Customs Commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon is resigning his high-profile office by day’s end tomorrow. It is a good decision; if he had not tendered his “irrevocable resignation” in a meeting with President Aquino on Monday, he would have been forced out of the Bureau of Customs by both internal political pressure and public opinion. Indeed, [...]
By Conrado de Quiros
P-Noy has appointed Ping Lacson rehabilitation czar. That is either inspired or mad. But then the line distinguishing inspiration from madness is a very fine one.
In interviews with foreign and local media, President Aquino kept on repeating the line that in case of a calamity, it is the local government that should first respond, and only when it fails to do so will national assistance be made available.
The Hong Kong lawmakers’ vote to cancel the Filipinos’ visa-free access to Hong Kong is clearly a move to show contempt for President Aquino’s refusal to apologize for the death of eight Hong Kong tourists held hostage inside a bus in Rizal Park in 2010.
Many were surprised by President Aquino’s 12-minute speech on prime nationwide television on the evening of October 30. It was a response to a question that was not even asked—“Are you a thief?” According to surveys, his trust rating as a person is holding on. So why dwell on the subject?
By Conrado de Quiros
My column on Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos yesterday and P-Noy’s declaration “I am not a thief” last week drove home a point for me. Which is good news and bad news for P-Noy.
By Romeo D. Bohol
It’s an object lesson on how to squander political capital: President Aquino preempts prime-time TV programming to defend Budget Secretary Butch Abad’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP)—and reaps rebuke.
By Amando Doronila
President Aquino’s speech last week defending the Disbursement Acceleration Program was a landmark in the abuse of the bully pulpit privilege of the presidency in setting the agenda for public debate on contentious national issues.
It was, as both Malacañang and the TV networks made sure to mention, the first time President Aquino preempted prime-time television to deliver a national address. When he went on the air, for about 12 minutes, on Wednesday night, he was thus doing something new. That he used the time to repeat something he had already said before explains the speech’s immediate reception.
By Neal H. Cruz
“I am not a thief,” President Aquino said in a prime-time radio-television address the other night. Who said you are? But maybe some of your friends are.
In his October 25 column titled “Conspiracy theories,” Amando Doronila failed to make an important distinction between the Priority Assistance Development Fund (PDAF) and the Development Accelerated Program (DAP).
What do the recent surveys tell us about the impact of the pork barrel scandal on President Aquino? The first round of reporting and analysis of the Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia surveys, which were conducted roughly at the same time in September, seems to have ranged between dire prognostications of devastated ratings and the first suggestions of a Teflon presidency. The more likely reading, however, is somewhere in the middle: A popular President has sustained a small hit but retains considerable goodwill.