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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 …

P-Noy's "bosses" burn his effigy during his State of the Nation Address on July 28, 2014 (Photo/IC)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz When Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. was asked what made President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III change his mind about amending the Philippine Constitution and pursuing a term extension, he said, “What is essential for the President is to know the sentiments of his ‘bosses,’ the Filipino people. He will continue to listen to them so he will know their views Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz After repeatedly denying it in the past, President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino had let the cat out of the bag: He wants a second term! And he wants it for a strange reason: To curtail the power of the Supreme Court. Whoa! What happened? Going back to Day One of the Aquino presidency, it reminds us of the promise of hope and Read More …

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano Many public officials will say publicly that they are not serving for the ratings, results of regular surveys measuring people’s sentiments about trust and performance. They will say that they will do what is right more than what is popular. Yes, most of them will say that. Privately, though, ratings come across with much more importance than publicly admitted. And Read More …

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FIRST PERSON By Alex Magno The Philippine Star The judiciary, by constitutional dictate, is the third co-equal branch of government. It does not control the army and does not control the purse. It only has the majesty of the law in its armory. Historically, the two other branches of government consistently tried to gain leverage over the judiciary by controlling the resources that flow to Read More …

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By REY O. ARCILLA MALAYA (The continued refusal of the administration to come out with a complete report on how the DAP was spent only serves to heighten the suspicion of Noynoy’s bosses that he and his henchmen are hiding something not quite “proper”.) Malacanang mouthpiece Edwin Lacierda who once doubled as the Boy Pickup of Pork Barrel Queen Janet Lim-Napoles, said that “91 percent” Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz  One of the most — if not the most — despised royal advisors in history was Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin. Known as the “Mad Monk,” Rasputin was a Russian mystic who was an advisor to Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra during the tumultuous years of Imperial Russia under the Romanovs. Rasputin became close to the Tsarina because he was said to 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 …

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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 …

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Editorial The Daily Tribune   No one should wonder why the Philippines remains a country where impunity reigns with the overbearing government officials it has. Noynoy did not hesitate even when he was campaigning for the presidency in the 2010 elections to resort to extra-constitutional means, again through People Power, if, as he claimed then, he loses the elections which he claimed can only happen if Read More …