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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 weaponized to suppress freedom of expression and the right to dissent.

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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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LAGMAN: ANTI-TERROR LAW REPEAL DUBIOUS, EFFECTIVE REMEDY WITH THE SUPREME COURT

The people should not be fooled by a dubious proposal to repeal the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 (ATA). The repeal of the ATA as suggested by Senate President Vicente Sotto III, one of the law’s...
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LAGMAN: USE OF ABS-CBN FREQUENCIES UNNECESSARY FOR DISTANCE LEARNING

Rep. Luis Raymund “LRay” Villafuerte, Jr. may have the best of intentions in proposing under House Resolution No. 1044 the temporary use by the government of ABS-CBN’s television and radio...
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LAGMAN: ARE RELIGIOUS OLIGARCHIES ON THE LIST OF PRESIDENT DUTERTE?

President Rodrigo Duterte has to confront and subdue the religious oligarchies which unduly pressure the faithful or their adherents to follow their electoral and policy choices and decisions. The...
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LAGMAN: DUTERTE EMBRACES THE MILITARY OLIGARCHY

Oligarchy has many variations and manifestations, the most dangerous of which is the military oligarchy which is backed up by the arsenal of firepower. While President Rodrigo Duterte has targeted...
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LAGMAN: DUTERTE BLURS DISTINCTION OF ‘BIG BUSINESS’ FROM ‘OLIGARCHY’

The claim of President Rodrigo Duterte that he has dismantled the “bedrock of oligarchy” in the Philippines is a farce because the fact is he has barely scraped the surface of what he believes is...
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LAGMAN: ‘REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY’ IS ILLUSORY AGAINST POPULAR CLAMOR

The claim that the rejection of the application by ABS-CBN for a renewal of its legislative franchise is an exercise of “representative democracy” is spurious because the people’s overwhelming...
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LAGMAN CALLS FOR REPEAL OF RADIO CONTROL ACT OF 1931

In order to insulate press freedom from partisan politics and foreclose any arbitrary denial by legislators of the grant and renewal of legislative franchises to mass media corporations, the Radio...
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LAGMAN: LAW, NOT CONSTITUTION REQUIRES TELEVISION FRANCHISE

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque errantly defended the congressional rejection of a fresh franchise to ABS-CBN on the ground that it was the “decision of the Filipino people” since they...
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LAGMAN: CAYETANO’S CALL FOR ‘MOVING FORWARD’ IS PRETENSE

After leading the assault on press freedom by ensuring the partisan rejection of ABS-CBN’s bid for a franchise renewal, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano cannot escape culpability by merely intoning that...
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LAGMAN CLARIFIES NO VOTING RIGHT AS A NON-MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE

I want to make it clear that I am not a member of the committee on legislative franchises, for which reason I was not entitled to vote on the issue whether or not to grant ABS-CBN a renewed...
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LAGMAN: THE REJECTION OF ABS-CBN FRANCHISE A FOREGONE CONCLUSION

The protracted hearings conducted by the Committees on Legislative Franchises and Good Government followed a foregone conclusion, and despite ABS-CBN surviving the grueling legislative inquisition,...
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LAGMAN REBUTS PRESIDENT, CABINET OFFICIALS ON ‘ANTI-TERRORISM ACT’

President Rodrigo Duterte misleadingly stated that law-abiding citizens must not fear the “Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020” because the targets are the terrorists and communists. This statement overlooks...
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LAGMAN: END ABS-CBN’S ORDEAL, RENEW SOONEST ITS FRANCHISE

My scorecard shows an 8-0 sweep of the major issues in favor of ABS-CBN Corporation’s franchise renewal. This is my personal assessment of the outcome of the lengthy and grueling hearings conducted...
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LAGMAN: NEW ANTI-TERRORISM LAW IS PRESUMED UNCONSTITUTIONAL

The Supreme Court in Social Weather Stations vs. COMELEC (G.R. No. 147571, May 5, 2001) ruled that a law which is challenged for imposing a prior restraint on the freedom of expression is presumed...
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LAGMAN TRUSTS SC WILL UPHOLD CONSTITUTION OVER TERROR LAW

We trust the Supreme Court will uphold the majesty of the Constitution by purging the “Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020” of patently unconstitutional provisions and assuring that civil liberties would...
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MANIFESTATION ON FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND RENEWAL OF ABS-CBN’S FRANCHISE

By: Rep. Edcel C. Lagman The freedom of the press is an overriding issue in the long-drawn renewal of the legislative franchise of ABS-CBN Corporation. The freedom of the press, which is an integral...
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LAGMAN IS FIRST LEGISLATOR TO CONTEST ANTI-TERROR LAW IN SC

Opposition Rep. Edcel C. Lagman of Albay is the first legislator to challenge the constitutionality of the “Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020” before the Supreme Court when he filed today, July 6, 2020, at...
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