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Binay’s politics

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In his interview with ANC’s Lynda Jumilla the other night, Vice President Jejomar Binay said that he made clear his intention to seek the presidency in 2016 as early as when he took office as vice president—unlike Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, the presumptive candidate of the ruling Liberal Party, who, he sneered, has been “hypocritical” about his plans. Clearly, Binay wishes to project the image of a straight-talking politician who has nothing to hide. But, a statement like that is double-bladed: It also gives the impression that political ambition is all that consumes him, and that, as a public official, he has little time for governance.

Posted: October 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Hard work and the Senate

If the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll is any indication, it is clear that public satisfaction with the Senate is on a resurgent, upward swing attributable to the chamber’s performance in pursuing policy reforms—a fact intimately known to the senators themselves. After admitting that the Senate’s image was shaken by political scandals, Senate President Franklin Drilon himself declared that the only way to restore the Senate’s good public standing is by “working hard and instituting reforms with public accountability as the primary goal and transparency.”

Posted: October 23rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Movements in popularity

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In the first three quarters of this year, there were moderate changes in public satisfaction with the job-performance of both President Aquino and Vice President Jojo Binay, according to the Social Weather Surveys (BusinessWorld, 10/10/2014 and 10/13/2014). Between March 27-30 and June 27-30, the net rating (i.e., percent satisfied minus percent dissatisfied) of P-Noy changed from […]

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Is the President turning a deaf ear to his bosses?

After President Aquino hinted that he was open to Charter change and to a second term, his insensitivity to the realities around him became more obvious. In effect, he affirmed criticism that he was not listening to his bosses. In this connection, it may be noted that a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that his administration’s satisfaction rating has fallen to its all-time low.

Posted: September 4th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The administration’s report card

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The SWS release last Monday, “Second Quarter 2014 Social Weather Survey: Net satisfaction with National Administration falls to ‘Moderate’ +29,” referred to the administration—abbreviated here as “admin”—of President Noynoy Aquino, not to him personally. The President’s personal net rating was net +25 from the same survey of June 27-30, 2014, as reported on

Posted: August 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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