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Binay’s lawyer faints while defending his SALNs

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Princess Turgano. Screenshot from PTV YouTube

A female lawyer representing Vice President Jejomar Binay fainted—in front of television cameras—while trying to explain how the latter acquired the P60 million declared in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN). Binay’s mouthpieces said she had “stage fright.”

Posted: September 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Time for reckoning by President Aquino

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President Aquino has sought to clarify that he is not seeking reelection. But his words have not doused speculation about his wanting a second term and added more confusion to the issue.

Posted: September 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Youth group joins mass movement vs pork

The largest ecumenical movement of national Christian youth organizations of mainline Protestant and non-Roman Catholic churches has joined calls for a people’s initiative to fight pork.

Posted: August 30th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Ideological shortcuts

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Sociologist Herbert Docena’s characteristically astute reply to last week’s column is too long to fit into the Letters page; I am happy to use this space to run it in full. My comments follow:

Posted: August 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Is there corruption without personal gain?

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The scholar Herbert Docena wrote something truly provocative in these pages two or so weeks ago. He asked whether there was any difference between “the schemes cooked up by the likes of Sexy, Pogi, or Tanda” and President Aquino’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). In his view, both were forms of corruption, even though only the plunder allegedly committed by the likes of Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla and Juan Ponce Enrile involved personal gain.

Posted: August 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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