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The lower house approved the proposed charter change on third and final reading on December 11.
The House of Representatives passed on third and final reading a proposal that seeks to amend the 1987 Constitution for the creation of a federal government. Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) 15, authored no less than by House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, ...
 
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To begin Esquire's series of interviews with candidates seeking posts in 2019, we speak to Samira Gutoc, a hijab-wearing Muslim who is running for the Senate in the hopes of bringing the 20-year absence of a Muslim legislator from the Upper Chamber to an end.
Last year, during a special session of Congress on the matter of martial law in Mindanao, Samira Gutoc spoke as one of the survivors of the Battle of Marawi. Gutoc asked the government to lift martial law in Mindanao, and asked the ...
 
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Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque was a lawyer, a law professor, and a member of Congress before he took a position at Malacañang. Here is what he's learned throughout his career, much of which is spent blinking in the spotlight.
People think you just show up at the rostrum and speak, people don’t know the amount of preparation needed. As soon as I show up at the office, I read all the newspapers that we have. I get two briefings, one is ...
 
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Back in July 2014, the Marcos scion shared where he thought we were as a nation and where he supposed, proposed, we could be headed.
When I was asked to give my thoughts on the state of affairs in the country today, I knew it would be a formidable task. Every new administration is elected by the people in the hope of a better future. We would ...
 
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Former students share their baffling memories of the newly appointed presidential consultant on education.
In June 2016, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that President Rodrigo Duterte was planning to appoint Prof. Jose David Lapuz—his former professor at Lyceum of the Philippines—as the new chair of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).But because the term of CHED's ...
 
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Who acts for the good of the people by stealing from the people?
So last Friday, you might have been one of many Filipinos who clicked on part 1 of a promised “exposé” published by a shadowy organization called We Are Collective.It’s “a compendium of stories from several trusted local sources who wish to remain ...
 
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When Ninoy Aquino was assassinated on August 21, 1983, all fingers were pointed at Rolando Galman. But who was he? Where did he come from? Gregorio C. Brillantes looks back on the life of the alleged assassin before that fateful day at the tarmac.
This article originally appeared in our August 2014 issue. Thirty-three years after the assassination of Ninoy Aquino, the question of who ordered the death of Ferdinand Marcos’s foremost opponent remains unresolved. But the identity of the assassin—the man who killed Ninoy Aquino with ...
 
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In light of EDSA Revolution's 31st anniversary, we remember the spontaneity and solidarity that had once united us.
In the 31st anniversary of the EDSA Revolution, we remember the Filipinos who braved tanks and stood vigil in the streets to reclaim their democracy, toppling the two-decade rule of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos. The People Power Revolution in February 1986 was just the first step in rebuilding a nation's ...
 
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Ramon C. Sunico talks about how the bestselling book, Some are Smarter Than Others: A History of Marcos' Crony Capitalism, was made under everyone's noses.
The eyes of publishers and printers light up before any impending election. Besides prospects of multiple print runs of posters, flyers and sample ballots, there are ghost-written (and usually revisionist) biographies commissioned by candidates, published just before the campaign season kicks in ...
 
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Absolute power corrupts absolutely...and makes awful laws, apparently.
When President Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law in 1972, among the first things he did was grant himself, and only to himself, the power to make the laws of the Philippines. With great power comes great responsibility. With absolute power, ah fuck ...
 
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The nonagenarian has been immortalized for his work in politics and his tell-all.
He is the last man standing of three generations of Philippine politics. He has outwitted, outlived—and now, out-written (thanks to a 740-page memoir), both friend and foe, remaining visible and relevant while neatly consigning all of his contemporaries to the dustheap of ...
 
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The best sound bites from our 2016 cover story.
What we’ve learned in the waning months has us clamoring for a jolt of optimism, a voice to keep helplessness at bay. As we brace for another year, we give you some key quotes from the tireless, electrically hopeful Vice President Leni Robredo, ...
 
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“The first time I ran I felt insecure.” No longer a rookie, Frank Drilon imparts lessons from years on the campaign trail.
This was originally published in our May 2013 issue. When I became LP campaign manager and came up with the brand name “Team PNoy” I told the president, “Mr. President, I want to make it very clear we will be using your political ...
 
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Esquire columnist Lisandro Claudio on figuring out truth amid the trolls.
As many of you now know, Oxford Dictionaries named “post-truth” as 2016’s word of the year. It’s an apt choice, as this year has proven the boundlessness of human credulity. Just this month, I found Marcosians peddling a variety of lies: from ...
 
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The former chair of the Commission on Human Rights and the former Secretary of Justice has had a tumultuous start to her career as a neophyte Senator.
Senator Leila de Lima has just been named one of Foreign Policy magazine's 100 Global Thinkers for 2016. We thought it fitting to include this piece—published in our December 2016 issue as part of our Naughty or Nice series—here on our website.The former ...
 
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The Ombudsman has lion-tamed her way through years of investigating and prosecuting errant public officials, both high and low.
As she approached the retirement age of 70, Supreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio Morales saw herself participating in flower clubs, tending to bonsai, and embarking on some prolonged travels—bathing for more than the cursory one or two days under the Tuscan sun. ...
 
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The public servant shares the lessons he's picked up in a life of fighting for human rights, standing up to the Marcoses, and losing comrades.
This was originally published in the December 2015 - January 2016 issue of Esquire Philippines. When I left for the US [to study law], maybe I was 100 miles to the right of Marcos. I didn’t like students telling the leaders how to ...
 
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The Congressman talks about losing family; the death of Maria Teresa Carlson; his alliance with the Marcoses; and being a law student during Martial Law.
This was originally published in our July 2013 issue.It took me seven years to finish law school. I went to law school in 1971. Then September 1972, Martial Law. Nawalan ako ng interest because I found it funny na you’re reading this ...
 
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Leni Robredo, the duly elected Vice President of the Philippines, amid the sound and the fury.
Perhaps for the first time in living memory, we have a Vice President who is more than a ceremonial figure. We should be paying attention to Leni Robredo. Here's an excerpt of our profile on her, the full version of which is ...
 
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"We find ourselves in the strange position of according Lauren’s killer and his handlers the presumption of innocence they never gave her."
It must be a sign of the times that it took me at least a week to make up my mind whether I was going to write this article or not, for reasons that will be self-evident to any Filipino who’s lived through ...
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