By Neal H. Cruz
There are two allegedly overpriced buildings being investigated by the Senate. The first is the Makati parking building, which was started when Vice President Jejomar Binay was mayor of the city and completed by his son, the incumbent mayor, Junjun Binay. The other is the still unfinished Iloilo Convention Center intended for the Apec ministerial meetings next year and sponsored by Senate President Franklin Drilon.
This refers to the commentary titled “Eyesores in the Philippine Senate” (Opinion, 11/5/14).
By Joseph Jadway D. Marasigan
My training in sociology has allowed me to see individuals and situations from the vantage point of a subdiscipline that examines the language, ways and appearances of people, especially those who nurse public images. Reading the Inquirer every day, I cannot help but turn my attention to the everyday scenarios and personalities being reported. I think the cases of Senators Nancy Binay, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla are worth examining.
I am not a politician but I do believe that politicians are a basic foundation of democratic institutions. Without the politicians, government tends to become autocratic. In an autocratic form of government, the citizens are mere subjects, not the “bosses” that President Aquino has publicly dubbed them. In a democratic government like we have today, the citizens regardless of status are guaranteed by the Constitution equal treatment before the law. However, too much politics undermines good governance, such that political dynasties rise, thus destroying democratic principles.
In the book “People of the Lie,” noted psychiatrist and author Dr. Scott Peck mentioned some characteristics of evil people: