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Presidential cases – legal and political considerations

IT has long been hoped that the Mamasapano incident of January 15, 2015, be laid to rest after so many years of official investigations by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation and inquiries in aid of legislation by the Senate and the House of Representatives.

We can understand Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s desire to remove party allies led by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from their key positions in the House of Representatives for voting against the death penalty bill.

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IN 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a “moratorium on the use of the death penalty” in member countries around the world. The resolution proposed a moratorium on executions, with a view to abolishing the death penalty in the future. It was passed by a vote of 104 in favor – the Philippines among them, with 54 against, and 29 abstentions. A subsequent resolution in 2008 was adopted with increased support from 106 states, with 46 against, and 34 abstaining.

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As expected, the migration of congressmen and other officials to the incoming administration party and coalition has begun. Over a dozen members of the Liberal Party (LP) from the Visayas have signed a declaration of support for a speaker of the House of Representatives from the PDP-Laban party of winning presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte.

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PRESIDENT-elect Rodrigo Duterte has yet to be proclaimed but his lead in the election count is such that everyone is now watching his every move, listening to all that his close aides and advisers have to say, speculating on what he is likely to do on the host of problems that he and the nation face.

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ON Monday, April 25, the New People’s Army (NPA) released five Davao police officers, whom they called “prisoners of war,” to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. The mayor got to talk with the commander of the NPA’s Pulang Bagani Battalion which had turned over the police officers to him.

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