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1-year-old plunder case gathering dust

January 24, 2014 marks exactly a year since we filed a plunder case against the spouses Gov. Antonio H. Cerilles and Rep. Aurora E. Cerilles before the Ombudsman, a fitting response to President Aquino’s “daang matuwid.”   For this, we sacrificed our careers in government and the safety of our families. In retaliation, Governor Cerilles [...]

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Lingering corruption

President Aquino rose to power on a strong anticorruption platform. In his first State of the Nation address in 2010, he talked about the virtuous path (or “daang matuwid”) of governance that his administration would take, and the people were thrilled by the promise. Now, more than halfway past his six-year term, the perception of corruption remains high.

Posted: January 20th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



A couple of friends e-mailed me inviting me to help in a campaign to shame the corrupt. That was after the surveys that showed that despite government’s vaunted daang matuwid crusade, graft and corruption continued to riot in its ranks. That was at least how the public saw it, foremost of them the business community which said so in a Social Weather Stations survey of the top executives of 100 companies in the Philippines. Government itself having asked for help from the public to bolster its efforts to stop corruption, my friends said, they were responding in that wise:

Posted: January 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Take Two’


Jinggoy Estrada has taken to the stand again—metaphorically speaking of course, though one hopes that will soon be literal—to say his piece.

Posted: January 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

No other way out of present problems but righteous way

The year 2014 is one to look forward to with hope. The past year saw several heartrending events that made us realize we Filipinos will not be left alone in our problems, and that other countries, even of lesser wealth, are willing to come to our aid. And we ourselves, or the majority of Filipinos, are there for each other in times of great need.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Resign, the right move for crooked officials on Aquino’s ‘daang matuwid’

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.

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Pork scam devastates Aquino popularity


The Congressional pork barrel scandal has taken a devastating toll on the popularity of the “daang matuwid” administration of President Aquino.

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Will the looting never end?


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?

Posted: October 16th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Dealing with government: readers’ rants


It takes a strong, upright and trusted leader at the top to bring about the “daang matuwid” that President Aquino constantly professes.

Posted: October 14th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Worse than the pork barrel


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.

Posted: October 9th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The elusive straight path


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.

Posted: October 7th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

BI wasn’t on ‘daang matuwid’ during David’s time

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.

Posted: September 25th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »



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