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 Michael L. Tan
At the University of the Philippines we have a team of social scientists who are now beginning to gather stories from survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” to derive lessons for future disaster responses.
I was happy when I heard about the plan of the Quezon City government to change existing street lamps to LED.
Resign! This is the most decent and logical thing officials linked to reported irregularities in government can do. This will not only shield the executive department, particularly President Aquino, from criticism that could erode the people’s trust and confidence in government; more importantly, it will greatly help the chief executive in sustaining his “daang matuwid” (straight path) crusade.
By Randy David
By striking down the controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) for lawmakers’ projects for being unconstitutional, the Supreme Court signaled the urgency of reforming the way we conduct the affairs of government. The high court took a bold step in reversing its two previous rulings on the same issue. It did not articulate a new doctrine. It simply affirmed the modernist foundations of the 1987 Constitution—specifically, the principle of separation of powers.
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.
November is observed as Values Month, especially in the Department of Education. And once again school officials, teachers, students as well as their parents participate in activities lined up to stress the importance of values in people’s lives.
By Conrado de Quiros
My first thought was that we had a pale replica of Janet Napoles in the United States in the person of Vilma Bautista, former personal secretary of Imelda Marcos. Bautista is the person who sold a Monet painting in London for $43 million, $7.5 million of which went to the gallery and more than $30 million of which went to her. Of her money, the 77-year-old Bautista gave $5.1 million to her nephews and P4.5 million to associates, and plunked down $2.2 million on an apartment in Manhattan.
By Denis Murphy
One good outcome from the pork barrel scandal—maybe the only good outcome—is that in the future no government official will be able to tell poor people: “We don’t have money for what you want.” We now know there is money, and it’s up to the citizens and perhaps especially the poor to seek what is justly due them.
Akbayan welcomes President Aquino’s attempt to elucidate in his recent public address some of the issues that have since surfaced because of the pork barrel scam. We also welcome his resolve to make accountable the pork barrel plunderers and apply the full weight of the law to all those who have robbed the people of their money. At a time when there are attempts to obfuscate the people’s antipork, anticorruption campaign in the minds of those who stand to lose much from it, we are glad the President has heeded the public’s call for clarity and transparency by making himself open to public engagement.
The Senate as an institution is now groaning under the weight of embarrassment caused by the pork barrel scandal.
By Cielito F. Habito
Can an institution widely known to be a hotbed of massive graft and corruption become an instrument for economic growth and development? Can an agency openly castigated as corrupt and incompetent by the President redeem itself in the public eye, and actually be seen as a do-gooder?