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Jinggoy et al as Pontius Pilate

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I realize that many Filipinos will readily volunteer a comparison they think more apt: Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla, Juan Ponce Enrile and others deeply implicated in the pork barrel scam are Judas. The defining act of the crimes they are charged with is the act of a traitor; that is, someone who betrayed the people’s expectations, the public’s trust.

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Arithmetic of sleaze

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Hemmed in by deadlines, we captioned that Inquirer column as “Perennial irony,” then hit the transmit key… Viewpoint on May 25, 2013, focused on “Naty”—a 53-year-old beggar who looked a haggard 80.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Their day in court

Almost nine months since the pork barrel scam hit the front pages, about seven months since the National Bureau of Investigation filed a complaint with the Office of the Ombudsman, and nearly five months after the Field Investigation Office filed its own complaint, the Ombudsman on Tuesday found probable cause “to indict Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr., Jose ‘Jinggoy’ Estrada, as well as Janet Lim-Napoles and a number of government employees and nongovernmental organization officers” on plunder and graft charges.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | 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 »

Postscript to shaming

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Miriam Santiago had an interesting piece of advice to graduates. They didn’t have to wait until they could vote, she said, to be able to remove the scammers from public office.

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

Does JPE really worry about his plunder case?

The man came out smelling like a rose when he presided over the Corona impeachment trial. His “guilty” vote and the adeptness on how he conducted the trial were some defining moments of his political life—earning him some laurels that added luster to his credentials.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth

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The first thing they ask you while your right hand rests on the Bible is: “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?” That is the test of a witness’ testimony. One or two do not suffice. All three must be there.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Mysterious ways

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Before Dennis Cunanan came out to implicate Juan Ponce Enrile in the Napoles scam, Cristina Ponce Enrile came out to defend him. He might be a womanizer, she said, but he is not a thief.

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Still all hype

New witness, new hype. Certainly not on the same level as “slam-dunk,” which was how Justice Secretary Leila de Lima characterized the testimony of confessed bagwoman Ruby Tuason. But De Lima’s appraisal of the merit of Technology Resource Center (TRC) head Dennis Cunanan’s turnaround from one of the pork-barrel accused to the latest state witness is as solid and categorical. Cunanan qualifies as a state witness, she said, because his account is “plausible and credible.”

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Is there a deal to cover up for Enrile?

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The Senate blue ribbon committee inquiry into the P10-billion pork barrel scam has developed into the most gripping political circus in the chamber since the impeachment trial of Renato Corona, the former chief justice.

Posted: February 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Post-Valentine, of sorts

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This country is home to sublime ironies, and none comes more sublime than the fall of Juan Ponce Enrile.

Posted: February 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Valentine memoirs

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A deluge of comments flooded in from Inquirer readers to the column “Eraser senator?” (Viewpoint, Feb. 11), which swirled around a suggestion that Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile—who turned 90 on Valentine’s Day—rewrite his two-year-old book.

Posted: February 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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