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Pols needed, but political dynasties ruin democracy

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.

Posted: October 15th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Applying Scott Peck’s ‘People of the Lie’ to the Binays

In the book “People of the Lie,” noted psychiatrist and author Dr. Scott Peck mentioned some characteristics of evil people:

Posted: October 9th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Tale of 2 UP public ad students at loggerheads

Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV and Sen. Nancy Binay both passed the halls of the University of the Philippines’ National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG), in a manner of speaking.

Posted: October 3rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Without Grace and Nancy, hearing would have been a charade

Methinks we can all agree that it was no less than the legislative department’s constitutional mandate over the budget—otherwise called the “power of the purse”—that was very clearly violated and usurped by the executive department through the much ballyhooed Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). “But senators fail to ask hard questions at hearing,” (Front Page, 7/25/14) […]

Posted: August 20th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Dasma incident: arrogance of power

This is in reaction to the news report titled “3 Dasma guards who stopped Binay convoy held, freed” (Front Page, 12/19/13).

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

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