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How the layman understands the DAP issue

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President Aquino’s televised speech defending the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and attacking the Supreme Court for declaring it unconstitutional was bombastic, showed arrogance, and was even threatening.

Posted: July 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Are we facing a constitutional crisis?

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Anxious talk over a looming constitutional crisis instantly filled the air the other night after President Aquino announced on national TV that he did not agree with the Supreme Court’s decision nullifying key elements of his administration’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Only 180 days for plunder trials

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How long will the trial of the pork barrel plunder cases last? Answer: The Supreme Court directed trial courts “to terminate the regular trial within 180 days, or the trial by judicial affidavits within 60 days, reckoned from the date trial begins, minus the excluded delays or postponements specified in Rule 119 of the Rules of Court and the Speedy Trial Act of 1998.”

Posted: July 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The wheelchair set

Wheelchair dealers must be ecstatic. If the current political climate holds, a number of government officials, their staff and enablers will soon be on trial for large-scale corruption. But some of them are being stricken by exotic ailments that land them in the merciful confines of a hospital. Cue the wheelchair.

Posted: July 12th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Ombudsman should level the ‘jailing’ field

It’s unfair that senators charged with plunder for pocketing kickbacks from their pork barrel allocations are suffering the ignominy of being jailed and living with rats and cockroaches, while former Social Security System presidents Romulo Neri and Corazon dela Paz, who were already found guilty of pocketing over P300 million from SSS coffers by a [...]

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

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