By Conrado de Quiros
The Freedom of Information (FOI) bill that the Senate passed last Monday will not include Malacañang divulging the proceedings of its confidential meetings. At least until such time as those meetings end up in policy declarations, in which case the public may demand a summary of their salient points.
By Randy David
The provision of affordable social housing to low-income families has been a persistent concern of the country’s successive administrations.
By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
Filipinos have a way of using superlatives when they see a how-good-can-it-get situation. So let me say: Women farmers na, empowered pa.
By Peter Wallace
I’m going to clear my desk a little (you should see the mounds of paper on it; I think there’s a desk underneath) with some notes I’ve made as events happen.
By Katrina G. Lucena
Before I know it I will be among the millions upon millions of graduates of schoolyear 2013-2014. My mother can breathe a sigh of relief, as her youngest child scrambles atop a stage, shakes hands with the college president, and awkwardly walks back down clutching a thin scroll of paper for which she paid roughly P64,000 over the last four years.
By Danilo S. Venida
The pork barrel scam that used nongovernment organizations to siphon off the people’s money is indeed quite brazen. There are many other operations with varying degrees of brazenness—such as “SOP” (standard operating procedure)—but they are all the same: scams.
Medical practitoners, doctors in particular, are gravely concerned with the shame campaign being conducted by the Bureau of Internal Revenue against physicians.
There have been been many protests published in the newspapers against tree-cutting because of the expansion of major highways in Tarlac and Pangasinan. And yet nobody seems to protest against Meralco and PLDT posts left lying on highways after a road expansion project is completed.
We would like to assure commentary writer Edilberto C. de Jesus and Inquirer readers that Vice President Jejomar C. Binay never used the word “dud” to describe the affidavit of Ruby Tuason (“Politically motivated,” Opinion, 3/1/14).
We appreciate the Inquirer editorial staff’s fearless views and reports of events here and abroad, including Ramon Tulfo for his column “VP Jojo Binay’s death warrant” (Metro, 12/24/13) and Winnie Monsod for siding rightfully with the Dasmariñas Village security guards (“Winnie Monsod: Guards were correct,” Inquirer.net, 12/19/13). To all of them I say, “Keep up the good work!”
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.