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By Juan L. Mercado
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.
By Conrado de Quiros
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.
By Neal H. Cruz
Actually, President Aquino can, by his lonesome, abolish the pork barrel—if he wants to. A people’s initiative to outlaw pork or amending the Constitution so it will outlaw pork are good moves to finally free us from the shackles of government corruption. But they are long, complicated procedures that politicians can delay or even block. And, as the Inquirer editorial pointed out, a law today banning pork can be repealed by a shameless and corrupt Congress next year.
We share the outrage of most Filipinos over the P10-billion pork barrel scandal and all other abuses of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), the Malampaya Fund, funds released through the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and other government funds.
By Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas S. J.
It is not as if we did not have the right to be informed unless the current bill on the subject is passed. The right is already guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. The question that should be asked is what the Freedom of Information bill hopes to add. Let me first discuss what we [...]
By Amando Doronila
Karl Marx said, “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as a farce.”
By Toby C. Monsod
The untranslatable kahindik-hindik is how Commission on Audit (COA) Chair Grace Pulido-Tan described it (roughly put: causing such distress as to make one gasp for breath).
By Neal H. Cruz
It has turned out that not only members of Congress and the incumbent president have pork barrel funds but also Cabinet members. At least one congressman, Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali of the Liberal Party (LP), has admitted that he got P10 million from the pork of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and allocated it to a bogus nongovernment organization (NGO) owned by pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles.
By Amando Doronila
The call for another Million People March (MPM) to protest the abuse of the congressional pork barrel fund was shut down before it could take off.
By Denis Murphy
Most people I talked with appreciated Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle’s impassioned critique of the pork barrel scam and his low-key presence at the Aug. 26 Luneta rally. His actions raise once again the question of how the Catholic Church should address the problems facing people in society today, especially the problems of social justice.
By Rina Jimenez-David
You’d think, given the number of laws, rules, procedures, watchdog bodies and courts set up to curb graft and corruption, that we would have long said “bye-bye-bye” to small- and large-scale thievery of public funds by now.
By Carlito F. Virina
The country has been reeling from a barrage of sordid tales of how the pork barrel scam was carried out. The unfolding details reveal a massive web of corruption that has scandalized even those who thought they have heard everything.