By Edilberto C. de Jesus
Inclusive growth is the mantra of the moment, echoed by a chorus of development experts and social activists and even by some politicians. We remain some distance away from this cherished goal. But if Makati whistle-blowers are to be believed, the country’s richest and most developed city is apparently achieving inclusive corruption.
It has been said that in the Philippines, every single law, regulation, directive or ordinance presents an opportunity for someone somewhere to make money, directly or indirectly, legally or otherwise. This observation has made itself painfully felt in real world, specifically in the Port of Manila, the main transshipment point of goods to and from this country.
Amid the controversies, left and right, regarding several public officials’ alleged unexplained wealth, we in Akbayan Partylist call on the House of Representatives to urgently pass the freedom of information (FOI) bill.
By Solita Collas-Monsod
The information we’ve been getting from the Senate hearings on the corruption in Makati and the apparent unexplained wealth of Vice President and ex-Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay is mesmerizing. So I will continue to analyze and comment on it for the duration of the hearings.
By Juan L. Mercado
Listen beyond Vice President Jejomar Binay’s flustered stutters whenever a sensitive question is lobbed.