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The way things are taking shape, Napolesgate, which began in the court of public opinion, will come home to roost in the courts of law. The Filipino fascination with law as almost a secular religion is perplexing, since the Supreme Court itself twice validated pork barrel in the past.
By Randy David
Something dangerous can happen to a society when people no longer trust their leaders because they perceive them to be no different from ordinary thieves except that they steal more and can buy respectability. If a nation cannot act resolutely to confront the problem and find a collective solution, the resulting demoralization and cynicism among its citizens could produce a climate conducive to crime. If lawmakers are perceived to be themselves lawbreakers, and the police are barely distinguishable from criminals, can we expect ordinary people to respect society’s norms?
This has reference to the leadership issue and legal standing of the Abakada-Guro Party List (Abakada for brevity), which was recently proclaimed by the Commission on Elections as one of the winning party-list groups in the May 2013 elections.
By Peter Wallace
I talked about the importance of leadership recently (Inquirer, 2/28/13) and how it determines the path of a country using the two Koreas as a dramatic example. Leadership is particularly important in a hierarchical society like the Philippines. On the larger scale, it can determine where a country goes, but it can also affect what happens in a particular sector, or a specific issue. And it can affect not only that sector or issue but a wider sphere through indirect impact.
In a retreat conducted a long, long time ago for an Ateneo graduating class, which I attended, the retreat master, Fr. James Reuter, SJ, planted in our minds the idea that there are two kinds of Ateneans—the real ones and the fake ones. The real ones are those who believe that “they are men for others” (Ateneo was not coed then). The fake ones are those who believe that “they are better than others.”
By Peter Wallace
Let me take last week’s column a bit further. We have a President who is changing society, or trying to. Political games he plays (successfully, I might add), but a trapo he is not. His “daang matuwid” has resonated in the public arena, and his honest lifestyle is setting an example for many to follow. Attacking corruption at the top is working, but it now has to be expanded. We all know who the corrupt are, so the President now has to widen his net and take them down, too.
By Rina Jimenez-David
He can’t wait to leave government service. Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras says that as soon as he turns over to President Aquino all remaining “deliverables,” before P-Noy’s term comes to an end in 2016, he hopes he will walk away from his post and return to the private sector. The only reason he joined [...]
By John Nery
In August 2010, I tried my hand at classifying the types of criticism directed at President Aquino, then a mere six weeks in office. In “‘Politico,’ ‘Inglisero,’ ‘hacendero,’” I identified three emerging patterns in the criticism.
President Aquino is about to complete his first three years in office (one-half of his term of office) by the end of May next year. However, I regret to say that up to the present he has not displayed enough guts to properly lead his people. On the contrary, he failed as a leader to show sincerity in most of his actuations.
By Kimberly M. Francia
Everyone is born blind—that is, oblivious to the world that doesn’t concern us. We who were born with a silver spoon in our mouth choose to see the world to which we are accustomed. In my local church there is a youth group of which I have been a member for almost five years. In this group are people from all walks of life and social classes which I had considered beneath me. They seemed so different from me in many ways: Most of them could not converse fluently in English; many came from public schools that I considered “jeje” or generally not worth my time.
By Edilberto C. de Jesus
Nothing like the sudden, dramatic death of a righteous man to provoke pangs of guilt among those who refused to render him his due. Some members of the Commission on Appointments and their constituents are now turning cartwheels to convince the public that they supported, all along, the confirmation of Jesse Robredo as interior and local government secretary. I do not believe Jesse was unduly bothered by the delay in his confirmation, nor would he be impressed by its posthumous award.
By Conrado de Quiros
Ma. Lourdes Sereno had a very interesting thing to say to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) when it was her turn to be interviewed last week. Appointing an “outsider” as chief justice, she said, was like appointing a civilian rather than a general to lead an army to war. The notion of appointing an outsider to patch up the fissures or rifts within the Supreme Court was a case of trying to solve a nonexistent problem. “What is there to heal? There is nothing to fix.