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Philippine Supreme Court Split on U.S. Defense Pact

Peace and Freedom

The SC earlier set the deliberations on the case last Nov. 10 and 16 before the arrival of American President Barrack Obama for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit last month, but the high court failed to rule on the case because some justices were not ready yet with their position. STAR/File photo

MANILA, Philippines – Justices of the Supreme Court are divided over the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the United States.

A court insider bared yesterday that three magistrates have submitted their respective dissenting opinions on a draft decision upholding the constitutionality of EDCA.

“This was the reason why the voting was again reset (last Wednesday). The dissenting opinions were circulated only last Tuesday,” the source revealed to The STAR.

Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno reportedly penned the draft ruling.

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Brookings Scholar Has an Idea — Shared Parenting!

American Fathers

By Robert Franklin, Esq.
Member National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

I don’t know whether to be touched or outraged. This article is so naïve it’s almost sweet in a perverse sort of way (Brookings, 12/9/15). At the same time, it was written by a scholar at the Brookings Institute, one of the leading think tanks in this country, so I’d expect it to exhibit some basic knowledge about its subject. (I uniformly refuse to write in all caps because I consider that a poor substitute for principled argument. But I promise you, the linked-to piece tests my resolve.)

The writer is Richard Reeves. He’s billed as the Co-Director of the Center on Children and Families. His thesis is this: Problem — single mothers are disproportionately poor; they do the lion’s share of childcare; that prevents them from working and earning; many non-resident fathers aren’t employed. Solution…

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