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By Romel Regalado Bagares

Reuters posted recently a story assessing President Benigno Aquino III’s human rights record two years after he was elected into office on a promise of clean government and concern for human rights. The focus is on the gains or the lack of it achieved by the Aquino administration in the prosecution of the November 23, 2009 Maguindanao massacre.  Click here to read the story, which also carries a quote from me.

Human Rights Watch also issued a report on the Aquino administration’s handling of the human rights situation in the country, and the verdict is not so nice, to say the least.

Photo credits: Human Rights Watch

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June 28, 2012 at 6:41 pm

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Interlacements

by Romel Regalado Bagares

A little more than a week ago, local and international news agencies were abuzz with reports about US Defense Secretary Leo Panetta’s announcement of a new “pivot” policy – a shift in American defense posture – one that would mean the redeployment of  60 percent of naval assets to the Asia-Pacific region by the year 2020.

Then as if on cue, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, flew to Manila a few days after Panetta’s announcement for talks with his Philippine military counterparts.

At a press briefing in Manila, Dempsey said the shift would feature “three “‘mores” in US naval operations in the region —more attention, more engagement and more quality.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Del Rosario, reacting to Dempsey’s pronouncements, happily affirmed that the new American defense policy environment would mean Filipinos are to expect more port calls in the Philippines…

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June 14, 2012 at 6:03 am

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Center for Public Justice 2012 Kuyper Lecture

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Miroslav Volf, founder of the Yale University Center for Faith and Culture and the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at the Yale Divinity School, talks about Public Faith

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June 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm

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Interlacements

By Romel Regalado Bagares

Forty four days after it commenced the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Coronado Corona, the Senate handed down a guilty verdict on a 20-3 vote, marking for the very first time in the history of our Republic that its highest magistrate was removed from office through an impeachment.

Under the leadership of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, the Upper House stayed the course through the many distractions occasioned by the trial and showed to Filipinos that the constitutional design for its institutions can indeed work – and how.

An overwhelming majority of senators, crossing party lines, agreed that Attorney Corona had indeed violated the public trust when he failed to declare in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) some US$ 2.4 million in four dollar accounts and another P80 million in five peso accounts.

As the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) – the constitutional…

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June 7, 2012 at 8:08 am

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