The controversy over the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall parking building has taken a dramatic turn, with Tuesday’s startling testimony from former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado. The former close ally turned political enemy of Vice President Jejomar Binay told the Senate blue ribbon committee investigating alleged corruption in the construction of the P2.7-billion building that Binay, then the mayor of one of the country’s richest cities, must have gained illegally from the project because he, the vice mayor at the time, did too. It was standard operating procedure, he said.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
Reading Thelma San Juan’s Sunday column and the entire section of first-person accounts of people who dealt with or are still coping with the effects of depression, chemical imbalance and bi-polar mood disorder made me wonder why suicides seem to be common these days. In the past, suicides only happened to other people, never people you knew personally, but in recent years some suicides came close enough to matter.
By Conrado de Quiros
On the face of it, the antipork marchers had a couple of advantages.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Moving and inspirational was the vignette that made up part of the Bonifacio monument published in Monday’s issue of this paper.
By Michael L. Tan
The date was Aug. 16, 1934. A convention was underway to write a new constitution for the Philippines, then still under the Americans. The constitution was important because it would provide for the transition toward independence.