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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 other heinous offenses consequent to Duterte’s horrific war against drugs. 

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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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LAGMAN: PH IS JOINING THE WORLD ON ABSOLUTE DIVORCE

The Philippines is at the threshold of joining the community of nations in sustaining the universality of absolute divorce when the committee on population and family relations unanimously approved...
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How can I help Leni?

THE repeated question, which the surveys do not capture, asked by the marginalized and disadvantaged sectors, millennials and senior citizens, civil society and non-government organizations,...
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Divorce bill unanimously passed by the Committee on Population and Family Relations

For the second consecutive Congress, starting from the 17 th Congress, an absolute divorce bill is bound for plenary debates in the House of Representatives. The Committee on Population and Family...
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LAGMAN: DUTERTE HAS NO JURISDICTION OVER COA

President Rodrigo Duterte has no authority to stop the Commission on Audit (COA) from performing its constitutional mandate of safeguarding the utilization of public funds and making public the...
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2021 Counter-SONA (Last of 3 parts)

This third installment of my “2021 Counter-SONA” covers President Duterte’s contumacious defiance of the investigation to be conducted by the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) prosecutor; the...
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The Duterte administration must not crow prematurely on the 11.8% growth rate

The Duterte administration must not crow prematurely on the 11.8% growth rate of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the second quarter of 2021 which is not good enough. The growth rate in...
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2021 Counter-SONA (Second of 3 parts)

THIS second installment of my “2021 Counter-SONA” covers the substandard state of basic education and the anemic response to the disastrous pandemic.
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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...
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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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