It’s as clear as day: The campaign season has started. And Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago’s advice to voters makes profound sense: Don’t vote for those involved in the pork barrel controversy. But don’t stop there, she said. Shun as well those who have remained “consistently silent” in the face of staggering criminality in public office, those who refuse to take their colleagues to task for their corruption, those whose political considerations trump their sworn duty to root out and condemn venality in government.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
When used for the right purpose, computer printing on tarpaulin is one of the technological advances of our time, but when used to inflict the names and faces of “epal” politicians on us, tarpaulin advertisements become the visual curse of our time. Tarpaulin will never rise to the level of art, but self-promotion, or the need to leave one’s mark in the world, sometimes gives birth to World Heritage sites like the pyramids in Eygpt and Mexico or the Taj Mahal in India. In the Philippines, we have the iconic Marcos-era buildings that inspired the term “edifice complex,” describing one of Imelda Marcos’ afflictions.
By Oscar Franklin Tan
It took the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s disgraceful ad featuring a doctor sitting on a teacher’s shoulders for citizens to protest. However, this was only the latest installment in an increasingly alarming shame campaign that must be reexamined under the lens of human rights.
By Conrado de Quiros
The first thing they ask you while your right hand rests on the Bible is: “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?” That is the test of a witness’ testimony. One or two do not suffice. All three must be there.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Last time I checked, “12 Years a Slave,” this year’s Oscar “Best Picture” winner, was still showing in Manila theaters, and perhaps elsewhere.
By Neal H. Cruz
The good news is that electricity rates will go down soon. The bad news is that the Manila Electric Co., an important utility company, is no longer controlled by the Filipino Lopez family but by a foreigner, 65-year-old Indonesian magnate Anthoni Salim.
By Michael L. Tan
Last Friday I wrote about how, sometimes, we might want to appreciate the “pasaway” (defiant) because they can actually be quite creative.
The third sentence of the fourth paragraph on Dr. Antonio Montalvan II’s column last Monday, “The next arena,” should have read “It is an online portal introduced as a pilot project in November 2000 through Executive Order No. 322, and later instituted by legislation, through the Government Procurement Act of 2003.
Constitutionalism is taking a severe beating under the Aquino administration.
My family and I went to the Resorts World area recently. We attended a wake at St. Peter’s Chapel in the church there.
The US State Department report on the human rights abuses in the Philippines is hypocritical because the United States is equally responsible for the abuses through military aid, deployment of troops and a counterinsurgency blueprint that is anchored on the Aquino administration’s Oplan Bayanihan.
I noted that the editorial in the March 5 issue of the Inquirer (“Special court necessary”) attributed the following statements to me: