Philippine Corruption

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Editorial The Daily Tribune The spin from the Palace, aided by the yellow media, was that the Supreme Court (SC) declared unconstitutional only certain acts under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) which spin is both an effort at face-saving and neck-saving for Noynoy. Accordingly, as a result of the absence of the entire SC ruling, the yellow spin was that only the following schemes under Read More …

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” is Newton’s Third Law of Motion. From sheer intelligence, observation and experimentation, Newton saw something in life that is bigger than his explanation. Newton was concerned with science as he knew it. I am concerned with political science and human dynamics of change, but Newton’s law remains a constant ingredient Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz It is bad enough that China had grabbed the Panganiban Reef in 1994 and the Panatag Shoal in 2012. It is bad enough that China is building artificial islands in the Spratly Archipelago to be used as naval and air bases. But for China to loot the Philippines of her natural resources, it has to stop! And what is very sad Read More …

DBM Chief Florencio Abad and President Aquino

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas “Clearly… while it is the President who proposes the national budget, it is the Congress that prescribes the form, content and manner of budget preparation albeit subject to the limitations found in the Constitution. Hence, as the ‘power of the sword’ belongs to the President, the ‘power of the purse’ resides in Congress.” “While its constitutional conferment is Read More …

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By RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO The Manila Times “The Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) was implemented in good faith, and it stimulated the economy as was its intent,” President Aquino’s usually clueless spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said as he wriggled to defend what the Supreme Court ruled the other day as unconstitutional. Lies from Lacierda are becoming too commonplace. The Supreme Court should take to task the Aquino 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 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 …