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Enjoy the sunset


Retirement means different things to different people. To some, it means enjoying the free time on their hands to do the things they could not do when they were tied to a regular job, and to others, it means boredom because they have too much time and lesser work to keep them occupied.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Why the Charter should not be amended


The reply of the Supreme Court to my Feb. 24 column on a 26-year-old homicide case was published here last Monday, with no comment as requested by Theodore Te, court administrator and public information chief. Still, I cannot help but be curious about why eight Court of Appeals justices inhibited themselves from the case one after another. The eight brave and honorable justices did not say why.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The time is now

The good news: The antidynasty bill pending in the House of Representatives has hurdled the committee level—the first time for such a development. To understand why it can qualify as a minor miracle, consider that as much as 70 percent of the members of the current Congress are products of political dynasties. The antidynasty provision present in the Constitution since 1986 has not been fleshed out all this time, simply because legislators will not commit self-immolation by enacting a law that would gut their families’ reliable power base.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

House warring against Supreme Court? (2)


• The guarantee of judicial fiscal autonomy in the Constitution is explicit.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Prioritize health in post-‘Yolanda’ restoration

Five years ago the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) realized the need to increase the national budget for health. As one of the resource persons in the hearing in the House of Representatives at that time, I pleaded that the budget for the Department of Health be supplemented to meet the demands of healthcare.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

From the House to the Senate

Urban poor leaders advocating amendments to the 1992 Urban Development and Housing Act (UDHA) visited the House of Representatives and Senate early December to hand over copies of a letter to certain legislators. In that letter, they thanked the lawmakers for legislation that favored the poor and asked for their continued support for the poor. They also sought their help to get the UDHA amended. The group believes that the proposed amendments to the UDHA will address and solve many present-day housing issues, including eviction.

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The limits of people power


The Second Million People March (MPM) to protest the abuse of the pork barrel, this time held in Makati City on Oct. 4, turned out to be a pathetic parody of the 1986 People Power Revolution that toppled Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship.

Posted: October 9th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Walk the talk

It’s true that the Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly that pork barrel funds are constitutional—at least thrice since 1994, in fact.

Posted: September 6th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The defense of pork barrel in 2008


Shortly after he became Speaker of the House of Representatives in February 2008—his predecessor Joe de Venecia having been removed on orders of then President Gloria Arroyo over the NBN-ZTE scandal—Prospero Nograles, together with Edcel Lagman (who was chair of the House Committee on Appropriations), released a coauthored paper titled “Understanding the Pork Barrel.” It should have been called “In Defense of the Pork Barrel,” because that is exactly what they did.

Posted: August 30th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Quaking in Florsheim shoes


Mid-July, Benhur Luy blew the whistle on the P10 billion cornered by Janet Lim-Napoles through 20 bogus nongovernment organizations. Senators Ramon Revilla Jr., Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Gregorio Honasan, plus 23 congressmen, delivered the shekels, he claimed.

Posted: August 30th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Charitable with others’ dough

It’s nice that even in the absence of the right to reply, the Inquirer gave sufficient space to Deputy Speaker Giorgidi Aggabao for him to respond to the Aug. 19 report titled “Why Congress won’t act on call for probe.” The facts as stated by Representative Aggabao in his Aug. 27 letter may be all true. However, the Constitution did not establish Congress as or to be an eleemosynary institution.

Posted: August 30th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

What was the intent of the House ad?

I cannot put my finger on what the advertisement of the House of Representatives, 15th Congress, was all about (Page A4, 7/21/13). If the House leaders were thinking to impress on people’s minds that the House in the 15th Congress was really for good governance even as the JLN scandal was written all over it, I’d tell them, think again! On the other hand, if they were thinking to suppress the stink of the JLN scandal, I’d say good luck.

Posted: August 9th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »



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