President Benigno S. Aquino III signed into law Republic Act No. 10350 or the Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act of 2012.
The passage of the RH bill in both houses is the fulfillment of the long time wish for the majority of the Filipino people in addressing the socioeconomic and environmental problems of the country that are brought about by an ever-increasing population growth after the bill lays dormant for 13 years.
The Lower House approved the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill HB 4244 on second reading.
The passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, a measure institutionalizing transparency and accountability is what the Filipino people need to gain back the confidence and faith towards their government.
Article II Section 26 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution clearly prohibits political dynasty but it has yet to come up with an appropriate definition by enacting a law through Congress.
House Bill No. 6551, or the Political Party Development Act (PPDA) of 2012 is aimed, according to the proponents of the bill, to level the playing field among political parties and promote financial transparency.
It has been twenty five years since the 1987 Philippine Constitution was implemented but a law has yet to be passed by Congress to clearly define political dynasty which is being prohibited under the Constitution.
The signing of peace accord by the Philippine government with MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) is still met with apprehension by some peace advocates, if the framework agreement really works for a lasting peace in Mindanao.
There is a lesson to be learned that there can still be ‘harmony in diversity’ if only as a people we know how to acknowledge and respect each other differences.
The prompt response from the Philippine government to address concerns on the implementation of the law and whether there is a need to amend some provisions in the Cybercrime Prevention Act has to be commended.