I first met in person the then fearless Mabini lawyer Jejomar Binay a few days after Ninoy Aquino was assassinated on Aug. 21, 1983.
The paid ad of lawyer Ferdinand Topacio in the Inquirer Aug. 18 issue was quite amusing. Why he wasted oodles of money just to remind lawyers to rally behind his call to help preserve “judicial integrity and independence” in the midst of a turf war between the Supreme Court and Malacañang may well be seen as a sleazy attempt to smarm up to the “gods of Padre Faura.”
Last Aug. 8, knowing its importance, I, together with the officers and members of Bukidnon Transport Multipurpose Cooperative, attended the public hearing on the joint application for the approval of the Electric Power Purchase Agreement between First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative (Fibeco) and FDC Misamis Power Corp. and for the issuance of provisional authority for a power supply contract for 35 megawatts at P5.60/kWh (ERC Case No. 2014-097).
Why it is only now that there is a move, led by Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr., to conduct an investigation into alleged questionable disbursements of the Judiciary Development Fund (JDF)? Clearly, this move is merely in retaliation against the Supreme Court’s decision declaring the Disbursement Acceleration Program unconstitutional.
We are a concerned group of Filipino citizens—a coalition of local and overseas residents from Zamboanga and Mindanao Region (Color-Zamar)—who can no longer remain silent on a significant issue affecting the lives of our people in Mindanao. We firmly believe that our voice represents the vast, silent majority of peace-loving Mindanaoans who feel that the so-called “Bangsamoro peace accord” is not only unconstitutional, but also immoral, unjust and inequitable.