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LAGMAN URGES DUTERTE TO TRANSLATE RHETORIC INTO ENFORCEABLE ACTION

I hope it is not a dud, a valiant but empty rhetoric.

This is the apprehension of opposition Rep. Edcel C. Lagman about President Rodrigo Duterte’s assertion of Philippine sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) after Duterte appears to desist from seeking sanctions from the United Nations to pressure China to respect the 2016 arbitral verdict of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA).

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LAGMAN: DUTERTE’S BELATED ASSERTION OF SOVEREIGN RIGHTS IN WPS NEEDS ENFORCEMENT

The assertion by President Rodrigo Duterte in a pre-recorded maiden speech before the United Nations General Assembly upholding the country’s sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), also...
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Humans of Pinas: Rep. Edcel C. Lagman's Martial Law Story

"My heart tells me not to be a masochist by sharing the harrowing and painful experience of my family during Martial Law. But my mind asserts that I should speak out and disseminate the truth for...
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LAGMAN: DUTERTE ADMINISTRATION HIDING HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

Neither braggadocio nor self-serving claims of sovereign independence can hide the dismal human rights record of the Duterte administration. Human rights violations are global concerns which...
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MESSAGE TO LIKHAAN ON ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

By: Rep. Edcel C. Lagman My sincerest congratulations to Likhaan for 25 successful years of campaigning to safeguard and promote the rights of Filipino women and uplift their lives and those of...
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LAGMAN: TAP FOR EXPORT BICOL PILI AS THE “KING OF NUTS”

The government must tap for more domestic consumption and enhanced global trade the great potential and enviable versality of the Bicol pili which is “the King of Nuts”. This was the message of Rep....
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MESSAGE ON THE LAUNCHING OF THE 2020 DOLE-ALBAY ONLINE JOB FAIR

May I earnestly commend the Albay Provincial Field Office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) under the initiative and leadership of Provincial Director Leah Balderama-Dy with the...
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Statement of Rep. Lagman re "absolute pardon" of Pemberton

While the constitutional power of the President to pardon prisoners whose convictions have become final is deemed absolute, such act of executive clemency must neither be arbitrary nor capricious....
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LAGMAN: OLONGAPO COURT CANNOT RELEASE PEMBERTON UNDER GCTA

After serving a portion of his sentence of six to 10 years imprisonment in comfortable solo confinement at a military facility in Camp Aguinaldo, US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Pemberton was...
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LAGMAN CITES TEN MAJOR REASONS FOR SC ORAL ARGUMENT IN ANTI-TERROR PETITIONS

Rep. Edcel C. Lagman, one of the 31 petitioners challenging the constitutionality of the “Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020” (ATA), opposed the urgent motion of the Solicitor General Jose Calida, on behalf...
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LAGMAN: WHY HAS DUTERTE NOT SIGNED BAYANIHAN 2?

Why is President Rodrigo Duterte taking so long to sign the bill on the “Bayanihan To Recover As One Act” or Bayanihan 2 after he announced the necessity of its immediate enactment? The Bayanihan 2...
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LAGMAN: SC ORAL ARGUMENT IN TERROR CASES CAN BE HELD IN ABEYANCE BUT NOT SCRAPPED

Opposition Rep. Edcel C. Lagman maintains that oral argument in the anti-terrorism petitions before the Supreme Court can be held in abeyance while Metro Manila is under General Community Quarantine...
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WHY IS BAYANIHAN 2 MEAGER DESPITE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS?

(Explanation of affirmative vote with grave reservations on the Bicameral Conference Committee Report on Bayanihan 2) by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman , 1 st District of Albay Something is better than...
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Rep. Lagman Re. Bayanihan 2

Despite an expanding war chest against the COVID-19 pandemic, the relief and stimulus packages provided for in Bayanihan 2 is pathetically meager. This was expounded by opposition Rep. Edcel C....
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LAGMAN: AMICUS CURIAE PETITION OF MARTIAL LAW SOLGEN DEMEANS THE SC

An amicus curiae (friend of the court) must impartially advise the court on the issues pending adjudication, but never deceive the court by misleading arguments. The petition filed by former...
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LAGMAN: PUBLIC MUST KNOW DUTERTE’S WHEREABOUTS

Where the President travels, whether inside or outside the country, for economic, health or leisure is the nation's concern, irrespective of the utilization of public funds. The President must...
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LAGMAN: SC’s TRO ON ATA TO PREVENT ERRANT ENFORCEMENT

Considering the multiple petitions filed before the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the “Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020” (ATA), it is understandable that the High Court would need...
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LAGMAN: PROPOSED REGULATION OF SOCIAL MEDIA AGGRAVATES SUPPRESSION OF DISSENT

The ominous declaration of newly installed Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay to use the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) to regulate social media aggravates and validates the fear that the new law is...
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LAGMAN: HEALTH FIRST BEFORE BUSINESS IN CRITICAL AREAS

While both the health and economic crisis wrought by the still ravaging COVID-19 pandemic must be both effectively addressed, the relief and recovery of the people's health must be prioritized....
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LAGMAN: ‘VACCINE FIRST POLICY’ PLACES CART BEFORE THE HORSE

President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the cart before the horse when he insisted that his administration’s roadmap in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be made only when the anti-viral vaccine...
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LAGMAN LISTS TWELVE MAJOR REASONS AGAINST DEATH PENALTY REIMPOSITION

President Rodrigo Duterte during his State of the National Address forced a muted applause when he asked his audience of legislators why they were not applauding his call for the revival of the...
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LAGMAN: PRESIDENT’S DEFAULT ON LAYING OUT A ROADMAP AGGRAVATES THE PANDEMIC

Like the novel coronavirus which afflicts the country, the President’s default in laying out a concrete and comprehensive roadmap aggravates the pandemic. His default in disclosing and discussing in...
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CONTRA-SONA

Considering that I was not yet called to deliver the Contra-SONA on behalf of the independent opposition despite the fact that I am scheduled to speak after Minority Leader Abante, who is still...
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Rep. Lagman's reaction to SONA 2020

After expecting President Rodrigo Duterte to announce and discuss his administration’s roadmap in response to the ravages on our people and economy of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is completely...
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LAGMAN: COURT SHOULD DECIDE ABS-CBN’S ALLEGED VIOLATIONS

Let the proper court adjudicate the alleged violations of ABS-CBN and impose the corresponding penalties if warranted. The resolution of these purported infractions cannot be left to legislators who...
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