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Binay, Duterte, Poe, Roxas, and Santiago

PerryScope By Perry Diaz By the looks of it, the May 9, 2016 presidential election could turn out to be a hellishly contentious battle royale. With five major presidential candidates, the outcome of the elections is predictably unpredictable. Indeed, recent presidential preference surveys showed see-sawing and criss-crossing ratings among four of the five major candidates, to wit: Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Grace Poe, Davao Read More …

The 12 senators -- called "The Magnificent 12" -- who voted to evict the U.S. bases in 1991.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ever since twelve nationalistic – and left-leaning — members of the Philippine Senate voted to evict the U.S. bases in 1991, our national pride had immeasurably gone up the scale never seen before since the new national flag was raised and independence was declared from Spain on the balcony of Gen. Emilio Aquinaldo’s mansion in Kawit, Cavite, on June 12, 1898. Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz With one year and a half left to the 2016 presidential elections, it’s interesting to note how Filipinos rate – as reflected in a recent Pulse Asia survey – the presidential wannabes.  And as in past surveys, corruption doesn’t seem to be a factor on how the people viewed the so-called “presidentiables.”  Not anymore. With the pork barrel scandals still brimming 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 …

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By Ira Pedrasa ABS-CBNnews.com  MANILA – Senator Miriam Santiago said President Benigno Aquino III and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad should be made accountable for the unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). “Can [Aquino] be impeached, definitely. But can he be impeached in reality? They have to muster enough votes so it’s bound to fail. I will not blame, however, the people who will attempt to test Read More …

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By Angie M. Rosales and Charlie V. Manalo The Daily Tribune  For lack of any worthy presidential timber, will the Liberal Party (LP) bite the bullet and recruit an outsider, in the mold of Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago as its standard bearer for the 2016 presidential elections? The Palace was coy about it yesterday, saying the question should be addressed to the LP itself but Read More …

Composite photos of senators Miriam Santiago, Lito Lapid, Tito Sotto and former Sen. Edgardo Angara. Senate PRIB

By Camille Diola The Philippine Star   MANILA, Philippines — Senators Miriam Defensor Santiago, Edgardo Angara, Manuel “Lito” Lapid and Vicente “Tito” Sotto III led the Department of Budget and Management’s (DBM) record of Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) or “pork barrel” releases in 2013. The DBM, which made the records public on Tuesday, indicated that P100 million was appropriated to each of the four senators Read More …

Grace Pulido Tan

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas Two feisty woman officials reminded us last week why campaigns against corruption in the Philippines never succeed. They don’t succeed because after the corrupt acts are exposed and publicized, there is no follow-up, much less prosecution of the accused. Chairman Grace Pulido-Tan of the Commission on Audit (COA) has ordered the agency’s officials to monitor compliance with recommendations Read More …

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago poses for a ‘selfie’ with students of De La Salle University Manila where she gave a speech recently.

By Marvin Sy The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said recently that any attempt to regulate content on the Internet in the country will fail just as it has in other nations. Santiago said the structure of the Internet is by definition “hostile to any desire to control, direct, manage or supervise, whether that desire comes from the government, or from other Read More …

Janet Lim Napoles and Ruby Chan Tuason in happier days.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ruby Chan Tuason opened a can of worms when she testified before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee (BRC) implicating Senators Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile in Janet Lim Napoles’ pork barrel scam. Indeed, never in the history of the Philippine Congress had someone testify before the legislative body accusing incumbent lawmakers for accepting kickbacks. Prior to Tuason’s testimony, BRC Read More …