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Couple of things

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The first has to do with Mar Roxas. He’s been busy the last few days making his presence felt in Leyte and the other places devastated by “Yolanda.” Since his arrival in Leyte last Thursday, he has distributed P1 billion to the typhoon-stricken areas. That is not the end of it, he said. There’s more to come, the government having earmarked P4 billion for them under the Grassroots Participatory Budget Process, a new program.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

It won’t go away

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Edwin Lacierda does not want Al Vitangcol to go on leave and says Vitangcol has earlier done that to give way to an inquiry. Which is all very fine except for one thing: Vitangcol is the general manager of the Metro Rail System, and the one that conducted the inquiry where he went on leave was the Department of Transportation and Communications itself. Naturally, it found him innocent of the crime.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Tuloy Poe kayo’

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I had been telling friends I’d use that line in a column one of these days. I wouldn’t endorse a specific presidential candidate, I’d just set out “general principles” about the next president I want.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Push agenda, not personalities

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The presidential race, still more than two years away, is off to an early start. Aspirants are making their declarations, alliances are a-forming, the positioning of various personalities is getting tested.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Consistently silent’

It’s as clear as day: The campaign season has started. And Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago’s advice to voters makes profound sense: Don’t vote for those involved in the pork barrel controversy. But don’t stop there, she said. Shun as well those who have remained “consistently silent” in the face of staggering criminality in public office, those who refuse to take their colleagues to task for their corruption, those whose political considerations trump their sworn duty to root out and condemn venality in government.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Preparedness

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What made it shocking was not that it shocked people but that it did not. That is Tropical Depression “Agaton,” the first weather disturbance to hit the country this year, which has caused floods and landslides in various parts of Mindanao and which has now killed 41 people.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Looking for the alternative

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I promised myself I’d write this the day after New Year’s Day. That is the search for an alternative for 2016—an alternative, that is, to Mar Roxas and Jojo Binay.

Posted: January 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

After ‘Yolanda,’ doing media interviews instead of helping its survivors

President Aquino’s reaction to the “word war” between Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas over the poor and terrible government response to the worst devastation by a typhoon ever recorded was, “My conscience is clear.”

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Politics only in the talk

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Actions speak louder than words, the saying goes. Let us apply that in the Roxas-Romualdez brouhaha, where words have been the weapon of choice, aided by tears (one side), which helped to obfuscate the issues. The questions: Did the Aquino administration play favorites during “Yolanda”? Did the residents of Tacloban and Leyte suffer because the President is surnamed Aquino, and the political leaders of Leyte are Romualdezes? Was Mar Roxas used by President Aquino to do the dirty work?

Posted: December 20th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Get him out of there

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Frankly, I don’t know what Mar Roxas is doing in Tacloban. He isn’t helping, he is hindering. He is an abrasive, polarizing, divisive presence. He does not unite, he foments rifts. He does not inspire, he breeds enmity. Without him, Tacloban will be back on its feet in no time at all.

Posted: November 19th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Bottom of the barrel

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Frankly, I can’t understand Malacañang’s reticence about scrapping pork. A movement to that effect is being spearheaded by former Chief Justice Reynato Puno and is gaining popular support. They’re calling for a people’s initiative to enact a law to stop the pork barrel, arguing that the people cannot rely on Congress to do that, and that Congress will not “legislate against its own self-interest.”

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

About time

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At long last, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has been charged with plunder. Along with Nasser Pangandaman, Eduardo Ermita, and Rolando Andaya Jr., former Cabinet secretaries all. They are accused of diverting P900 million from the Malampaya Fund meant to relieve the plight of “Ondoy” victims into Janet Lim-Napoles’ NGOs.

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

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