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Sweat the small stuff seems to be the mantra of certain senators in the wake of the prime-time spitting match between their colleagues Juan Ponce Enrile and Miriam Defensor-Santiago. Short of burying their heads in the sand, these senators could only purse their lips primly and appear unperturbed for the cameras as the two threw parliamentary behavior out the window and engaged each other in language that would make even the proverbial sailor blush.
By Solita Collas-Monsod
The justices of the Supreme Court have been drowning in cases. As of 2004, the last year they gave us information through the Philippine Statistical Yearbook, their case backlog (defined as case load minus case outflow) was 6,882 cases. Divide that by 15 justices, and that means an average of 458 cases each that the justices haven’t disposed of yet.
By Edilberto C. de Jesus
The Supreme Court decision declaring unconstitutional the Priority Development Assistance Fund and similar arrangements paves the way for the radical restructuring of legislative-executive relations. Alas, it will not create a totally and permanently corrupt-free government.
By Juan L. Mercado
Reports on officials “sick, sick, sick” from gorging at the pork barrel straddle headlines and newscasts. These smudged the reports on the passing, last week, of a soldier who wrote on how guerrillas seized the “Koga Papers,” which radically altered World War II’s liberation battle for the Philippines.
By Mahar Mangahas
I might have guessed that the main reason for my being invited to the Loyola School of Theology (LST) was that Pope Francis, bless his kind heart, had just sent Catholic bishops everywhere a set of questions, with a directive to answer these right away. Some questions are on the activities of the bishops, but those on the state of the flock are best answered by scientific surveys.
By Belinda A. Aquino
As Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international codename: Haiyan) rained death and destruction on central Philippines on Nov. 8, an equally ferocious human storm was raging across the halls of the Hawaii State Legislature over the burning issue of same-sex marriage.
By Butch Hernandez
About a year ago, in his presentation in one of the literacy policy dialogues of the Department of Education, Marcial Salvatierra of the Education Development Center (EDC) said we could significantly improve the reading competency of learners in the early grades through a focused set of interventions implemented consistently over time.
I have heard many people tell stories of how they survived Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” A common thread in their narratives is the harrowing experiences unlike any they have gone through in their lives before. Not surprising. After all, Yolanda is the strongest typhoon in recorded history.
Admittedly, Supertyphoon “Yolanda” was the worst, most devastating and deadliest typhoon ever to hit our country.
This is in reaction to the news report titled “PH gets rice supply offers” (Business, 11/27/13).
The PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund), a.k.a pork barrel, the lawmaker’s sugar mommy, is dead. No requiem, no resurrection. May it rest in peace.
By Neal H. Cruz
What, tax amnesty for Manny Pacquiao? For heaven’s sake, why? Pacquiao is a billionaire who can afford to pay, and should pay, the correct income taxes. Is this what we have come to, a billionaire tries to cheat on his taxes and he is granted tax amnesty?