TODAY'S OPINION HEADLINES

MEL STA. MARIA | A very dangerous notion on Martial Law Sat, Jan 21, 2017, 3:37 PM | Atty. Mel Sta.Maria

COCKTALES | Gina Lopez buries Ramon Ang's Manila Bay reclamation project Fri, Jan 20, 2017, 7:50 AM | Victor C. Agustin

COMMENTARY | Koreans' murder by cops indicates ‘breakdown of rule of law’ under Duterte Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 8:53 AM | Phelim Kine, deputy director, Human Rights Watch Asia Division

FOCUS | ASEAN at 50 – and beyond Mon, Jan 9, 2017, 8:43 AM | Kavi Chongkittavorn, Reporting ASEAN

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REFLECT, PRAY, ACT | Cardinal Tagle invites faithful amid moves to restore the death penalty 1:35 pm | Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila REFLECT, PRAY, ACT | Cardinal Tagle invites faithful amid moves to restore the death penaltyThere is a danger that the death penalty might legitimize the use of violence to deal with every wrongdoing. We affirm that victims of crimes need justice and healing. An honest and upright judicial and penal system assures the victims and society of protection and renewal.

COCKTALES | Guam tightens up against Filipino workers 9:18 am | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | Guam tightens up against Filipino workersSkilled Filipino workers already in labor-short Guam are being shown the door, with their replacements from the Philippines unable to obtain work visas.

MEL STA.MARIA | Duterte’s useless fight against the Catholic Church 11:58 am | Mel Sta. Maria MEL STA.MARIA | Duterte’s useless fight against the Catholic ChurchEven if he uses the vast influence of his office to alienate all of the faithful against the Catholic Church, President Duterte will surely fail. His joke on starting an 'Iglesia ni Duterte' may be a better alternative.

COCKTALES | PAL spending $90M to replace video-less sardine seats in A330s 8:04 am | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | PAL spending $90M to replace video-less sardine seats in A330sPhilippine Airlines is spending $6 million per aircraft to rip out and upgrade the sardine-seating configuration in the economy section of all its 15 almost new Airbus A330-300 planes.

COCKTALES | Muji, left behind by Uniqlo, set to slash local prices by 20% 10:06 am | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | Muji, left behind by Uniqlo, set to slash local prices by 20%The iconic Japanese household and apparel company plans to slash retail prices by 20 percent and expand its local offerings to boost flagging sales.

MEL STA. MARIA | A very dangerous notion on Martial Law 3:37 pm | Atty. Mel Sta.Maria MEL STA. MARIA | A very dangerous notion on Martial LawThat the President can declare martial law even outside the textual parameters set by the 1987 Freedom Constitution is a seriously wrong understanding of our Constitution that could lead to the destruction of our democratic way of life.

COCKTALES | Gina Lopez buries Ramon Ang's Manila Bay reclamation project 7:50 am | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | Gina Lopez buries Ramon Ang\The controversial plan of San Miguel president Ramon S. Ang to build either a new city or an airport from the waters of Manila Bay had been scuttled for good by Environment Secretary Gina Lopez.

COMMENTARY | Koreans' murder by cops indicates ‘breakdown of rule of law’ under Duterte 8:53 am | Phelim Kine, deputy director, Human Rights Watch Asia Division COMMENTARY | Koreans\The killing by Philippine police of a South Korean businessman is an ominous indicator of the breakdown of rule of law under President Rodrigo Duterte.

COMMENTARY | Redefining the Liberal Party’s role in Philippine society 2:11 pm | Senator Francis N. Pangilinan, president, LP COMMENTARY | Redefining the Liberal Party’s role in Philippine societyWe need to go to the grassroots, engage with the marginalized sectors, and become a genuine people's party. We need people to inspire our young people, including the so-called millennials, to become more pro-active citizens willing to collectively shape a kinder tomorrow.

COCKTALES | New Pacifica owners distance selves from Yuchengco, Romero 12:29 pm | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | New Pacifica owners distance selves from Yuchengco, RomeroThe new majority owners of the shell company Pacifica, the Yu/Dato group, clarifies that they are neither lawyers of, or partners of, Congressman Mikee Romero.

COCKTALES | PowerBooks, Avant shut down flagship Greenbelt branches 7:26 am | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | PowerBooks, Avant shut down flagship Greenbelt branchesTwo flagship Greenbelt 4 tenants, PowerBooks and Avant, have shut down their branches during the New Year holidays along with three other neighboring shops, all apparently victims of the tougher retail environment.

MARIE YUVIENCO | ORO, PERRO, MATA 9:40 pm | Marie Yuvienco MARIE YUVIENCO | ORO, PERRO, MATAThe recipient of the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence for about five minutes, the film Oro is gaining word-of-mouth for all the wrong reasons.

COCKTALES | Romero unloads stake in shell company to partners 9:34 am | Victor C. Agustin COCKTALES | Romero unloads stake in shell company to partnersNew party-list congressman Mikee Romero has sold his shareholdings within a listed shell company, Pacifica, to his own lawyers-partners.