By Danilo S. Venida
Poverty is a state of deprivation, a heightened demand for the satisfaction of basic wants. We see poverty in a malnourished child with a blank stare, in a congested slum bereft of sanitation and order, in a hospital ward crowded with unattended patients of possibly cross-contaminating health issues, in a bunch of street children sniffing rugby.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
Sex videos were “thrown in” in an attempt to block the confirmation of Leila de Lima’s appointment as justice secretary.
By Dean dela Paz
As unsavory as the Filipino word might sound, it is appropriate to describe the latent protocols at the Commission on Appointments (CA). To degrade or otherwise debase does not quite capture the full flavor of the word where reputations are dragged into the mud and slime, there finding company with the same filth in which Congress and the CA members now similarly wallow.
By Conrado de Quiros
The no. 1 reply of those whose names appeared in the Napoles list and Luy file was that they did not know Janet Napoles, or have not met with her socially or professionally. To a man, or woman, that was the first thing they said in their vehement protestations and denials.
By Neal H. Cruz
Members of Congress have suddenly become shy with the appearance of more and more names of lawmakers, Cabinet secretaries, and other government officials in the lists of public servants who allegedly received kickbacks from Janet Lim Napoles, the purported mastermind of the P10-billion pork barrel scam. Public servants who used to covet invitations to media forums now turn down these invitations intended to give them an opportunity to defend themselves. They are content with issuing press statements in their defense, which are dutifully published by media outlets—but they do not want to be questioned by journalists at press forums.