Philip Goldberg

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz For the past two months Manila was abound with rumors of plots to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. Among the first to hit the rumor mill was an allegation made by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio B. Evasco Jr., who said on September 30, 2016 that there were plans by the “Yellow Group” – in reference to the Liberal Party and supporters of former Read More …

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By REY O. ARCILLA  Malaya (For a former law dean, it is a wonder Villanueva seems unable to understand the spirit of the law that created the GCG.) What a copout! This fellow by the name of Cesar Villanueva, chairman of the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG), insisted that his office had nothing to do with the “unauthorized allowances, bonuses and benefits amounting to P2.313 Read More …

New US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg, flanked by US Secretary of State John Kerry, delivers remarks at his swearing-in ceremony hosted by the Secretary at the US Department of State in Washington, D.C., on November 21, 2013. US State Department

By Rey O. Arcilla Malaya I HAD a dream that went like this: US Secretary of State John Kerry: Philip, I want you to assume your post in Manila ASAP. Ambassador Philip Goldberg: I would love to, Sir, but as you know my appointment paper is still with the Senate. Kerry: I know. With the permission of the President, I have already spoken with my Read More …

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By Rey O. Arcilla Malaya SENATE President Franklin Drilon, he who was Senate President once and a staunch ally of Ms. Gloria Arroyo till his personal interest no longer jibed with the latter’s, expressed fears that the Supreme Court’s ruling that pork barrel is unconstitutional may curtail Congress’ power to review the annual budget proposal from the executive branch. Drilon was echoing the view of Read More …