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Unfair game

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As impunity goes, the murder of Rubylita Garcia ranks way up there. Garcia was a 52-year-old reporter who had worked for Remate for more than 20 years.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Her womb and other Lenten thoughts

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Former President Joseph Estrada, accused of plunder, had a problem with his knees and he was allowed to fly to Hong Kong for surgery.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Philippine media a reflection of society

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines is concerned about the allegations of media corruption reported by the Inquirer, specifically how pork barrel funds were
supposedly funneled through the National Agribusiness Corp.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Push agenda, not personalities

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The presidential race, still more than two years away, is off to an early start. Aspirants are making their declarations, alliances are a-forming, the positioning of various personalities is getting tested.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What really matters?

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It may be that news is important, but seldom so. It is voluminous, for sure, what with tri-media becoming a business more than a service. It used to be that media outlets would seek profits from entertainment and subsidized news programs. Not anymore, though, as news sell nowadays, and sensationalized news the most saleable.

Posted: March 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

‘Consistently silent’

It’s as clear as day: The campaign season has started. And Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago’s advice to voters makes profound sense: Don’t vote for those involved in the pork barrel controversy. But don’t stop there, she said. Shun as well those who have remained “consistently silent” in the face of staggering criminality in public office, those who refuse to take their colleagues to task for their corruption, those whose political considerations trump their sworn duty to root out and condemn venality in government.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Ombudsman’s failing

We have read in newspapers and seen on TV a number of government officials who, when accused of a crime before the Office of the Ombudsman, or facing administrative cases, brush off the charges against them as “politically motivated,” “political harassment” or “political persecution.”

Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

What non-NCR managers say about corruption

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This week, SWS had gigs in Cagayan de Oro City (CDO) and Davao City, as part of the roadshow of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) for regional competitiveness, by sharing the SWS Survey of Enterprises on Corruption directly with people from government, business and academia in seven sample areas. Earlier gigs were in the cities of Makati (for the National Capital Region or NCR) and Tagaytay (for Cavite-Laguna-Batangas or CLB). The CDO presentation showed data combined with Iligan City (abbreviated CDO-I). The roadshow goes next to the cities of Cebu, Iloilo and Angeles.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Pilate-an’ statement from university heads

This is in reaction to the article titled, “Top schools call for united front vs corruption” (News, 2/14/14). The four presidents of the so-called top schools (by what standards?) said: “As institutions of higher learning, we send word to our nation that we shall keep vigil until the truth is told and we at last are free.” I call this statement

Posted: February 28th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The anatomy of corruption

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Some years from now, when students of politics and governance begin to publish scholarly papers on the structure of official corruption in our country, the Janet Lim-Napoles scam could emerge as the most crucial episode in the nation’s struggle to modernize its political system. We might then realize that the effort we exert today to expose, document, and successfully prosecute those behind this scam has made all the difference in our political life.

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Remembering and recording corruption

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If I were a whistle-blower testifying in court or a Senate hearing on what I know, critics may dismiss me as not credible. Why? Because I present too many details and my testimony sounds too rehearsed and contrived. People normally do not remember too many details about the past, the insignificant stuff especially, that, if I may argue, can in fact add credence to my testimony.

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Remember the plunder

The Inquirer’s series on the Edsa People Power revolution, whose 28th anniversary we mark today, helps deepen our understanding of those four
pivotal days in history.

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

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