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Legal history of marijuana

THE Cebupedia columnist Atty. Paul Clarence Oaminal former Undersecretary and Dangerous Drugs Board Vice Chair during the time of PGMA, e-mailed the following which I am sharing in this space. “History of the passage of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1972 (Marijuana as an illegal drug) is the law that repealed the provisions covered under Title V of the Revised Penal Code, entitled Opium and Other Prohibited Drugs.

Ma’am Leni

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A FAMILIAR maxim of old, “Every senator thinks of himself a Ceasar”. The local version, “There are 24 Republics as there are Senators”. It is a legitimate ambition for every senator, elected nationwide, to aspire to be president one day. So, what of Vice Presidents (VPs)? As the late Vice President Salvador Laurel would counsel me, “Politics is like poker. You have to keep your cards as close to your chest as possible”.

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Death penalty?

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President Rodrigo Duterte’s winning standard in the 2016 elections was a campaign vow on a war against drugs, crime and corruption. The “provinciano” up to the “Ayala elites” could identify with the serious issues raised, realizing the conviction behind the simplicity of the messaging. Part of the current administration’s mandate was the pledge to return the “death penalty”.

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Martial Law?

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THE extant photograph in black and white of Senators Salvador Laurel, Eva Estrada Kalaw, Gerardo Roxas etc. standing to the left and right of a bolted Senate door leading to the Session Hall is a sobering reminder, if not a poignant caveat, when Executive authority, displayed in all its naked power, trespasses over a co-equal branch of government.

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte urged, “Let us strengthen our ROTC Program to instill love of country and good citizenship”. The Congress and the Senate must now heed the call of the new Administration. It must be appraised of the very same complaints, ideologues and parties resistant to the restoration of mandatory ROTC in all colleges and universities, private or State administered, to move forward.

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THE Film Industry is worried of being un-hinged with reports a list of movie personalities involved in illegal drugs is currently undergoing a validation phase by identified pushers before it is finalized, and with the guidance of the NCRPO of the Philippine National Police (PNP), prior release to the public.

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