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By Neal H. Cruz
Last Monday, the first day of the expanded truck ban in Manila and the strike by protesting truckers, Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada came ready: He was dressed in a camouflage uniform. On the first day of the bus ban, he also came in combat fatigues. Asked by journalists at the Kapihan sa Manila at the Diamond Hotel why he was in combat uniform, Erap answered, “I have been challenged by the truckers.”
By John Nery
The idea that most Filipinos are deeply disillusioned with the People Power revolution is merely conventional, and needs to be empirically tested; I think the reality is somewhere between benign ignorance (many see Edsa 1986 only as an event in history, the occasion for a school holiday) and active acceptance (some continue to see it as a source of genuine change).
By Randy David
It has been almost six months since the first cases of plunder and graft involving lawmakers’ pork barrel were filed at the Office of the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman has to carefully evaluate these charges before endorsing them to the Sandiganbayan for trial or dismissing them outright for insufficiency of evidence. The one thing the Ombudsman cannot do is bury them among its files in the expectation that the public will soon forget about them. No, despite “Yolanda” and Vhong Navarro, the issue remains very much alive in the public consciousness.
By Randy David
In previous columns, I have argued that Thailand’s attempts to grapple with the complex problem of legitimacy since 2001 illuminate for us the roots of the crisis that rocked our society during the presidencies of Joseph Ejercito “Erap” Estrada and of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA). They prod us to reflect on the exigencies of our [...]
By Walden Bello
There are occasional references to the Edsa Uprising, with one speaker saying, “The Filipinos did it in nine days. We can do it, too.” The event to which he was comparing the Bangkok mass protests was the original Edsa Revolution that toppled Marcos in 1986, not to the more appropriate middle-class rebellion that removed Joseph Estrada from the presidency in 2002.
By John Nery
Actor and occasional politician Phillip Salvador was among the first friends who showed up at the Senate yesterday to show their support for Sen. Bong Revilla. I caught reporter Christina Mendez’s tweet soon after he arrived, which quoted him as saying in Filipino: “In a situation like this, your friend needs to see you, [to know] that your support is there and will never change.”
By Conrado de Quiros
Ferdie Topacio is busy earning his keep. He came out recently blasting the government for persecuting the person who is buttering his bread.
By Neal H. Cruz
What was the subject of the conversation when Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada visited Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in December?
The meeting between Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada and former president Gloria Arroyo (Metro, 12/22/13) was totally unexpected but it was fraught with political undertones and colors.
This is a rejoinder to the letter of a certain George Jimenez (Opinion, 1/1/14). The visit of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last Dec. 22 was a pure gesture of Christian compassion. There was no other motive or consideration. The visit was planned a year ago but was delayed by certain [...]
Reader George Jimenez criticized former President Erap Estrada for visiting former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in her hospital prison in a public act of forgiveness (Opinion, 1/1/14). May I remind him of the following: The facts: As Erap himself recalled, he spent much of his detention at his Tanay rest house. Arroyo allowed him to leave [...]
The capacity of Mayor (former President) Joseph Estrada for forgiveness is quite remarkable. I can’t imagine any other politician in his right mind who could extend a forgiving hand, and personally visit the person who ousted him from power, had him jailed and convicted, and even cheated his best friend out of a rightful presidency. [...]