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Her womb and other Lenten thoughts

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Former President Joseph Estrada, accused of plunder, had a problem with his knees and he was allowed to fly to Hong Kong for surgery.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Jail ’em

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Jinggoy Estrada scoffed at TG Guingona’s announcement last Tuesday, saying it fitted well April Fools’ Day.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Their day in court

Almost nine months since the pork barrel scam hit the front pages, about seven months since the National Bureau of Investigation filed a complaint with the Office of the Ombudsman, and nearly five months after the Field Investigation Office filed its own complaint, the Ombudsman on Tuesday found probable cause “to indict Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr., Jose ‘Jinggoy’ Estrada, as well as Janet Lim-Napoles and a number of government employees and nongovernmental organization officers” on plunder and graft charges.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Moral progress and the pork barrel

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We welcome the Ombudsman’s decision to file plunder and graft and corruption charges against Senators Enrile, Estrada and Revilla and several others who have been implicated in the P10-billion pork barrel scam. But, knowing how our legal system works, we would be naive to think that the trial may now smoothly proceed.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Why the royal treatment for rich suspects?

I disagree with Justice Secretary Leila de Lima that it is worth keeping alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles in a separate and special detention facility because there is a possibility that in the future she might tell everything she knows about the pork barrel scam (“Extra cost of Napoles detention worth it, says De Lima,” News, 3/8/14).

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Miriam’s shame campaign

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Janet Napoles’ road on her way to becoming the vilest public figure so far in the Filipino imagination seemed easy and trouble-free. But she was a headline waiting to happen, so to speak, Philippine media being mostly Manila-based and Manila-obsessed: Her web of operations was based in Manila; and her cohorts—many of whom remain unidentified till this day except the pogi-sexy-tanda trio and a few others—held office in Manila.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Physician, heal thyself

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This time around, it’s the journalists.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Keep the focus

Large as the amount involved in the so-called pork barrel scam, it is true that bigger corruption scandals have pockmarked Philippine history.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Inconvenient truths

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Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s revelation that her office has widened its investigation of lawmakers who misused their pork from 2007 onward, based on work by the Commission on Audit, drives home some inconvenient truths.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Farce

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Same tack, different results. What was different about Jinggoy Estrada’s tack this time was his throwing a line of defense into it. At one point during his privilege speech, he unveiled with dramatic flourish a CCTV footage showing Ruby Tuason—ta-dan!—not carrying a duffel bag in the Senate. Which was all very well, except that, as Leila de Lima pointed out afterward, Tuason had testified that she had gone to the Jinggoy’s office at the Senate only once with a duffel bag. Her handbag was enough to carry a million pesos in it.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Chiz marrying Heart before 2016 polls

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Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, former senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., and former elections commissioner Augusto Lagman talked politics, graft and corruption, and the 2016 polls at the Kapihan sa Manila at the Diamond Hotel last Monday. But the tidbit that perked the ears of the people in the audience was the admission by Chiz that he will marry actress Heart Evangelista before the elections are held. It will be a private family ceremony, he joked, because he is afraid someone in the crowd may shout, “Stop the wedding!”

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The ‘SOP’ malady

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The pork barrel scam that used nongovernment organizations to siphon off the people’s money is indeed quite brazen. There are many other operations with varying degrees of brazenness—such as “SOP” (standard operating procedure)—but they are all the same: scams.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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