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So is this why Aquino doesn’t want FOI law?

It all makes sense now why the Aquino administration doesn’t support the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill. Especially with President Aquino’s and Senate President Franklin Drilon’s link to Janet Lim-Napoles coming to light for all the world to see, and following revelations about Mr. Aquino’s improper release of millions if not billions of pesos to provide financial support to Team PNoy in the May 13 elections. Now I understand everything: The Aquino administration refuses to support the passage of an FOI law because it wants to hide its own misuse of “pork funds.”

Posted: October 24th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Game changer

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But of course Grace Poe topping the senatorial race is the one dramatic, phenomenal, game-changing feature of the last elections.

Posted: May 19th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Vote-buying in last polls raised inflation rate

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When the newly elected senators assume office on June 30, there will be six women senators—Grace Poe, Loren Legarda, Nancy Binay and Cynthia Villar, plus the two holdovers, Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Pia Cayetano. At least three new opposition senators—Binay, JV Ejercito and Gringo Honasan—will be added to the opposition ranks in the Senate.

Posted: May 19th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Passing the election test again

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In SWS’ view, its survey work has, again, handily passed its self-imposed periodic test of accurately anticipating election results. Our report, “SWS/BW final preelection survey of May 2-3, 2013: 9 Team PNoy, 3 UNA in top 12; 7 Team PNoy, 2 UNA safe,” announced on May 8 (www.sws.org.ph), proved entirely correct, compared to the latest actual results, official or unofficial. It correctly preidentified all winners and losers.

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

Election with no change

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The nine-three result of last Monday’s Senate elections proclaims a no-change outcome. It locks the country into the iron grip of a status quo—continuity of political sterility in the second half of President Aquino’s administration, which has been hamstrung from delivering economic benefits to the Filipino masses by slogans on good governance.

Posted: May 15th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Power shortage shock foreshadows fall of government

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A widespread power failure hit Metro Manila and parts of Luzon Wednesday with the force of a tsunami for up to six hours, paralyzing light rail transport and disrupting office services.

Posted: May 9th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Block support’ shifting

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Less than a week to the May 13 elections, the ground for an administration’s sweep of the Senate polls has been deeply eroded by shifts of “block support” from organizations controlling huge chunks of votes, such as the Iglesia ni Cristo and El Shaddai, the latter a religious group associated with the Roman Catholic Church.

Posted: May 7th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

It’s unlikely for Nancy Binay to engage Risa Hontiveros in a debate

United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial candidate Nancy Binay has been skipping the senatorial fora sponsored by media networks and other election NGOs. This appears to be a deliberate strategy of her campaign to shield her from closer and deeper public scrutiny, inasmuch as she is obviously incapable of articulating policy positions on the various national issues confronting our country. It is also quite obvious that she does not possess the credentials, the intelligence, the training, the discipline and the skills necessary to engage other candidates in a public debate on any of the important public policy issues of the day.

Posted: May 7th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Attacks on Legarda rock LP coalition

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Cracks have appeared on the facade of solidarity of the administration’s Team PNoy senatorial lineup at a critical juncture in the May 13 elections, as tensions between leading candidates of the Liberal Party (LP)-led coalition erupted into mudslinging within its ranks, threatening to break up the alliance.

Posted: May 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

No time for priority concerns because of campaign

Is it just me who thinks President Aquino is excessively campaigning for his Team PNoy candidates? I mean I understand that he wants them to win, but he seems to be at almost every Team PNoy rally anywhere in the country, just to root for his candidates. Doesn’t the President have anything more important to do other than be a campaigner? It’s not like he is running for office because he has already been elected president and he can no longer run for reelection in 2016.

Posted: April 16th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Lesser evil

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The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) has finally dropped the three “common candidates,” Chiz Escudero, Loren Legarda, and Grace Poe Llamanzares. “We tried our best to accommodate them,” said UNA secretary general Toby Tiangco. “We know that the LP, through Sen. Franklin Drilon, has warned them repeatedly about joining our election activities. We have held on to their assurances that they will join us sooner or later. (But) public statements have been made by at least one of them ruling it out.”

Posted: February 25th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

All is not well in P-Noy’s administration

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Politics breeds strange bedfellows. In politics, there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies.   These two axioms are no more evident than in the composition of the senatorial slate of the administration’s Team PNoy. The coalition is composed of candidates from the Liberal Party, the Nationalist People’s Coalition, and the Nacionalista Party. President Aquino [...]

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

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