A colossal calamity

A colossal calamity

I had very high expectations from the first international conference on “lawfare”—defined as the “weaponization of the law against democratic dissent”— held at De La Salle University in Manila on Feb. 21, 2020, but came away a bit sad. The “prisoner of conscience,”...
Worse than a crime—a mistake

Worse than a crime—a mistake

What exactly is the issue? The ABS-CBN 25-year broadcasting franchise is set to expire on March 30, 2020, and the TV giant has long applied for its renewal. Eleven bills are pending in Congress on this and two other allied franchises, but Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano...
China interrupted

China interrupted

A year or so ago, as the wave of Chinese visitors rose to alarming proportions, I had a minor divergence of views with my friend, Norberto Gonzales, former secretary of defense and national security adviser, on the rapidly growing Chinese presence. Seeing the...
What Senate review?

What Senate review?

If nothing prevents President Duterte from revoking the 1999 Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States on account of the cancellation of  Sen. Roland “Bato” de la Rosa’s US visa and other unspecified “grievances,” there may not be enough reason left for our...
This is hardball

This is hardball

It took the assassination of Maj. Gen. Qassim Solaimani of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps by a US drone strike in Baghdad for the Iraqi Parliament to pass a non-binding resolution demanding the expulsion of  US forces in Iraq. The US threatened Iraq with...