All lies. Hearsay and uncorroborated evidence. Those were Vice President Jejomar Binay’s words in response to the flood of charges from certain quarters accusing him of corruption and mismanagement in his long and storied tenure as mayor of Makati City. Not only are they fabrications, he said, “but there is nothing in what they are showing as testimony that can stand [up] in a court of law.”
When you’re brought back to your former “stomping grounds,” placed once again in the company of old friends and colleagues and the environment that nurtured and molded you to full flowering, would you call that incarceration? We think not.
By Solita Collas-Monsod
They did not call it a press conference, as indeed it was not, because the speaker did not answer any questions, leaving it to underlings to do so. He merely read his speech which, it was reported, he had written himself and subjected to about 20 revisions. All by him. And then he left.
President Benigno Aquino III was photographed early this week in front of Jose Rizal’s monument—an iconic moment framed by bright blue skies. Ironically, the picture was taken, not in front of the real thing at Rizal Park, but in front of a replica in Spain, at the Las Islas Filipinas stop of the Madrid metro. Had it been taken at Rizal Park, careful angling would have been needed to produce a clear shot without a condominium construction blocking the view.
By Rina Jimenez-David
To mark the first death anniversary of Dr. Alberto “Quasi” Romualdez, former health secretary and staunch campaigner for and defender of health rights, especially reproductive health and rights for the country’s poor, a “memorial event” was hosted by several NGOs and the Department of Health last Monday.