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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 »

‘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 »

Miriam mistaken on witness program

We were watching on TV the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on the “pork barrel scam” last Feb. 13. As always, we were amused by the “lecture” delivered by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who loves to say the phrase “as a former trial judge.” (That must have been her “most defining moment,” but seriously we have heard nothing inspiring about her during that time in her life.)

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Valuing senators

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Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago estimates that senators legally get P1.4 million a month in compensation and allowances. What do we get? Lately, allegations that some senators get much, much more in criminal pork barrel scams and serious questions about the integrity of the institution.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Santiago clarifies stance on PDAF realignment

This is to clarify some details in the news item titled “9 senators realign P1.8-billion pork” by TJ Burgonio and Gil Cabacungan (Front Page, 1/9/14).

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Senator Santiago’s temper worse than ‘Yolanda’ fury

The exchange of barbs between Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and Sen. Miriam Santiago on the Senate floor is pathetic. Kulang na lang magsabunutan! Both of them deserve to be pilloried for such unparliamentary conduct.

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Better weird than never

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I had thought of writing about it earlier, but it got waylaid by far more important things. “It” is the minor version of Pacquiao vs. Rios, which is the match between Juan Ponce Enrile and Miriam Defensor-Santiago. What waylaid it was the passing of Nelson Mandela, which put everything on hold, as it should. It’s not just that some things are more important than others, it’s that this was a case of choosing between the sublime and the paralytic. I chose the sublime.

Posted: December 11th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Small stuff

Sweat the small stuff seems to be the mantra of certain senators in the wake of the prime-time spitting match between their colleagues Juan Ponce Enrile and Miriam Defensor-Santiago. Short of burying their heads in the sand, these senators could only purse their lips primly and appear unperturbed for the cameras as the two threw parliamentary behavior out the window and engaged each other in language that would make even the proverbial sailor blush.

Posted: December 6th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The bully in Miriam Santiago

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I write out of a sense of duty—knowing not only that “politics” is the last thing people want to read about these days but also that other subjects (discussed fortunately in other columns or in the news pages) are, truly, matters of life or death.

Posted: November 11th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

DAP scheme under fire amid clamor for abolition

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In a privilege speech on Sept. 25, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada startled the public with the revelation that the Aquino administration released P1.107 billion in additional pork barrel to 20 senators in October last year after the Senate voted to convict then Chief Justice Renato Corona in May 2012, as a payoff for their vote.

Posted: October 7th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Sexy revenge

The roiling controversy over President Aquino’s Disbursement Acceleration Program is exactly what Sen. Jinggoy Estrada intended when he took to the Senate floor last week to defend himself against charges that he had benefited from the so-called pork barrel scam. He did not name the DAP; he likely did not know the details behind what he called an after-the-fact “incentive” of P50 million “allotted” to each senator who voted for the conviction of Chief Justice Renato Corona. But what he said was enough to start a shift in the public discussion over pork.

Posted: October 2nd, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Pag walang bulag…’

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There were two sets of stories this week that, taken side by side, told yet another story.

Posted: August 7th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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