Ten years after the Hacienda Luisita massacre, the P-Noy clan has given no indication that it will move to end its bloodstained land-monopoly and abandon its slave-wages-for-farmworkers practice. It’s totally outrageous that President Aquino’s family expects Filipino farmworkers and their families to survive on P9.50 a day (less than 0.30 New Zealand dollars) and silences […]
By Solita Collas-Monsod
Can someone please tell me why President Aquino orders a Cabinet member, Health Secretary Enrique Ona, to go on leave so he can prepare his answers to questions about a vaccine purchase where he is suspected of some kind of corrupt practice, yet refuses to do the same to another Cabinet member, Vice President and Housing Secretary Jojo Binay, who is under investigation for graft and corruption and unexplained wealth involving far greater amounts?
How does a homeowner get rid of a house guest who has overstayed his or her welcome? That seems to be the quandary of President Aquino. He told Vice President Jejomar Binay that the door is open if the latter is no longer comfortable being a Cabinet member. Unfortunately, Binay is deaf to the President’s “open door” policy.
Having been born in Eastern Visayas, I can vouch how near Guiuan is, either by land or by air, to Tacloban City. In one of our family summer escapades, my kids and I traveled by land, through public transport, from Tacloban City to Guiuan before we proceeded to our hometown Taft in Eastern Samar.
The Inquirer editorial (“Aquino’s mistake,”) and Philippine Star’s Amy Pamintuan’s column, both published last Nov. 10, asserted that President Aquino should have made an arguably “trapo”-ish visit to Tacloban. I much regret to have to beg to differ. There is so much we agree on such that I am mildly surprised when an occasional difference in opinion arises.