Alan Peter Cayetano

Chinese oil rigs in the South China Sea.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Last May 15, President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte met with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the “One Belt, One Road” summit in Beijing. Duterte told Xi, “We intend to drill oil there, if it’s yours, well, that’s your view, but my view is I can drill the oil, if there is some inside the bowels of the earth, because it is ours.” Read More …

Vice presidentiables

PerryScope By Perry Diaz No, it’s not a misprint. What we’re talking about here is the presidential race in 2022. But while the winner of the 2016 presidential election is still anybody’s guess, whoever will be elected vice president in 2016 would be the next president in 2022. And here is the reason why? In my article, “Who doesn’t want to be vice president?” (August Read More …

Three is a crowd: Marcos, Trillanes, and Cayetano

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With nine months to the presidential election on May 9, 2016, there are only two declared candidates for President and one “maybe.” And with the filing of candidacies on October 16, 2015 fast approaching, the two presidential candidates – Jejomar “Jojo” Binay and Manuel “Mar” Roxas II – have yet to pick their vice presidential running mates. Not because they’re in Read More …

The President’s dream team:Roxas-Escudero

Making life worth living By Ellen Tordesillas Malaya These are the political alliances shaping up for the 2016 presidential elections. President Aquino’s dream team for 2016.[/caption]Interior Secretary Mar Roxas for president and Sen. Chiz Escudero for vice president for the Liberal Party; Vice President Jejomar Binay and Gawad Kalinga founder and chairman Tony Meloto for the United Nationalist Alliance; and Senators Alan Cayetano and Antonio Read More …

PCOS

By DUCKY PAREDES MALAYA ‘Those who can understand a source code enough to be able to spot where something is not quite right would have the capability and the know-how to create a source code themselves.’ CLEARLY, the former Commission on Elections (Comelec) made the wrong decision when it chose to purchase the Precinct-Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines. Consider the problems of warehousing the machines Read More …

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By Anthony Taberna ABS-CBN News MANILA – Sen. Panfilo Lacson has offered to pay for the P60,000 bail of NBN-ZTE deal whistle-blower Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada Jnr and his brother, Jose Orlando. A source said that even before the Sandiganbayan issued the arrest warrant for the Lozadas, the senator already took P60,000 from his own pocket for bail money. Lacson confirmed the news but said the Read More …

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile

PerryScope By Perry Diaz The recent scandal involving the “cash gifts” – or, bonuses – given by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile to 18 senators has brought to the forefront of debate the very existence of the Philippine Senate as a productive legislative body.  Has it outlived its usefulness?  But even its “usefulness” in the past is now being questioned! Yes, it has gotten that Read More …

COMELEC-2012

AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR By William M. Esposo The Philippine Star  The Commission on Elections (Comelec) deserves commendation for seeking ways to democratize election campaigns, specifically by rationalizing the resources factor that give wealthy candidates undue advantage. Admittedly, one of these is in the area of propaganda or as they prefer to call it — advertising. Unless one is a Ninoy Aquino and can Read More …

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BABE’S EYE VIEW By Babe Romualdez The Philippine Star  When you add up what this whole “Christmas gift” issue is all about, it all boils down to the fact that everything is being driven part by vendetta, part by politics and ultimately by political ambition. After all, the two senators embroiled in a bitter word war with Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile — Alan Peter Read More …

JPE. Thanks to Yahoo for this photo by Voltaire DomingoNPPA Images

ByEllen Tordesillas Malaya Of course, what has been going on in the Senate the past weeks is disgusting. But it is good that it is happening. If the controversy over the discriminatory distribution of Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile of the Senate Christmas loot – P1.6 million for the 18 senators and P250,000 for the four whom JPE does not like namely Senators Miriam Santiago, Antonio Read More …