Philippine Corruption

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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 Delon Porcalla The Philippine Star  MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino is taking full responsibility for the Disbursement Acceleration Program amid controversy sparked by the Supreme Court’s unfavorable ruling on the DAP and mounting calls for the resignation of some of his officials. “In the final analysis, the President is the chief executive and the members of the Cabinet performed the role of alter ego, 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 Ado Paglinawan Jojo Binay is doomed! His intentions for the presidency surfaced too early and unlike Cory Aquino, so to speak, he did not “keep his options open”. Because of that his prospective candidacy is doomed from the start. Why? Because in a political atmosphere where corruption is key to being despised by the Filipino constituency, the bevy of his wife’s pending plunder cases Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz The 2016 presidential election has the making of battle for supremacy among the dynastic political families. And whoever wins would preside over a dysfunctional – to say the least — government that is still rocking from the fallout of the pork barrel scam that has brought down some of the most prominent political dynasties. Which makes one wonder where the hell Read More …

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Frankly Speaking By Frank Wenceslao A Filipino-American partner in a New York law corporation asked me how he and Pamusa can help President Aquino hasten conviction or at least the retribution of the guilty in the pork barrel and other scams which, according to US-Pinoys, may go down as the most shameful corruption conspiracy in Philippine history worse than Marcos’ rapacity that only involved him Read More …

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GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc The Philippine Star  Are reports true that the Supreme Court is about to declare the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional? It would seem so, going by hot exchanges in a prominent e-group. For, one of its members, a newspaper columnist (not The STAR’s), claimed Wednesday that he had in fact read the ruling. He even quoted the supposed ruling’s last line: Read More …

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas We could have heaved a sigh of relief after reading reports that the Ombudsman has finally filed graft and plunder charges against businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, at least four senators, a few congressmen and some government and private individuals in connection with the P10-billion pork barrel scam that has haunted the country for almost a year now. Finally, those 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 …

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Frankly Speaking By Frank Wenceslao Why doesn’t President Aquino ask Ochoa and Abad to go on leave and appoint a special prosecutor, say, a retired SC justice to investigate whether they are involved or not in the Napoles scams instead of PNoy acting as investigator, prosecutor, and judge absolving the two without trial? With regards to the dismissal of the charges against Ongpin, et al. Read More …