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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 our advocacy for students’ rights and welfare which we separately started on the UP Campus.

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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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Inspirational Message on the Reproductive Health Law and the Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy

Greetings to one and all. After more than 13 years of arduous campaign, reproductive health advocates finally realized the enactment of a Reproductive Health Law or what is now known as the...
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Re: Passage on Third Reading of the Bill Prohibiting Child Marriage

Child brides will be relics of the past after the House of Representatives passed on third and final reading House Bill 9943 which prohibits the practice of child marriage and imposes penalties for...
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LAGMAN: COA COMMITS TO AUDIT COVID-19 PURCHASES

The invocation by government officials of the “Non-Disclosure Agreement” (NDA) to conceal the prices of procured vaccines violates Philippine laws on transparency and accountability in the purchase...
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Political prisoners are victims of war against dissent

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte vowed during his 2016 campaign to release all political prisoners “without preconditions as part of confidence-building measures.” Duterte broke his promise. Moreover,...
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MESSAGE OF REP. EDCEL C. LAGMAN on International Day of the Disappeared 2021

Greetings of peace, justice, and solidarity to all on this most important day. Today is not only the International Day of the Disappeared, but our National Heroes Day as well. It so happens that...
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Protecting HRDs: The Human Rights Defenders Protection Bill: Why It Should Be Passed Now.

Video message delivered by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman during State Terror and the Protection of HRDs: An Online Forum on 31 August 2021. Good afternoon to all human rights defenders (HRDs), their...
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Inauguration of the Tiwi New Legislative Building

(Delivered by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman on the blessing of the New Legislative Building, Tiwi, Albay on 31 August 2021) Honorable Mayor Jaime C. Villanueva; Honorable Vice Mayor Jose Morel C. Climaco;...
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LAGMAN: VACCINE SECRET PRICING DEFIES CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT

Has the Commission on Audit (COA) investigated how much the concerned government agencies are buying the various Covid-19 vaccines for? More than deficiencies and neglect, the COA may find corrupt...
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Re: Vaccine Prices

The mystery shrouding the prices of the various vaccines procured by the government was compounded by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez’s admission that suppliers insisted on a “non-disclosure...
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COA’s castigation and the President’s immunity

THE recent outbursts of President Rodrigo Duterte against the Commission on Audit (COA) give ample reason for the review of the doctrine of presidential immunity from suit.
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Re: National Expenditure Program (NEP)

From the usual verbiage of the President’s budget message, “hope”, rather than fulfillment, is the one articulated and underscored.
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LAGMAN: HOUSE PANEL DID NOT RAILROAD DIVORCE BILL

The accusation of Deputy Speaker Jose Atienza, Jr. that the House committee on population and family relations railroaded on August 17, 2021 the unanimous approval of the substitute bill...
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