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.
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.
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 [...]
By Neal H. Cruz
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 [...]
By Juan L. Mercado
“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.”
By Amando Doronila
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 [...]