A bill seeking to reinstate the death penalty passed one of its’ toughest hurdles this week as the House of Representatives approved it on third and final reading. The bill will now be sent to the Senate for a similar vote, although a rejection seems unlikely given that high-profile senators are in favor of it – such […]Read More The Hypocrisy of Manny Pacquiao
In a country where the vast majority of the population profess a belief in a Higher Power, it is easy to mistake that the system of government we live under is a theocracy. Many Filipinos forget the secular nature of the Philippine Republic, that it is enshrined in the 1987 Constitution that the church and […]Read More Not a Theocracy
The 17th Congress have made the reimposition of capital punishment one of their main priorities, at a time when poverty is rife and there already being a de-facto death penalty in place. The House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez even made a dire warning to lawmakers, threatening to remove their leadership responsibilities if they dare vote against House […]Read More Justice for Whom?
Just this week, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) regretfully announced the execution of a Filipina drug mule in China, two years after she was caught smuggling drugs to the country. The unnamed convict became the fifth Filipino to be executed for narcotics-related crimes in the mainland. The incident brought back memories of the three […]Read More Why China?