M230 Bonus for 10 pts deadline March 29, 2016

For the Legal Standards part of the course:

At your option, if you want to earn points to be added to your exam scores, you may monitor the presidential debate on  March 20, 2016 to be televised live, and on replay;

     or any news coverage of said debate;

     and write and post on the following (click the comments section and type your opinion, then click “post comment” ; you may use a pseudonym if you don’t want to use your real name): (for 10 points at 5 points each)

BOTH THE FOLLOWING (or only one at your option):

One sample of any of the following: an imputation of a vice; or an imputation of a crime; or  an imputation of a defect,  made by any of the participants in the debate. Then, pls discuss whether the utterer can be held liable for libel by using the categories, doctrines, and principles taken up in class.

One sample of the following: Any criticism made of fellow candidates or of the administration which constitutes fair comment, using the categories on subjects of fair comment, and the criteria for fair comment, taken up in class.

Deadline: Tuesday after Easter, or on March 29, 2016 at 5pm.

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3 thoughts on “M230 Bonus for 10 pts deadline March 29, 2016

  1. On the subject matter of Fair Comment, Grace Poe said a fair comment to Binay during the 2nd Presidential Debate March 20, 2016 when she questioned Binay’s statement that he will adhere to the rule of law and let his son face the charges if his son Jejomar Binay gets convicted. Poe said that the vice president and his son refused to attend hearings on the corruption allegations against them. It means that Grace Poe is questioning Binay’s pledge that he and his family will live by the rule of the law. This statement can be categorize to Fair Comment’s regarding involvement in public events such as public hearing. Since Jejomar Binay is also a public figure and related to him, Binay can be questioned also to his son’s actions. Binay and his son Jejomar’s doings appeals to the public.

  2. During the 2nd Presidential Debate hosted by the COMELEC thru its media partners, TV5 and Philippine Star, the discussion heats up when the candidates discusses FOI bill and corruption. Aggressive in answering and asking questions during the first round of the debate, Senator Grace Poe emphasized her interest of passing the FOI bill. Though not directly accusing VP Jejomar Binay of graft and corruption, VP Binay has been so defensive in expressing his plea of not guilty on facing corruption allegations. Duterte even reiterated to Binay that if they should be found guilty of stealing, both of them should withdraw their presidential candidacy.

    When the second question was raised specifically about the pending cases of VP Binay’s son, the dismissed Makati mayor Junjun Binay, VP Binay said that he would comply with the law – even if he believed his son was innocent.

    One interesting part of the debate is VP Binay’s plea of not including his son in the discussion. But since he is a candidate and a public figure, it is part of the public’s interest to know his family members’ (public) records, so this plea should not be an issue after all.

    Also during the 2nd Presidential Debate, many statements and comments were argued by the candidates, and these arguments may be considered as fair comments since most of the discussions focus on the candidates’ acts of governance, quality of public infrastructure and public works, acts of public officials and work of employees and personnel in public utilities, public works and infrastructure. The candidates has generally provided honest opinions during the debate.

  3. WHEN THE SHAFT FAILED TO SEPARATE FROM THE GRAIN AT KIDAPAWAN : BLOOD IN THE HANDS THAT FEED US
    MEDIA 230 # 11

    About 5000 farmers in KIdapawan City occupied the streets last March 30 , 2016.The drought-stricken farmers were left no choice but to strongly gather in solidarity to make a stand to their soundless voices of plea for the government- of the TUWID NA DAAN – to listen to their needs and act on their request for 15,000 sacks of rice to feed those affected by the drought.  For six months of famine and dried crops with nothing to feed their families, the farmers,   out of desperation marched to the office of Governor Emmylou “Lala” Talino-Mendoza who proposed a privatized irrigation system which just put the spirit of poor farmers down, the more. The Department of Agriculture apart from its drought-resistant seedlings and other projects on paper, did not provide subsidies to augment hunger and immediate assistance to their needs. The impunity manifested by Malacanang , the DA , the DSWD and the Provincial and local government of Kidapawan , are all liable for all of these incompetence and negligence and crime.
    The sad thing is, the wolves attacked those poor farmers mercilessly ,when some of them were detained , a great number of them were targets of bullets from.45 calibers and high-caliber SWAT weapons as they were dispersed , two died and hundreds were injured. Thus, the political Code of Ethics had been violated. The mere fact that the government knew hundreds of farmers and their families have nothing to eat because of the drought for 6 months, the government sprinkled them with bullets as an answer to their hunger and desperation. Or was it the government who was desperate at that point ?. Where is the preservation of human dignity there? The centrality of the family unit in a society of free citizens ? Was the respect of human rights and freedom acknowledged ?Was adequate livelihood provided for them in times that they needed it most ?Was the common good served? Or was there a fear of GOD manifested at all?
    Even  the International Human Rights Standards contain relevant provisions on Freedom of Thought, Conscience ,Religion or Belief.  Under it, no one shall be subjected to coercion. NGOs and support groups lined the streets last April 8 to protest the killings and violent attacks to the farmers of Kidapawan and to continue their plight for food for them and water for their crops. And not only that,  this time, to protest the violations and reckless inhumane responses of the local government , the SWAT team , Gov. Lala ,Its Mayor ,the DA, DSWD and the President of the Philippines.
    

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