Leila de Lima

604 kilos of shabu valued at P6.4 billion, seized during a raid in Valenzuela City.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Well, what else is new? Ever since I can remember, the Bureau of Customs is a place where corruption is the rule rather than the exception. It’s a culture that was introduced by the Spanish colonial rulers. The Americans improved it. And the Filipinos made it a part of their daily lives after the Americans left. Indeed, after 400 years under Read More …

President Rodrigo Duterte and the International Criminal Court.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz On November 17, 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte, before heading to Lima, Peru, told the media he just might order the Philippines’ withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC). He got the idea following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s withdrawal of Russia’s membership from ICC, who the day before had signed an order to formally withdraw Russia’s signature from the founding statute of Read More …

Duterte-and-De-Lima

PerryScope By Perry Diaz When then Justice Secretary Leila de Lima ran for the Senate in 2016, little did she know that she was on a road taken by a growing number of politicians, one that leads to incarceration. These include former presidents Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Joseph Estrada, former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile, and Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla. And if the “tradition” of Read More …

The accuser and the accused.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In what could arguably be the “mother of all scandals,” President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte dropped a bombshell in front of Sen. Leila de Lima’s face. Calling it a “drugs matrix” — known as the “Muntinglupa Connection” — Duterte released a document showing links between De Lima and several others allegedly involved in illegal drug activities at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Read More …

Balimbing

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Recently, there was an altercation between Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Vice President Jejomar Binay’s camp over the Supreme Court’s decision to grant bail to Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile. De Lima believes that the high court’s ruling has set the Philippine justice system back to that of a “banana republic.” But Binay’s camp defended the Supreme Court, saying, “Yes, we’re Read More …

Sandra-Cam.2

By Benjamin B. Pulta The Daily Tribune Whistle-blower Association president Sandra Cam in morning radio interview said Leila de Lima’s Depart-ment of Justice (DoJ) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) were given P150 million by alleged brains of the pork scam Janet Lim-Napoles for the two agencies to drop the case of serious illegal detention filed by Benhur Luy against her. Cam said she Read More …

Napolist

PerryScope By Perry Diaz At first there was none. Then there was one. Then there were two. Then there were three, four. And then there were five! Who knows there might even be a sixth or a seventh… or an eighth! What are we talking about here? A black list? A hit list? A shit list? Nope, it’s the “Napolist,” short for the Napoles List, Read More …

Leila De Lima and Janegt Lim Napoles (File Photo)

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas It has been almost three weeks since alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles handed over a written affidavit to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and despite persistent calls for her to make public the Napoles disclosures, De Lima has refused to do so, claiming that she still had to vet the allegations on the affidavit. Former Read More …

China-bullying

By REY O. ARCILLA MALAYA (As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, China has the responsibility to promote, not to endanger, international peace and security.) The sooner China realizes that the international community no longer looks kindly at bully countries, the better for her image and stature as the second biggest world economy. What she is doing right now – claiming virtually Read More …

Abad and Aquino (File photo)

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas Here we go again. After Budget Secretary Florencio Abad was tagged as the alleged mentor of businesswoman Janet Napoles in designing the P10-billion pork barrel scam, Malacanang spokespersons were quick to point out that Abad still enjoys the trust and confidence of President Aquino. Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said Aquino would not be affected by the allegations until Read More …