By Jose Ma. Montelibano
There are so many things to write about, and maybe even more things not to write about. Writing an opinion is not about reporting the news, it is about reporting one’s view. An opinion write can be very selective about what to give an opinion of, largely based on what experience and expertise he or she may have. News reporting is quite demanding in variety, objectivity, and deadlines.
Corrupt public servants “ply their trade” at the expense of Filipino taxpayers who pay their salaries. Hence, the last sentence of their oath of office—“So help me God”—must be replaced with “To God be the glory” so that God will not appear as their accomplice.—T. B. ABAYAN, MNSA, firstname.lastname@example.org
By Rina Jimenez-David
“This is not an ordinary case,” Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Efren dela Cruz said in reference to the plea for bail filed by Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and companions at the antigraft court.
“Pinalamon ko po sa kamay ko yan!” was Vice President Jejomar Binay’s dehumanizing description of his “sworn brother” and former vice mayor Ernesto Mercado. “Lamon” means pig-out. “I pig-fed him from my hand” is an ululation of a very rich powerful man, not a champion of the poor.
Politicos and public officials know only too well that there are no permanent friends, only permanent interests.