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The good president

June 19, 2017

TRADE TRIPPER by Jemy Gatdula BusinessWorld Online (June 16, 2017) “The contest is not between us and them, but between good and evil, and if those who would fight evil adopt the ways of evil, evil wins.” — Thomas Jefferson My current pet joke comes from Peter Sellers, recalling a musician friend of his being pestered […]

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2016 wasn’t a bad year; it just revealed the bad about Liberals

January 12, 2017

TRADE TRIPPER by Jemy Gatdula (Business World Online) January 6, 2017   The year that went was not a bad year. Some people just whine it so. What really happened was that the media, traditional or social, got a drubbing in 2016. Or to be more precise — their politics did. Which hardly makes for […]

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A Man For All Seasons turns 50

December 12, 2016

TRADE TRIPPER By Jemy Gatdula (Business World Online) December 12, 2016   “Is it my place to say ‘good’ to the State’s sickness? Can I help my King by giving him lies when he asks for truth? Will you help England by populating her with liars?” It’s a great line, quite apt for today’s politics, from Robert […]

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A Supreme Court of limited powers

November 29, 2016

TRADE TRIPPER Jemy Gatdula (Business World Online) November 25, 2016   There is that temptation to treat the Supreme Court as a gathering of men and women of extraordinary wisdom. Indeed, its reticence (well, at least until recently: I’ve always found it highly improper for Supreme Court spokesmen to expound on rulings; see my 2011 […]

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Taking the Bar

November 4, 2016

TRADE TRIPPER by Jemy Gatdula (Business World) November 4, 2016   It’s that time of year when people are supposed to bash the Bar exams. But while I agree that the Bar should be improved, that it’s better for law schools to be stricter in sifting out those unfit for the profession, and I have […]

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Foreign policy: not the president’s job alone

October 28, 2016

TRADE TRIPPER by Jemy Gatdula (Business World) October 28, 2016     The simple fact is: our Constitution never said it’s the President that should exclusively formulate foreign policy. Or put another way: the formulation of foreign policy is a responsibility delegated by the people to the government. And when we say government, it means […]

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Too many lawyers

September 19, 2016

TRADE TRIPPER by Jemy Gatdula (Business World) September 16, 2016   “The first thing we do, is to kill all the lawyers.” Popular in cocktail parties and reliably worth a chuckle or two, and almost always intended at the lawyers’ expense, the phrase seemingly connotes weariness of the legal profession’s annoyingly unwelcome omnipresence in people’s […]

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Why saying ‘no’ to internationalism is not necessarily a bad thing

September 6, 2016

TRADE TRIPPER JEMY GATDULA (Business World) September 2, 2016   Years ago, while giving a lecture on international trade law and emphasizing the need for the Philippines to maximize its ability to achieve policy goals, a lady bureaucrat stood up and criticized my talk by saying that our job (meaning mine as a public commentator […]

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The damage of liberal elitism to the Philippines

August 5, 2016

TRADE TRIPPER by Jemy Gatdula (Business World) August 5, 2016   And I’m not talking about the wealthy oligarchy, a completely different topic altogether. No. Am focusing on this country’s so-called “intelligentsia,” of the academe and the professions, particularly of law (which I’m most familiar with), from those exclusive few universities convinced only they are […]

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50 years of Miranda

August 1, 2016

TRADE TRIPPER by Jemy Gatdula (Business World) July 29, 2016   It’s a familiar movie scene: a fugitive running from the police. After a thrilling chase, he is apprehended, pinned violently against a car, and then someone, the usual maverick detective hero, would swaggeringly mutter: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can […]

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