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Simple GMRC standards for judges to be respectable

Among the enduring standards we hold judges against is found in Canon 2 of the Code of Judicial Conduct: “A judge should so behave at all times as to promote public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.” In other words, a magistrate must at all times be the embodiment and epitome of good manners and right conduct (GMRC)—something taught even as early as in grade school. And we are talking here of the basic norms of civility in a Third World country like the Philippines. We shudder to imagine what stratospheric degree of behavioral refinement is expected in the arena of well-developed countries around the globe.

Posted: March 31st, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

End immoral ‘traditions’ in May polls

Our shameless senators are proving that they all need to be replaced. All of them took Christmas “cash gifts.” Some just complained because others got more, but no one denounced the immorality of the “tradition,” accepting it as legal because it was already the standard operating practice.

Posted: January 31st, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Former Sen. Saguisag asks: What ‘pamasko’ tradition?

May I know when the alleged “pamasko” tradition started? I should be certain it wasn’t during our watch (1987-1992), when Uncle Jovy [Jovito Salonga] was Senate president— as his Sigma Rho brods, Manong Johnny [Juan Ponce Enrile] and Kuya Ed [Edgardo Angara] should corroborate and remember only too well. Then, there was no amorous amorphous [...]

Posted: January 29th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Palace using pork barrel to bribe solons

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Do you know that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) pays a contractor to tear up perfectly usable roads then pays the contractor again to pour new concrete into the hole? That’s where your taxes go. Yet roads badly in need of repair are neglected due to “lack of funds.”   The wrangling [...]

Posted: January 24th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Judas’ ‘barbeque screwer’

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“I knew it!” Angeles e-mails after reading “‘Law of the stomach’ as tradition” (Inquirer, 1/19/13). “My late mother once said, some 30 years ago: All politicians are one and the same in the barbeque screwer of Judas Iscariot. How right she was.”

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The Miriam-Enrile clash: the aftermath

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Controversy over the unequal distribution  of Christmas cash gifts by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile to 22 senators has morphed into demands for the exhumation of the truth about his role as martial law administrator of the Marcos dictatorship.   The demand came from Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago in the course of her running battle with [...]

Posted: January 17th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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