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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 Amando Doronila
The Congressional pork barrel scandal has taken a devastating toll on the popularity of the “daang matuwid” administration of President Aquino.
By Neal H. Cruz
It appears now that there is widespread looting in the government in spite of P-Noy’s anticorruption and “daang matuwid” stance. It is not only in Congress where vultures are feasting on the people’s money and corruption is rampant but also in the executive branch, the government-owned and -controlled corporations, and, in the unkindest cut of all, the judiciary. Like pigs, all three branches of government are wallowing in the same mud. What is happening? Is P-Noy losing control of his administration? Is this administration sincere about instituting reforms, curbing corruption, and cutting wasteful spending?
By Cielito F. Habito
It takes a strong, upright and trusted leader at the top to bring about the “daang matuwid” that President Aquino constantly professes.
By Randy David
The original pork barrel system we borrowed from the United States pertains to projects introduced into the appropriations bill by members of Congress. This practice is now frowned upon as a throwback to the era of patronage politics because, while the costs are borne by every taxpayer, such projects tend to benefit only local or special constituencies. As contradictory as this practice is to the principle of separation of powers, US lawmakers are never given any role in project implementation. That is where the line is drawn.
By Cielito F. Habito
Last week, a friend went to the city treasurer’s office in her home city to claim the tax declaration certificates for a house and lot she had recently bought.
I go along with Monica Andaya’s wish for new Bureau of Immigration (BI) head to stay on “daang matuwid” (Letters, 8/17/13). However, in the spirit of fair play, I would like to express a contrary opinion to her suggestion that BI was on “daang matuwid” during the time of Commissioner Ricardo David Jr.
The plan to increase Social Security System members’ contributions in order to bolster the agency’s viability and increase pensions brings to mind the millions of pesos in bonuses, fees and perks paid by Philex Mining Corp., Union Bank of the Philippines and other big corporate borrowers to SSS officials who sat on the borrowers’ boards of directors.
There’s a strong call for President Aquino to support the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, which appears to be stuck deep in a quagmire of hypocrisy in Congress. We cannot say what is going on in the head of the President as to why he openly and obstinately supported the reproductive health and sin tax bills, but when it comes to the FOI bill, which hews closest to his administration’s core agenda of “daang matuwid,” he cannot even express lukewarm support.
By Ermelo Dusaban Biron
When P-Noy assumed the presidency three years ago he pledged to his “boss,” the Filipino people, governance on a straight path. To his credit, he has vastly reduced graft and corruption in the government.
I read Jose Osias’ letter titled “Are we still on ‘daang matuwid’?” (Inquirer, 5/27/13) and felt very sorry for Allan Wu whose invention (that could cure diseases currently plaguing coconut trees) the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) shunted aside or ignored due, according to him, to some vested interest inside the PCA itself.
This is a true story. It highlights the incompetence and indifference of an ossified bureaucracy deeply mired in greed and tenure. It is a story involving the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA).