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The feeble defense of Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

(Last of two parts)

FROM the deceptive verbiage and off-tangent jurisprudential citations of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in his memorandum, the following additional arguments are contrived in his defense:

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LAGMAN: BANNING CHILD MARRIAGE SEQUEL TO RH LAW

An important sequel to the reproductive health law is the recent enactment of R.A. No. 11596 criminalizing the practice of child marriage and the cohabitation of an adult with a child outside of...
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The feeble defense of Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

(First of two installments) THE defense presented by Ferdinand Marcos Jr. before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) have been enfeebled by his admission in his answer and memorandum of his final...
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2022 faces an improvident and unconstitutional legislation

AS we usher in 2022, the country faces an improvident and an unconstitutional legislation, which is going through a bicameral conference committee, the final stage of the legislative process.
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How can 24 days detention without judicial warrant be constitutional?

THE practice by the Supreme Court of releasing a cursory media advisory on the bare results of its adjudication of high-profile cases, like the challenged Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 (ATA) or...
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Petition against BBM warrants ‘judgment on the pleadings’

ONE of the least invoked rules which expedites the adjudication of litigations is “judgment on the pleadings”. Section 1 of Rule 19 of the Rules of Court provides: “Where an answer fails to tender...
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LAGMAN: SC’s PARTIAL NULLITY OF ATA FALLS WAY SHORT OF FULL PROTECTION

The declaration of unconstitutionality of only two provisions of the 2020 Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) fails to fully uphold and protect due process, human rights, and fundamental freedoms which are...
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Devious confluence of Duterte-Marcos forces

THE first time a candidate of note has withdrawn from a presidential race was 23 years ago. Thirteen days before election day, on April 29, 1998, former first lady Imelda Marcos, the widow of the...
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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 18 th...
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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.

CONTRARY to the notion of some publicists, the term “moral turpitude” is not obtusely esoteric or incomprehensibly legalese. It developed as a doctrine in common law which was adopted in the...
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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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