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…

Cebu City preps another batch of stall vendors for relocation

Dyrecka Letigio 09/21/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Market Operations Division (MOD) is already preparing another 20 vendors from the Carbon Unit II for relocation for the fixing of the stalls. On September 21, 2021, the MOD met…

Never forget the Conjugal Dictatorship

Crispin C. Maslog - @inquirerdotnet 09/19/2021

It is only eight months before the next national elections, and we now see the perennial politicians reminding us of their presence via TV ads and media interviews. One of them is former vice presidential candidate Bongbong…

Two faces of despotism

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 09/19/2021

When Ferdinand Marcos proclaimed martial law on Sept. 21, 1972 (the actual date of implementation was Sept. 23), he had only about a year left before the end of his second and final term. But by declaring…

Courage is a verb

Ed Garcia - @inquirerdotnet 09/12/2021

When dread descended upon our land as martial law was declared one September night nearly half a century ago, it unleashed harsh retribution on those who dared dissent or who raised their voices against the Marcos dictatorship.…

Rule of the minority

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 08/04/2021

  A fundamental difference between the democracy we had prior to martial law, and the democracy restored after the fall of the dictatorship, is that the rule of the majority was replaced with the rule of the…

The opposition’s dilemma

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 06/20/2021

By “opposition,” I simply mean here the many groups and individuals that are determined to prevent the Duterte regime from perpetuating itself beyond the 2022 presidential election. I do not use the term in the context of…

Edsa: 35 years later

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 02/21/2021

This coming week, the nation marks the 35th anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution that overthrew the Marcos dictatorship and installed Cory Aquino to the presidency. This dramatic political event led to the writing of a…

Robredo: Martial law historical revisionism is an attempt to repeat abuses

Rosalie O. Abatayo 09/21/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Vice President has called on the Filipinos to stand against forgetting the truths about martial law as the country marks the 48th anniversary since its declaration on September 21, 1972. Robredo said the…

Dark night of martial law

Philippine Daily Inquirer 09/21/2020

Filipinos of a certain age make it a ceremony to remember Sept. 21, 1972, for the imposition of martial law, which the dictator Ferdinand Marcos formally announced two days later. Far from being a tedious chore, the…

Marcos and Duterte

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 09/20/2020

This coming week, we recall Marcos’ declaration of martial law 48 years ago, an event that significantly altered the course of Philippine politics. It may seem pointless to warn the younger generation of the virus of authoritarianism—since…

Duterte threatens to declare martial law, condemns Reds’ atrocities

Krissy Aguilar 04/24/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has warned that he might declare martial law should lawlessness involving the communist rebels continue. The President made the warning in a public address aired Friday as he lamented the killing…

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