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‘Law of the stomach’ as tradition

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“It is honored by tradition,” Sen. Edgardo Angara stressed. He meant Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile’s “Christmas cash gifts” of P1.6 million each to 18 “friendly” senators, including Angara. At year’s end, Enrile ladled “maintenance and other operating expenses” (MOOE) savings. Why did it ignite today’s brawl?

Posted: January 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Now in a child’s dream

I’ve always been an avid reader of Public Lives. I like the way Randy David’s opinions are presented. He usually supports them with facts and unquestionable pieces of evidence.

Posted: January 18th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Enrile plays god—with people’s money

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Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile played god last Christmas—with the people’s money. He distributed cash gifts, totaling P30 million, to senators and Senate employees, taken from public funds.   Signing checks on his Senate podium like a  paternalistic landlord, Enrile was heard saying, “Gusto  ko, happy  kayo.” He gifted a total of 22 senators: 18, [...]

Posted: January 10th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A bribe by any other name is still a bribe

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“What’s in a name?” Juliet asked Romeo in Shakespeare’s play. “That which we call a rose by any other name will smell as sweet.” True. Hence, a bribe by any other name still stinks. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile calls the P1.6 million (or a total of more than P30 million of the people’s money) [...]

Posted: January 10th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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