For Binay, a blanket denial is no longer enough.
The checkered story of Philippine Airlines took another interesting turn last week with full ownership and management reverting to the camp of taipan Lucio Tan.
A councilor of Quezon City has an intriguing proposal: that all elected or appointed government officials holding office in the city be required to take the Metro Rail Transit, Light Rail Transit, or any other form of public transportation on the last Friday of every month. “The only way government officials will understand the plight of commuters is if they themselves take public [transportation] regularly in order to experience and pinpoint how the same must be addressed accordingly,” Councilor Ramon Medalla said in presenting his proposed “Public Officials’ Commute Day” ordinance.
Was anyone the least bit surprised that the suspects behind that Sept. 1 incident on Edsa involving armed men surrounding an SUV turned out to be cops? The photo immediately caused a sensation when it surfaced on Twitter, partly because of the mystery surrounding it. Who were these men aiming guns at the occupants of the SUV? Was it a legitimate police operation, perhaps against a high-profile fugitive? Or a kidnapping, done so brazenly in broad daylight on that ultrabusy highway?
The decision of the Supreme Court raising the cap on political campaign ads on TV and radio has been hailed as a triumph for the freedom of speech. That is an illusion. It upholds the freedom of speech of only one group, the politicians, and undermines democracy for everyone else. The Constitution speaks of equal access to opportunities for public service, and yet the Court will offer our democracy for sale to the highest bidder. It would make it appear that it is actually doing this for our own sake as voters. It pushes credulity too far.