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.
By Amando Doronila
President Aquino took off Sunday on a five-nation tour of Europe, leaving the home front in turmoil over whether he would seek another six-year term after the end of his administration next year.
Your editorial on the dismissal, by the House committee on justice, of the three impeachment complaints against President Aquino (“Cynical politics?,” 2/5/14) relied on errors of fact and argumentation, selective highlighting of tangential aspects of the hearing, and sweeping generalizations to undermine the case for holding the President accountable for his actions in relation to the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca).
By Peter Wallace
I’ve always believed that you make better decisions when you face facts. Let’s start with this headline in BusinessWorld last Sept. 5: “Philippines found among most restrictive.”
By Bobby M. Tuazon
President Aquino has sought to clarify that he is not seeking reelection. But his words have not doused speculation about his wanting a second term and added more confusion to the issue.