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Prosecution and Litigation Office long overdue

COA (Commission on Audit) Resolution No. 2014-009 delivered, on Feb. 14, 2014, a Valentine’s Day gift for honest public officials and employees: It created the Prosecution and Litigation Office (PLO), which was long overdue. The PLO should have been made flesh in the early 1990s, when graft and corruption was endemic and the prevailing pastime of government officials, such that no one bothered to report nefarious activities.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Moral progress and the pork barrel

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We welcome the Ombudsman’s decision to file plunder and graft and corruption charges against Senators Enrile, Estrada and Revilla and several others who have been implicated in the P10-billion pork barrel scam. But, knowing how our legal system works, we would be naive to think that the trial may now smoothly proceed.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Some unfinished business in Corona trial

The so-called political harassment of former chief justice Renato Corona is once again gaining currency with the Inquirer headlining allegations that the Malampaya funds were given out by Malacañang to senators to make sure the impeachment trial would result in a conviction.

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” That quote, attributed to Martin Luther King, comes to mind at the news that in Sarangani, two incumbent provincial board members and seven former officials of the province have been sentenced to life terms by the Sandiganbayan for the theft of the Countrywide Development Fund, or what the pork barrel was then called.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Deceitful, treacherous lump sums at P-Noy’s disposal

We welcomed the Supreme Court decision declaring the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) unconstitutional. It raised our spirits high. It affirmed our assertion that a multibillion-peso fund that legislators are allowed to dispense with at their discretion breeds corruption and patronage politics, among others. We continue to keep close watch if such fund, now diverted to government agencies, is still under the control of legislators (mostly under the calamity fund).

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

Happy new things

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Last year brought some pretty weighty changes in the national mindset.   First was a new vigilance—against pork in particular and corruption in general. The Inquirer’s exposé about Janet Napoles and the P10-billion scam she wrought with legislators, one that entailed the utter waste of people’s money while the people themselves groveled in want, sparked [...]

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Holiday reflections

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Last week I discussed the negatives that happened in 2013 and during the early years of the Aquino administration, negatives that can be corrected for the remainder of President Aquino’s term—if the recognition that they exist is there.

Posted: December 25th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Equality in government bonuses

Collecting a performance bonus worth millions of pesos is thievery in broad daylight when done by public officials. President Aquino said he authorized the payment of performance bonuses to government officials and employees because of their efficient performance.

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

Just asking

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“What happens when the relief runs out?”

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Technology pitfalls in government

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I’ve written before of how we Filipinos have become masters at making things more difficult for ourselves than need be.

Posted: December 23rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Carton crib

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Ang Pasko ay sumapit, mall megaphones blare. Wait. Isn’t that the pirated version of the winning carol at the 1933 Christmas contest in Cebu? Christmas is still 43 days away. Most homes haven’t dusted off star lanterns or Nativity belen.

Posted: November 2nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

In and out

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P-Noy’s explanation was that it was Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s fault, which the public naturally scoffed at. His argument was that the public was incensed about the P10-billion Janet Napoles scam it drove them to the streets. Which was his predecessor’s doing. Napoles wreaked her harm under Gloria’s tolerant, even appreciative, gaze. His government merely got sideswiped by the furor that arose over it.

Posted: October 20th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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