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Time for the bosses to act

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It’s a herculean task indeed. Well-meaning people have cautioned that pushing for the “pork barrel abolition bill” via people’s initiative is naive, misguided, manipulated or malicious.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Day of the pig

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On the face of it, the antipork marchers had a couple of advantages.

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

Sign up for people’s bill against pork

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What pork?—a Malacañang mouthpiece asked reporters on the eve of a massive protest rally against the pork barrel. It is like a pickpocket caught with his hand in somebody else’s pocket, asking “Who, me?” Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, creator of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, said he could “categorically” declare that the pork barrel no longer existed in the proposed budget for next year. False. It is still there—and much bigger.

Posted: August 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Pork barrel in 2015 budget

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The hated pork barrel is alive and well in the 2015 national budget submitted by Malacañang to Congress. Not only alive, but much bigger—P500 billion no less.

Posted: August 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Decrepit, congested and subhuman

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The brouhaha over the transfer of Janet Lim Napoles and Jessica “Gigi” Reyes, who are accused of plunder related to the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam, to the detention facilities of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Bicutan, Taguig City, brought to public focus the decrepit, congested and subhuman condition of our jails.

Posted: August 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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