Life is sacred

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 07/15/2018

For the past 2 weeks, the world’s attention was focused on the daring and courageous rescue of the 12 youngsters and their football coach stuck in a cave beneath a mountain in Thailand. The country’s Navy Seal…

Why protected areas matter

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 07/08/2018

On June 22, the President signed the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (ENIPAS) Act into law as RA 11038. This amends the 26-year old RA 7586 which established the “National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) in…

Whiff of change in our governance landscape

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 07/01/2018

Amid the alarming news on human rights violations, corruption and weakened institutions in our republic, there is a bright light illuminating the governance landscape. The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is unflinchingly exercising its crucial…

Environment and education

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 06/24/2018

There is a proposal to require a college degree for eligibility in elective public office. Initially, the idea is attractive, by hanging on a hope that with more years of learning in college, there is a chance…

Blazing trails in the practice of law

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 06/17/2018

Definitely an idea whose time has come. The trail-blazing mentoring program called “The Trial Academy”, concocted by the Cebu Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, guides the new lawyers in this exciting phase of their…

Our Blue Planet: How do we love thee?

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 06/10/2018

For not a few urbanites, savoring life’s moments by the sea is paradise on earth It is one of life’s luxuries, to bask in complete tranquility, soothed by the rhythm of the waves and the cool blue…

‘Raise your voice, not the sea level’

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 06/03/2018

The end of May brings to a close the Month of the Ocean. Its celebration was doubly significant because the pristine Benham Bank and portions of the Philippine Rise, were declared by the President as a no-take…

Tañon at 20: The saga continues

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 05/27/2018

Who does not know about Tañon Strait — a very special place in the hearts of living and non-living beings? Tañon is that narrow but deep strait separating the Provinces of Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental and…

Safeguarding a treasure – the Philippine rise

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 05/20/2018

The weeks past was one of tremendous preparation, anticipation and excitement, especially for those in various government agencies and in the civil society organizations working with them, to achieve a desired goal — for the President to…

Why the rule of law and independence of the judiciary matter

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 05/13/2018

  The preamble of the 1987 Constitution reads as follows: “We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of Almighty God, in order to build a just and humane society, and establish a government that shall embody…

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