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Death to capital punishment

THE recent withdrawal of Senators Panfilo Lacson and Emmanuel Pacquiao of their support for the reimposition of the death penalty further dooms the revival of capital punishment in the 18th Congress.  

In abandoning his Senate Bill No. 27 seeking to restore death penalty for heinous crimes, Lacson said it is “better to spare the life of a criminal than to wrongly execute an innocent person.” For his part, Pacquiao stated that the “country’s judicial system should first be fixed” before considering the restoration of the death penalty.

 

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'Formidable' tandem of BBM-Sara is bound to flounder

THE tandem of Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. for president under Partido Federal ng Pilpinas and Sara Duterte-Carpio for vice president under Lakas-CMD was forged for two major reasons. First , to stop the...
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NO EXTENSION CAN ALTER FACT AND LAW ON MARCOS DISQUALIFICATION

Despite the camp of Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. branding as “trash”, “nuisance petition” and “cheap political gimmick” the petition to cancel his certificate of candidacy and disqualify him from running...
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‘Moral turpitude’ not esoteric, ensnares Marcos, Jr.

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Failure to file income tax return amounts to tax evasion

THERE is much misinformation and disinformation from both contending sides regarding the petition to deny due course or cancel the certificate of candidacy for president of Ferdinand “Bongbong”...
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BIODATA OF REP. EDCEL C. LAGMAN

BIODATA OF REP. EDCEL C. LAGMAN EDUCATION, AWARDS and CITATIONS University of the Philippines Graduate , Bachelor of Laws (1966) and Bachelor of Arts (1962), cum laude Doctor of Humanities ( honoris...
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Child marriage soon a relic

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign into law the enrolled bill on the reconciled version of House Bill No. 9943 and Senate Bill No. 1373, entitled “An Act Prohibiting the Practice of Child...
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“RICE IS LIFE”

(Message delivered by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman on 27 October 2021 during the Department of Agriculture and PhilRice’s Seed Distribution for the 2022 Dry Season) The great Black American educator and...
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Message of REP. EDCEL C. LAGMAN during the Day of #GirlDefenders: Celebrating Milestones and...

Greetings to everyone. When a young girl becomes a bride, its consequences will traverse her entire lifetime and its deleterious effects including poverty, lack of educational and employment...
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7 Albay mayors sign joint statement of support for Leni-Kiko tandem

The support for Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Kiko Pangilinan continues to mount in Bicol as seven (7) more Albay mayors are rooting for the tandem running for the country’s top posts in...
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The obliteration of despots and tyrants

IN Germany and Spain, the memorials, vestiges, and artifacts of their dictators and tyrants, like Adolf Hitler and Francisco Franco, respectively, have been removed and obliterated by government...
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Covid-19 response initiatives of presidential candidates

IN my column of April 29, 2021, I underscored that the 2022 elections will be a referendum on President Rodrigo Duterte’s chaotic and feeble response to the pandemic. It will also be a crucial test...
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EULOGY FOR CHR CHAIR CHITO GASCON

Chito and I are almost a generation apart, but we have many similarities. We both went to UP Diliman and became student leaders while pursuing our law degrees. And we both pursued after graduation...
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Leni, leader of the authentic opposition

THE 2022 presidential election will be squarely between President Rodrigo Duterte, who covets and designs the continuity of his leadership through his overtly anointed candidates and his covertly...
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Re Maria Ressa's winning the Nobel Peace Prize

Rappler’s CEO Maria Ressa’s winning the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for militantly protecting freedom of expression is a singular achievement of a Filipino even as it is another black mark on President...
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An unfair rider in the Fair Election Act

EXCEPT for Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go who is running for vice president, no incumbent senator whose term does not expire on June 30, 2022 is vying for a higher position in the May 9,...
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RE: Extension of Voter Registration

The three-week extension for the registration of voters approved by the COMELEC En Banc from October 9 to October 30 for the 2022 May elections is way too short of the registration up to January 8,...
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SDGs: a centerpiece agenda for the 19th Congress

THE Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are not merely items on a country’s prime checklist. They are integral parts of the compass that will guide all nations and their leaders in navigating the...
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EXPLANATION OF AFFIRMATIVE VOTE OF REP. EDCEL C. LAGMAN ON HB NO. 10261 ENTITLED “AN ACT FIXING...

I voted “yes” to House Bill No. 10261, which is identical to Senate Bill No. 2408, because I fully support the extension of the registration of voters beyond the COMELEC-fixed deadline of September...
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LAGMAN: EXISTING LAW MANDATES COMELEC TO REGISTER VOTERS UNTIL JANUARY 9, 2022

Albay Rep. Edcel C. Lagman said that the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) cannot refuse to conduct a longer period of registration of voters because under the existing law it is mandated to hold...
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Nexus between population and human development

First of 2 parts THE issues of population, poverty, reproductive health, and sustainable human development are so closely interconnected that none of them can be considered in isolation.
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LAGMAN: ICC PROBE OF DUTERTE UPHOLDS “CRIME DOES NOT PAY”

The adage that “crime does not pay” may finally catch up with President Rodrigo Duterte after the International Criminal Court (ICC) approved the full investigation of crimes against humanity and...
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NDAs violate transparency and accountability

THE non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) shrouding the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines could constitute dubious schemes. They could be covering up the avarice for exorbitant profits of the vaccine...
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International Day of the Disappeared

WHEN a relative or friend bids farewell to relocate to a foreign land, all know of his safe departure; when one falls gravely ill and dies, the family has the solace of burying the loved one in a...
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Integrating Population and Development in Policymaking

The issues of population, poverty, reproductive health, and sustainable human development are so closely interconnected that none of them can be considered in isolation. Almost 20 years ago in 2002,...
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