By Zenaida T. Nucum
Most Filipinos lament the state of moral degeneration in which we find ourselves. We are disgusted with the social cancer we read about every day in the newspapers. Anomalies, such as the Napoles pork barrel scam in which unscrupulous government officials have taken part, are considered standard fare. We have become callous to corruption and immorality. Heinous crimes, like the Maguindanao massacre (as yet unsolved after five years), no longer cause an outrage among us. Natural calamities like earthquakes, floods and typhoons exacerbate the situation, making our world a fearful one.
By Rina Jimenez-David
The sorrows that Gigi Reyes faces would seem, to some, as simply just punishment for her role in the “pork barrel scam.” She had served as chief of staff of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, one of the three senators accused (and now held in detention) for their part in the diversion of public money into private hands.
President Aquino’s primetime defense of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) was full of thick-faced lies and was an insult to the Filipino people.
By Juan L. Mercado
Simultaneous newsbreaks triggered the headline overload.
By MANUEL F. ALMARIO
The pork barrel scam would have been a perfect crime were it not for a misstep by a high school graduate, Janet Lim-Napoles, whose head was turned to hubris by her previous stunning “success” in “business.” The scam, spanning years, cost our people tens of billions of pesos.