The billion-dollar blunder

I join the rest of the country in the belief that lending a billion US dollars to the International Monetary Fund was a blunder on the part of the Monetary Board. Even if we have the foreign reserves to afford the loan, the reality is that annually, 40 percent of our annual budget is automatically […]

Centerlaw Press Release : For Immediate Release Expelling Jordanian journalist unconstitutional and violates freedom of the press

What  DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo wants to do with Jordanian journalist Baker Abdulla Atyani – either out of ignorance or over-enthusiasm – is unacceptable and is  unconstitutional. Roberedo’s order denies every journalist in this country, foreign and local alike, a fundamental human right protected both by the Philippine constitution and Article 19 of the International […]

Beware of Chinese Doublespeak

China’s failure to remove its vessels from Panatag Shoal is clear evidence of Chinese shadow play in the resolution of the dispute. Remember that about a month ago, Chinese authorities declared a fishing ban in the area for a period of two and a half months. Philippine authorities, in an effort to calm the standoff, […]

America: The former superpower

America is now an ex-superpower. First, it ceased to be the biggest economy in the world. It is now only the second-biggest economy. China has long overtaken it and the tables have been turned. Communist China has not only become an economic tiger; it has also become the biggest creditor of capitalist America. And the […]

On the conviction of Mubarak et al: they have it better in Egypt

As we were engrossed with removing ex-Chief Justice Renato Corona from office, two major events, both involving public accountability, escaped our attention. The first was the conviction of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who was sentenced to life imprisonment for complicity in the murder of around 900 protesters in February 2011. According to the judgment, […]