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Osmeña’s ‘blame show’ skirted real issue

It was like watching a child in a tantrum with all the lights and camera on. The press conference held last March 13 revealed Sen. Sergio Osmeña III’s true colors.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Ombudsman to decide on PDAF cases shortly


Why is the Office of the Ombudsman (OOO) taking so long to act on the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) scam? Six months ago, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed its complaint for plunder, graft, bribery and malversation and unloaded its “truckload of evidence” against 38 respondents, including three senators. Yet up to now, the OOO has not indicted any of them in the Sandiganbayan. Why? many impatient readers ask.

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

Push agenda, not personalities


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 »

‘Advertised pols’ a sign of a backward nation

Recently, I went around a certain village on a bike and I noticed that a street which had needed repair for years was finally paved smooth with a new layer of asphalt. As is typical in a political slice of Philippine life, I saw this ubiquitous tarpaulin proclaiming that the paving of this street was the project of the mayor of the place and the councilor of the district.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Banal’s rehashed accusations a bid to divert attention from Villafuerte

In his March 3 column, Conrado Banal III put my client, former deputy speaker Arnulfo Fuentebella, as well as the Partido District of Camarines Sur, in a very unflattering light by rehashing the already discredited accusations being peddled to media by former Camarines Sur governor Luis “LRay” Villafuerte.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Chiz marrying Heart before 2016 polls


Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, former senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., and former elections commissioner Augusto Lagman talked politics, graft and corruption, and the 2016 polls at the Kapihan sa Manila at the Diamond Hotel last Monday. But the tidbit that perked the ears of the people in the audience was the admission by Chiz that he will marry actress Heart Evangelista before the elections are held. It will be a private family ceremony, he joked, because he is afraid someone in the crowd may shout, “Stop the wedding!”

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Presidentiables’ worrisome

Senators Bongbong Marcos, Jinggoy Estrada, and Bong Revilla have been in the news lately, especially the last two, for various reasons, among them, their reported involvement in the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) scam. Still they are being bandied about as “presidentiables.” And in a few occasions, they did seem to be hinting about their presidential aspirations.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Dark horses


Ronnie Zamora has an interesting thing to say about the electoral situation today. Only Jojo Binay and Mar Roxas are the serious presidential bets, the others are not. Including Alan Peter Cayetano whom he appears to be backing.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Inspiration and regret

There are inspiring reasons why Filipino women should salute themselves in marking International Women’s Day today.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Marked by ashes


“Death plucks my ears and says: ‘Live—I am coming,’” wrote Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. He was 90 then. Sen. Juan Ponce

Posted: March 4th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The future of democracy


It has become fashionable to pronounce the return of Philippine democracy through the 1986 people power uprising a failure—on two counts. One, because it has made no dent on the economic condition of the poor. And two, because it has not been able to dismantle the rule of political dynasties.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The time is now

The good news: The antidynasty bill pending in the House of Representatives has hurdled the committee level—the first time for such a development. To understand why it can qualify as a minor miracle, consider that as much as 70 percent of the members of the current Congress are products of political dynasties. The antidynasty provision present in the Constitution since 1986 has not been fleshed out all this time, simply because legislators will not commit self-immolation by enacting a law that would gut their families’ reliable power base.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



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