Was it so long ago that we seem to have forgotten the “Hello Garci” scandal that occurred in 2004? Or have we been so snowed under by the pork barrel scam that hardly a peep is heard regarding the man who got away, the man who must feel like the luckiest in the world?
President Aquino’s reply to an American reporter, during his joint press conference with US President Barack Obama, clearly illustrated how much our illustrious leader really cares about media murders and extrajudicial killings in general—zilch.
Since Day 1, President Aquino has portrayed his administration as the opposite of that of his predecessor. His “daang matuwid” brand of governance, he has intoned time and again, is aimed at bringing decency, integrity and the rule of law back into public office, after the widespread corruption and venality that marked the nine-year administration of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
The World Bank says the Philippines is poised to remain the fastest-growing economy in Southeast Asia this year, as President Aquino’s administration ramps up infrastructure and reconstruction spending to beat the clock in the last two years of his term.
By Artemio V. Panganiban
Unknown to many, the Supreme Court issued “motu proprio” (on its own volition) a resolution, dated Dec. 10, 2013 (a copy of which I got a few days ago), instituting five new measures or guidelines to speed up the Maguindanao massacre trial.