution option null and void since 1995. Lo and behold, the left lamented that the Court is now saying that the tenants, through yet […]