By Neal H. Cruz
Vice President Jojo Binay is in denial. He told reporters that he is still the candidate of Manila Mayor and former president Joseph “Erap” Estrada. But that is only if his opponent in the 2016 presidential race will not be Sen. Grace Poe. Wait until Grace runs against him; Erap will dump him like a dirty rag and support the daughter of his best friend, fellow actor and kumpadre Fernando Poe Jr.
By Randy David
Following the Department of Justice’s raid of the detention quarters of the New Bilibid Prison’s very important prisoners last Monday, President Aquino expressed great alarm over the discovery of firearms in the possession of these dangerous detainees.
Retired commissioner Bartolome C. Fernandez Jr., a legal eagle in his own right and one of the best minds that ever walked the corridors of the Commission on Audit (COA), is pointblank correct in saying that, “Legislative inquiry is but a fact-finding exercise” (Opinion, 11/22/14).
By Dean dela Paz
Corruption and the governance over which Mr. Aquino has so far presided apparently ride in tandem.
It perhaps should not have come as a surprise that the instinctive reaction of Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima to the preventive suspension order issued by the Ombudsman was to try to avoid heeding it. The country’s top policeman has built a reputation for seeing nothing wrong with questionable transactions that prove advantageous to him, but questioning the propriety of or ignoring government actions meant to call him to account.