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2021 Counter-SONA

The authentic opposition’s Counter-SONA has been institutionalized like the President’s SONA. As its appellation suggests, it is a rebuttal to the President’s State of the Nation Address. It presents to the people the unalloyed state of the nation, devoid of aggrandizement, hyperbole, and pretense. It is a critique of the President’s declarations, misdeclarations and non-declarations.

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COUNTER-SONA 2021*

The authentic opposition’s Counter-SONA has been institutionalized like the President’s SONA. As its appellation suggests, it is a rebuttal to the President’s SONA. It presents to the people the...
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LAGMAN: DUTERTE EXCUSES SELF AND BLAMES PANDEMIC FOR POOR ECONOMY

President Rodrigo Duterte, as expected, completely blamed the ongoing pandemic for the sluggish economy and accused the contagion of “stealing everything”, unmindful of the following:
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LAGMAN: ROQUE PLAYS LEGAL GYMNASTICS ON OBITER CLAIM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque engages in legal gymnastics to arrive at a self-serving conclusion that the ruling of the Supreme Court ensnaring President Rodrigo Duterte under the...
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LENI’S CURRENT LACK OF FUNDS: AN ADVANTAGE, NOT A LIABILITY

Vice President Leni Robredo’s reference to her present lack of resources for a presidential bid is in fact a favorable circumstance because:
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Re: SC decision upholding ICC's jurisdiction over Duterte

The unanimous decision of the Supreme Court upholding the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) over President Rodrigo Duterte is an added luster to judicial independence. The high...
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Valedictory SONAs of past presidents

Before President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 26, 2021, it may be appropriate to review the valedictory SONAs of the past presidents after the EDSA...
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‘IMMUNITY’ IS SUBTERFUGE FOR DUTERTE’S RUN FOR VP

Considering that only the President is immune from lawsuits, a legal verity which President Rodrigo Duterte fully knows, then his pretext of running for vice president to enjoy “immunity”, spills...
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'Press Freedom Predator'

In the hierarchy of constitutional liberties, freedom of expression, which includes the freedom of the press, enjoys preeminence because the availment of other fundamental freedoms depends on the...
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EULOGY PARA KI HONONRABLE BISE ALCALDE DAVID CELENDRON BEATO KAN TIWI, ALBAY

Si Honorable David Celedron Beato, tolong termino na Bise Alcalde kan Tiwi, Albay, namidbid como “ ang pinakamatuang aqui ni Cong. Edcel Lagman sa banwaan kan Tiwi ”. Maski pa ngani ako ngohod niya...
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Vain attempt to evade ICC jurisdiction

Administration officials try to help President Rodrigo Duterte evade the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) by foisting the principle of complementarity. This means the ICC will...
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RH Law revisited

ONE of the landmark legislations approved into law by the late President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3 rd was the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 or the RH law. After 13 years...
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RE: Expiration of Bayanihan 2

Paucity in appropriation is aggravated by ineptness in fund utilization for the pandemic response.
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MEMORANDUM FOR THE PETITIONERS (RE: ISSUES ASSIGNED TO CLUSTER V)

UNDERSIGNED counsel in G.R. No. 252579 (Rep. Edcel C. Lagman vs. Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea, et al.) which is consolidated with the 36 other kindred petitions, respectfully submits...
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LAGMAN: ANTI-TERRORISM ACT IS IRREMEDIABLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL

The 37 kindred groups of petitioners seeking the declaration of unconstitutionality of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 (ATA) filed today with the Supreme Court six-clustered memoranda in support of...
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Re: Pnoy's passing

I am deeply saddened by the untimely death of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. He approved into law, among others, the following landmark statutes:
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A vice president winning the presidency has precedents

DURING the post-war period, five Philippine Vice Presidents have been elected President, three of whom initially succeeded to the presidency before they won in their own right as president:
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VP Duterte: another constitutional aberration

The moment it was floated that President Rodrigo Duterte may run for Vice President in tandem with his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, who is desirous to run for President in 2022, I...
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LAGMAN: VP LENI ROBREDO IS OPPOSITION’S UNIFYING BET

To truly unify the opposition, there must be only one candidate for president against President Rodrigo Duterte’s anointed presidential aspirant. Listing many presidentiables does not project and...
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No funds available for Bayanihan 3?

IT is perplexing and embarrassing that while the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic is overwhelmingly disastrous to the Filipinos’ health and the country’s economy, the Duterte administration’s...
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CLOSING MESSAGE of Rep. Edcel C. Lagman during the AFPPD Online Learning Session on Ending Child...

Child marriage causes irreversible damage to children as it cheats them of their birthright to enjoy their childhood.
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The ordeal of child brides

THE pristine innocence and enviable happiness of children must not be marred and cut short by early child marriage.
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EXPLANATION OF NEGATIVE VOTE OF REP. EDCEL C. LAGMAN ON RESOLUTION OF BOTH HOUSES NO. 2

I vote “No” to Resolution of Both Houses No. 2 on the so-called economic cha-cha for the following reasons:
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EXPLANATION OF ABSTENTION TO BAYANIHAN 3

I cast an abstention on House Bill No. 9411, and the following is my explanation: It is perplexing and embarrassing that while the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic is overwhelmingly disastrous to...
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Anatomy of the power of impeachment

IMPEACHMENT is an awesome power constitutionally vested in the Congress. It is shared by the House of Representatives which has the exclusive power to initiate and prosecute impeachment cases, and...
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