Vaccine diplomacy

One can’t help feeling resentful when one thinks about it. Here we are today, having to make do with a vaccine whose reported efficacy is the lowest among all vaccines, prodded only by the thought that “the best vaccine is the one that is available.” In a desperate situation, this mantra has become more persuasive. […]

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Bewildering early retirements in SC

Never in the history of our country have three members of our Supreme Court, including its chief justice, retired in quick sequence way ahead of their 70th birthdays. They are Priscilla J. Baltazar-Padilla, Diosdado M. Peralta, and Edgardo L. Delos Santos. (A fourth, Samuel R. Martires, also retired early in mid-2018 but only to enable […]

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Ivermectin’s counterfactual appeal

Defying authoritative scientific voices attesting to its uselessness as a cure or prophylactic against COVID-19, a good number of Filipinos are turning to the antiparasitic drug ivermectin as an answer to the coronavirus. A cursory look at the profile of its advocates (e.g., in chat groups) would immediately tell us that these are not ignorant […]

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An auspicious beginning for the new CJ

Without ubiquitous headlines and TV cameras, Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo quietly took his oath of office on April 5 and began his five years and seven months as the primus inter pares of the Supreme Court and as the leader of the entire judiciary. In his phone call last Friday evening, he reminded and […]

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Pigafetta and the encounter of cultures

In 1982, upon receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature, the Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez delivered an eloquent acceptance speech before a largely European audience. I will quote from this speech at length because it begins ominously with a reference to the chronicles of Antonio Pigafetta, who was with Ferdinand Magellan in that historic voyage […]

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Q&A on the game-changing SC cases

My column last Sunday (“Five game-changing SC decisions”) drew interesting questions from readers, as follows: Q1. Who voted, 6-4, in the notorious Javellana v. Executive Secretary? A. The votes were counted in the ponencia of then CJ Roberto Concepcion, as follows: “ACCORDINGLY, by virtue of the majority of six (6) votes of Justices Makalintal, Castro, […]

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Behind vaccine hesitancy

The latest Pulse Asia findings on Filipinos’ attitudes toward the COVID-19 vaccines, though not unexpected, still must have come as a surprise to those in charge of the vaccine rollout. Released last Friday, when the country registered its highest number of new coronavirus cases per day at almost 10,000, the results showed that only 16 […]

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