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There are times you’d think the Philippines is getting better under the Aquino administration. To be sure, all the accolades that the administration—President Aquino, in particular—has been getting lately provide additional materials for great-sounding press releases from the President’s spokespersons and his allies. Together with the favorable survey results, these accolades could lead people to believe that the Aquino administration is doing just fine in running the country.
Midway into its six-year term, the Aquino administration is now sending signals that clearly bode ill for the Filipino people’s quest for justice, peace and meaningful change.
Right before Holy Week, President Aquino cleverly vetoed a legislation that was designed to help the poor. Well-played, Mr. President! You shot down something that would have benefited the poor masses at a perfect time—that is, right when no one was paying attention to the story because everyone was already looking forward to the extended holidays. In fairness, Aquino is known as a good shot with guns, and he definitely hit the timing bull’s-eye on this one.
By Neal H. Cruz
Politics breeds strange bedfellows. In politics, there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies. These two axioms are no more evident than in the composition of the senatorial slate of the administration’s Team PNoy. The coalition is composed of candidates from the Liberal Party, the Nationalist People’s Coalition, and the Nacionalista Party. President Aquino [...]
Crimes these days have become much more rampant and in-your-face compared to how it was before. In the past, criminals were feared only at night, when it was dark and when most people were already home.
By Amando Doronila
The Aquino administration flooded the media last week with the report that the economy expanded 6.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, lifting the full-year growth to 6.6 percent.
By Amando Doronila
The Aquino administration stands on New Year’s Eve under heavy political fallout from the power struggle with the Cebu provincial government involving the suspension of Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia.
By Amando Doronila
Talks resumed between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last week to try to break the impasse over the establishment of an autonomous Bangsamoro homeland in Mindanao.
The wave of killings of indigenous peoples (IPs) in recent weeks signaled the launching by the Aquino administration of its own brand of terror against these minorities. The most recent massacre of a B’laan family in Datal-Ayong, Tampakan, South Cotabato last Oct. 18, raised to 30 the number of IPs in the Philippines who have fallen victim to extrajudicial killings during the two-and-a-half years of the Aquino presidency
From the crime news reports I see on television every day—robbery in band and in broad daylight, killings of policemen by assassins riding in tandem, security guard shooting another security guard, UVX tirador gang, carjacking and many other such crimes—I must say that heinous crimes are more rampant, on a daily basis, in the Aquino administration than they were in the preceding Arroyo administration. Worse yet, the police, whose main duty is to protect citizens and make them feel safe, are instead extorting them.
EDITA BURGOS, mother of enforced disappearance victim Jonas, has a very serious concern about Malacañang’s branding of human rights violations as “leftist propaganda.” “I fear that the message relayed in such blatant act by authorities can be a justification for human rights violators to continue their abuses,” she said.
The P24.3-billion bid of Ayala Land Inc. for a 74-hectare property in Taguig City was more than just a hot topic for the business community to talk about. It was the biggest government privatization effort in years and a tremendous boost to the Aquino administration’s efforts to entice investors.