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Speaking for itself

This is a novel case about medical malpractice or the liability of a surgeon, anesthesio logist and a hospital for damages due to the negligence in the performance of their duties to a patient. In this case, the court likewise explains the doctrine of Res Ipsa Loquitur which means the …

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Wanted: Chief Justice

With just one year to go before he reaches the 70 years old mandatory age of retirement for members of the judiciary, “acting” Supreme Court Chief Justice Antonio Carpio is looking forward to preside on the selection for the replacement of ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. The seven-man Judicial …

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In the dark

Either our politicians are tone-deaf, or they can afford to ignore surveys because they are cooking up something that will be foisted as a fait accompli on a leery nation. Every day the latest effort to amend the Constitution, with federalism marketed as the path to the Promised Land, looks …

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Next chief justice by growing clamor

There’s mounting acclamation for Antonio Carpio to be Chief Justice. It’s unprecedented in Supreme Court history. Retired and sitting magistrates, statesmen, eminent citizens are urging him to accede. All extol his reputation and skill. Carpio leads five most senior SC justices automatically nominated for the top post. None of the …

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EDITORIAL – Enhanced preparedness

Classes are suspended today in several cities in Metro Manila and neighboring areas due to massive flooding. Portions of several major thoroughfares and side streets turned into virtual rivers yesterday as the southwest monsoon, intensified by tropical storm Henry, dumped heavy rains all over Metro Manila and neighboring areas. Images …

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EDITORIAL – Security for all

The controversy over the pullout of a senator’s security detail should lead to a review of policies on keeping VIPs safe at taxpayers’ expense. The Philippine National Police has only 170,000 members to keep about 100 million people safe all over the country. Not all of those 170,000 PNP members …

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The bitter pill of Pacquiao’s win

Last Sunday, the nation had finally witnessed a long awaited win by Sen. Manny Pacquiao. He did not just win over Lucas Mathysse, he won by knockout – his first in nine years. Many have been bashing the “people’s champ” for a wide range of reasons lately, but all of …

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We flew PAL’s A350-900 from Toulouse to Manila

When you are abroad, it’s often difficult to get news from home, especially when we learned that Sen. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao his fight against Lucas Matthysse. What I did not expect was to find out that Pres. Rodrigo Duterte watched the fight at the VIP section of the Axiata Arena …

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Let the Limasawa debate roll

The National Historical Institute (NHI) and Congress, through RA 2733 enacted in 1960 declared that the “First Mass” in the Philippines was held at Limasawa Island in Southern Leyte. Last month, 200 participants signed a declaration urging the continuation of the debate on the exact site of the first mass …

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Unknown

There is something odd about the numbers presented by Pulse Asia in its latest survey. The survey reports that only 18 percent favors Charter change. However, 28 percent favors a shift to federalism. About 10 percent of respondents do not seem to realize that Charter change is a precondition to …

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