By Michael L. Tan
More than 22,000 people packed the Araneta Coliseum last Sunday to watch this year’s UAAP (University Athletic Association of the Philippines) cheerdance competition. Many more people, maybe reaching a million, followed the competition on television, through live and delayed telecasts.
By Amando Doronila
Before Manilans could make the sign of the cross, they were shocked by the news that urban developers had started dismantling one of the few remaining historical landmarks of Manila—the Army-Navy Club on the edge of Quirino Grandstand just across from the equally iconic Manila Hotel.
The editorial titled “Bad trip” (9/14/14), about our public transport system, concluded with this statement: “In civilized countries, officials do not think it beneath them to take public transport with the rest of the population. But then again, those countries have effective transport systems that are well maintained, run on a strict schedule, and thus move masses of people efficiently. For them, ‘public service’ is not just a laughable phrase. For us, our transport problems are a bad trip and a horrible reality with seemingly no end in sight.”
The column of Solita Monsod on Vice President Jejomar Binay (“No-win situation,” 9/6/14) was dead-on. The Senate blue ribbon subcommittee’s inquiry into the alleged venalities of officials in Makati City when he was the mayor has put the Veep on a sticky wicket. From the evidence so far surfacing (“Building contracts rigged; Ex-Makati official: That’s our practice,” News, 9/5/14), he is now perceived as either shamelessly corrupt himself (if he knew about and profited from the anomalies) or grossly and unpardonably incompetent as an executive officer (if he didn’t have the foggiest idea his officials were ripping off the residents of Makati).
Jovito Palparan’s transfer to military HQ is “daang matuwid-style” VIP treatment for human rights violators. This homecoming is a grave insult to the families of the victims of extrajudicial killings, human rights abuse, torture and disappearances.