Cory Aquino

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Just when the issue of Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares’ “qualifications” to run for president had been put to rest and allowing her to run for president, the dissenting opinion of Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio revealed that Llamanzares did not get a majority vote because the Supreme Court (SC) ruling on her citizenship was 7-5-3. Yes, seven is not a majority; it Read More …

Imelda Marcos signs the "Tripoli Agreement" on behalf of the Philippine government in 1975 in Tripoli, Libya.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz For the past 40 years several attempts have been made to create an autonomous government for the Filipino Muslims in Mindanao. In 1975, representatives of the Philippine government and the rebel Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) met in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to discuss MNLF’s demand for autonomy. Consequently, the “Tripoli Agreement,” which called for the establishment of an autonomous region in Read More …

Balimbing

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In the aftermath of the “People Power” that deposed President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, the word “balimbing” became popular. The “balimbing,” or star fruit, became the mark of a turncoat. The star fruit’s cross-section is shaped like a five-sided star; thus, a person who changes political loyalty is called “balimbing.” Overnight, after Marcos relinquished the presidency, thousands of his supporters abandoned Read More …

P-Noy vs. Jojo

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With one and a half years to go before the next presidential elections, the race is heating up among several wannabes including recycled presidential candidates and newbies who have nothing else but optimism – and ambition – to reach the pinnacle of power. And by the looks of it, it’s going to be a very expensive run to the top. Right Read More …

Will there be another one in 2016?

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In his attempt to fulfill his campaign promise to eradicate corruption and poverty, President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III may have violated the Constitution. In his zeal to continue his “reforms” beyond the six-year term he was elected, he wants to amend the Constitution to allow the president to run for re-election. In his desire to leave a lasting legacy, he may Read More …

Cory and Noynoy

By REY O. ARCILLA MALAYA (Months ago, when power shortage in the country first reared its ugly head, I expressed the hope Noynoy would turn his attention to it as soon as possible lest he suffer the same fate as his beloved mother, the revered Cory, did. He could wind up being called the “King of Darkness” as Cory was dubbed the “Queen of Darkness” Read More …

Noynoy-ampaw

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Two of the most intelligent presidents the country ever had turned out to be the most corrupt. So much for intelligent people running the government. How about those with a lame mind “ampaw” (rice crispies) as President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III called them last March 13 when he advised voters to elect someone with substance. “In essence, who really has substance Read More …

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By Angie M. Rosales The Daily Tribune  Malacañang can’t escape culpability on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) after the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the pool of discretionary funds of President Aquino, a former senator and one-time executive secretary of the late President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, the incumbent’s mother, pointed out yesterday. Former Sen. Joker Arroyo is putting to task Malacanang into justifying to the public Read More …

Anti-CARP-rally

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas The failed, yet much ballyhooed Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) passed quietly into the night last Monday, its death cheered by both farmers and landlords. The farmers, who were supposed to be its beneficiaries, would not mourn the agrarian reform program’s death because, in the words of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas chair and party list Rep. Rafael Mariano, Read More …

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By Ado Paglinawan Jojo Binay is doomed! His intentions for the presidency surfaced too early and unlike Cory Aquino, so to speak, he did not “keep his options open”. Because of that his prospective candidacy is doomed from the start. Why? Because in a political atmosphere where corruption is key to being despised by the Filipino constituency, the bevy of his wife’s pending plunder cases Read More …