Loyalty has its merits, sure. But President Aquino would have to forgive the public if it rolls its eyes at yet another instance of him peremptorily dismissing concerns about the performance of a subordinate. This time, public anger has been directed at Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima for the spate of brazen crimes that show not only a breakdown of law and order but, even more alarmingly, the involvement of police officers themselves in criminal activities.
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?