The Supreme Court as historian

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 09/23/2021

The Constitution mandates that every decision on the merits of the Supreme Court must “state clearly and distinctly the facts and the law on which it is based.” The most important issues facing the nation often involve…

Highest price quotation wins

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 09/09/2021

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque stated last Sept. 2, 2021, that “among all the price quotes that we got, it (Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp.) had the lowest.” Roque explained: “There were other formal proposals gathered by the DBM (Department…

PS-DBM ‘operates independently’

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 09/02/2021

Last Aug. 27, 2021, resigned DBM Secretary Wendel Avisado told the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee that the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) “operates independently.” He explained that “we don’t interfere in their…

Above the law

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 08/19/2021

Under our democratic and republican system of government as enshrined in the 1987 Constitution, Congress enacts, amends, or repeals a law, the President executes the law, and the Judiciary declares a law void if it contravenes the…

Our vanishing ‘galunggong’

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 07/22/2021

Two months ago, I had a Zoom meeting with fisherfolk from Zambales who complained that their fish catch had been dwindling because huge Chinese trawlers have been scooping the fish in their traditional fishing grounds in the…

Extrajudicial confessions and EJKs

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 06/24/2021

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has a pending request for authority from a Pre-Trial Chamber of the ICC to commence an investigation on charges of alleged crimes against humanity of murder arising from President…

The ICC Prosecutor’s submission

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 06/17/2021

On June 14, 2021, Prosecutor Ms. Fatou Bensouda formally requested the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) for authority to commence an investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs for possible crimes against humanity…

China does not possess the WPS

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 05/20/2021

President Duterte’s mantra is “China is in possession of the West Philippine Sea (WPS).” The President made this declaration on several occasions: the November 2018 Asean-India Summit in Singapore, his July 2019 and 2020 State of the…

Tiny Sandy Cay reveals the big lie

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 05/13/2021

There is a tiny sandbar called Sandy Cay about two nautical miles from Pag-asa Island, which at about 37 hectares is the largest Philippine-occupied island in the Spratlys. Before 2017, Sandy Cay was a disappearing sandbar. Half…

President Duterte’s policies in the WPS

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 05/06/2021

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque praised President Duterte’s policies in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) as “careful, calibrated, and calculated.” In contrast, Roque assailed proposals from former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and myself as “illegal, impractical, and…

Who is lying — the President or Roque?

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 04/29/2021

The President’s spokesperson Harry Roque issued a statement last April 23, 2021, that President Duterte never entered into a “verbal fishing agreement” with China’s President Xi. Roque declared: “There is no truth to the speculation of a…

Why Chinese fishermen are in the WPS

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 04/22/2021

China claims that part of the West Philippine Sea (WPS) enclosed by the nine-dash line is a traditional fishing ground of Chinese fishermen. That would make about 80 percent of the Philippine exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in…

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