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DBM makes it easy for thieves to steal public funds

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If there is money that can be stolen, thieves will surely come and steal them.

Posted: December 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

On the right track

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and her team has done what President Aquino could not, but should have—suspend Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima along with a number of other top PNP officials, to clear the way for the investigation of corruption charges lodged against them. All this time, Purisima had seemed immovable in his post simply because of his closeness to the President, even as serious issues serve to question his conduct in office, from accepting unethical donations from big-ticket companies with business ties to the PNP to amassing properties that apparently were not reflected in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth.

Posted: December 6th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Pork ‘guisado’: the 2015 budget

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President Benigno Aquino III and leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives have declared the 2015 budget free of pork barrel. To know if this is true, we have to begin with its definition.

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

Darkness into light

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There are so many things to write about, and maybe even more things not to write about. Writing an opinion is not about reporting the news, it is about reporting one’s view. An opinion write can be very selective about what to give an opinion of, largely based on what experience and expertise he or she may have. News reporting is quite demanding in variety, objectivity, and deadlines.

Posted: November 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Pork in the 2015 budget

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Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago objects to the passage of the proposed national budget for 2015 because, among other things, it harbors pork barrel allocations, and thus violates the Supreme Court decision striking down the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Posted: November 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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