Juan Ponce Enrile Relishes In “Gutter Politics!”


    The old martial law architect and enforcer, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, (JPE) exchanged a nasty word-war with a young Minority Whip, Senator Alan P. Cayetano over issues of unaudited “pork barrels” and MOOE, money for office maintenance and staff.  It is frustrating to know how JPE disposes of the serious accusation of the young Senator…

Enrile’s Memoir, A Misshapen Narrative!


The Enrile Memoir is his resume — it was a narrative addressed to his employer, the Filipino people begging them to look at him in most favored light and consider him as one of the stalwarts of Philippine politics, a statesman,  if you may. Whether he has achieved this purpose is for the people and…

The Three Stooges of EDSA 1


Our collective memories are not only short but malleable to the machinations of those who wanted to profit from the fall of the late dictator Mr. Marcos in 1986.   Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Gregorio Honasan and former President Fidel Ramos are not heroes of EDSA 1, but its villains.  They were Marcos martial law implementers whose participation in…

The Danger of CJ Corona Acquittal!


Nothing much can be achieved in the impeachment of CJ Corona even if successful in the Senate except to sear in the public memory that a radical change in the leadership of the  Supreme Court, touted before as the “untouchable” branch of the government  is but a myth.  But surely, it will not alter the present dynamics…

The Ghost of UP Malcolm Hall!


Malcolm Hall houses  the UP College of Law in Diliman, Quezon City.  It was named after Justice George Malcolm of the colonial Supreme Court.  Though the college  was established in 1911 at UP Padre Faura,  it was only in 1948 where its facilities and its huge law library were transferred to its present site in UP Diliman Campus.…

Remembering Martial Law Terror


I could not write better than the illustrious historian Alfred W. McCoy,  so I might as well reprint  what he had written about martial law terror of President F. Marcos 39 years ago today. “IN THE FOURTH MONTH of President Ferdinand Marcos’s martial law rule, two constabulary troopers marched a middle-aged Chinese merchant across a Manila parade…