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By Amando Doronila
Over the past few weeks, key social reform programs designed to redistribute the nation’s wealth more broadly have stalled as the Aquino administration stonewalled against public demands for their accelerated implementation.
To those who ask what will define the Aquino presidency, today is a defining moment!” That was President Aquino’s spokesperson Edwin Lacierda exulting on Twitter last Sunday, minutes after the negotiating panels of the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed the fourth and last annex of a proposed peace deal that would pave the way for the cessation of hostilities in Mindanao.
By Conrado de Quiros
The signing won much praise from global leaders, as well it should. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon lauded President Aquino and Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Murad Ebrahim for their “vision and leadership” and the peace panels for their “perseverance, commitment and courage.”
“Riding in tandem” has become a media catchphrase to signify driving a motorcycle with a pillion rider who executes snatching, shooting or various other criminal swipes. The ease with which the driver can weave through any traffic gridlock to get away with the crime has made it the preferred modus operandi. As a standard measure to ensure anonymity and impunity, criminals use stolen motorcycles or spurious plates.
By Patrick Patino
The year 2013 was a litmus test for the Aquino administration and the nation.
Salinlahi, A national alliance of 24 children’s welfare organizations, expresses grave concern over recent news reports about the victimization of Filipino children in prostitution and cyberpornography.
The refusal of the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army (CPP/NPA) to resume the peace talks with the government may only be a bluff. In the past, they expressed their willingness to do so, but on condition that CPP members who were also peace consultants be released, even those with criminal cases pending in [...]
The year 2013 has just ended and we’re barely into the new year. It’s the perfect time to look back at our victories and successes, but it’s also an opportune time to think about the steps we’d like to take moving forward. That’s why the new year is the time when people start making resolutions [...]
With the year 2014 fresh upon us, I wish new and better things for our country. I have 14 prayerful wishes, namely: 1. For President Aquino to act and speak more like a president; 2. For the Cabinet secretaries to work in synergy with each other; 3. For the senators and congressmen to focus more [...]
Bracing news to usher in 2014: Something positive is happening to the Aquino administration’s flagship public-private partnership (PPP) program, which had been roundly panned for failing to take off. (Some have even begun to refer to PPP as “PowerPoint presentation”—a term to twit the administration for supposedly failing to go beyond presenting projects to prospective [...]
We are confronted by three calamities: typhoons, earthquakes and the Philippine government. We are run by a government of political dynasties established by superrich families who seem not to know the real problems of this country. We are now a country earning P135 billion a year from our oil and gas fields, with enormous revenues [...]
By Romeo D. Bohol
I hope Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson does not take his designation literally. God knows it’s not just rehabilitation that Eastern Visayas needs.