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By Conrado de Quiros
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.
By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
Former President Joseph Estrada, accused of plunder, had a problem with his knees and he was allowed to fly to Hong Kong for surgery.
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.
By Danilo S. Venida
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.
By Jose Ma. Montelibano
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.
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.
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.”
By Mahar Mangahas
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.
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
By Randy David
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.
By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
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.
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.