By Walden Bello
The evidence from Thomas Piketty, the United Nations, and other sources is quite conclusive: Current rates of global inequality are simply unprecedented.
By Neal H. Cruz
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada was at the Tap Room of the Manila Hotel last Dec. 11 to listen to Margaux Salcedo sing. I was seated beside him and we talked politics. I said the survey ratings of his friend Vice President Jojo Binay are plunging while those of Sen. Grace Poe, another friend, are […]
This refers to the article titled “Palace asked to suspend Southern Leyte governor,” (News, 11/28/14).
The Office of the President and the provincial prosecutor of Southern Leyte are expected to junk outright the administrative and criminal complaints filed by a certain Winsor Calamba against me and some police and environment officials because these charges constitute out-and-out malicious and sham prosecution, in the nature of a “strategic lawsuit against public participation” as defined under Section 1, Rule 6 of the Rules of Procedure of Environmental Cases (Supreme Court AM No. 09-6-8). The complaints are meant to harass, vex and exert undue pressure and/or stifle the legal recourse I have taken against the complainants in enforcing environmental laws, rules and regulations as well as in protecting the environment and in asserting the rights of the province under Section 16 of the Local Government Code of 1991 (Republic Act No. 7160). “As a body politic endowed with government functions, a local government unit has the duty to ensure the quality of the environment” (Republic vs City of Davao, GR No. 148622, Sept. 12, 2002, 388 SCRA 691).
By Mahar Mangahas
Partisan watchers of the governance game do so much booing or cheering that they risk believing their own noise. Fortunately, however, the citizens at large—the “bosses” or ultimate judges, in a democratic society—have the sense to pay more heed to what the players are actually doing on the court, than to what the diehards are screaming from the sidelines.
By Randy David
Having written a few columns on politics, I am often asked to comment on the probable course of political developments in our country in view of the 2016 presidential election.