P-Noy

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz In the four and a half years that President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III had been in power, nothing had come closer to torpedoing his administration than the Mamasapano Massacre, which killed 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP). One month after the heinous slaughter of the elite commandos, calls for P-Noy’s resignation continue to Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz With only one and a half years left in his presidency, President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III is still trying to convince his “bosses” — the people – that he’s on track with his promise of “Walang korap, walang mahirap” (No corruption, no poverty) on the “daang matuwid” (straight path). And after four and a half years of his scandal-ridden administration, P-Noy 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 …

Butch Abad confers with P-Noy

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In an attempt to do a great service to the people – or his “boss” as he calls them — President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III used an ingenious system of funneling “savings” generated by underspent government programs to a huge piggy bank. He can then take money from it to spend on projects that he believes would benefit his “boss” or Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz I watched the “Godfather” movie — for the umpteenth time — last week and loved every scene just like when I saw it the first time 42 years ago. Yes, forty-two years and the movie is still popular – indeed, very popular — and the No. 1 movie of all time. It had brought criminal enterprise and the violence and corruption Read More …

Napoles

GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano Napoles begins to crack, and the crack can be major. It goes beyond the smaller details that most commentaries are focused on. Rather, Napoles spilling some or all that she knows about what she did and whom she did it with breaks the myth that crime pays. Certainly, I have no illusions that some will get away. I have no Read More …

Napoles, Enrile, Estrada, and Revilla

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Recently, members of the House of Representatives – the people’s representatives – blasted Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares for suggesting to repeal or amend Republic Act (RA) 1405, also known as the Bank Secrecy Law, in order for the BIR to look into taxpayers’ bank accounts. Henares said that repealing or amending the law is needed to give Read More …

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Frankly Speaking By Frank Wenceslao This is a paraphrase, President Aquino reportedly found out it isn’t enough to be clean at the top because government corruption has seeped into every level of Philippine society. One sector where corrupt practices are deleteriously impacting national development, thus the nation’s wellbeing is the conspiracy of the country’s big businessmen and top law firms (the “conspiracy”). This is a Read More …

Sen. Sergio Osmena III

INSIGHTS By RICK RAMOS The Manila Times Senator Sergio Osmeña III has finally confirmed what myriad of Filipinos—and even foreigners—have known over the past three years (2011-2013): the lack or absence of competence of Benigno S. Aquino 3rd as President of the Republic of the Philippines! The revelation of Senator Serge Osmeña last Thursday, March 13, 2014, has become the talk of the town after Read More …

One of the many collages critical of his Porsche that spread in social media in 2011.

By RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO The Manila Times It may seem a petty, even preposterous, reason. But given the paranoia of this President, it could be the reason why President Aquino—for all his blah-blahs about transparency in government—doesn’t want the Freedom of Information bill to get enacted. As soon as FOI bill becomes law, one of the first demands for information could be for certain government Read More …