A Binay-Roxas tandem? Well, stranger things have happened. Mar Roxas, in any case, has shot down the idea, saying in so many words that a coalition between his Liberal Party and the United Nationalist Alliance of Vice President Jejomar Binay would be a betrayal of the good-government reforms President Aquino has instituted. “We have to choose someone who beyond doubt will continue [Mr. Aquino’s] program and clean governance,” he intoned, in effect saying: Binay, with his panoply of graft cases and newfound affluence ever since becoming chief executive of Makati City, doesn’t cut it.
By Conrado de Quiros
A friend of mine put it this way in a text message. “By being jailed, Juan Ponce Enrile finally lived up to his campaign promise—‘Basta ang gusto ko, hapi ka.’”
By Amando Doronila
In a rare occurrence in the Senate’s history, a senator was arrested last week on corruption charges.
If we are to believe the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Philippines has the highest unemployment rate among the Asean members. President Aquino’s only response to this is to boast about the reforms and initiatives that his administration has achieved for the Philippine labor sector.
Our cousin, now a Canadian citizen, entrusted to my older brother the administration of his property in Manila. It is a vacant lot. Because of the obscene increase in the amount of real estate taxes imposed by the stooges of Mayor Joseph Estrada, he now desperately has to have it leased to raise funds. Little did he realize, just recently, how arduous it would be to obtain permits from the government agencies concerned.