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When two former Supreme Court Chief Justices formally take a position and make the same public then something is truly screwed in our beloved Philippines. And when a president says, “taking this into account, such projects by the legislators made up a mere nine percent of the program. Why, then,…

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Boston, MA—I was so impressed with the JFK (John F. Kennedy) Library and Museum that it practically defined my New England trip with former colleagues from the office of former Sen. Rene Saguisag. The JFK Library by Boston harbor and the richness of its collection left me totally awed by…

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New York: 2016 is 31 months away. Immediately after 2013 a clearing operation was made and continuous to be so up to today. Dismantled in the process, depending on one’s political affiliation, is the noted “opposition’s” Three Kings save for one who has tentatively been sidelined. It would have been…

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New York City: The implosion of the Aquino administration in the midterm is not surprising since it started on the wrong foot.  No transition from the previous to repositioning itself as the cleanest.  Nothing wrong with that because people wanted a real tuwid na daan and kung walang korap, walang…

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WAshington D.C.: By the time this gets printed, the Federal government will probably be shutdown since the US budget didn’t pass. The first after 17 years. A continuing resolution was issued by the House but the Senate will be back only Monday afternoon. The interesting quid pro quo happened, budget…

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A lot of political analysts these days are saying pork is unique to the Philippines. This is not true. All legislative bodies have theirs. Pork in other territories is known as earmarks, entitlements, political promise making, contracts, economic arrangements, etc. It is also not true that it started during Aquino…

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I spent almost 10 years in Philippine Congress (both chambers) as a congressional staff and I have always been a student of legislatures. I know a lot of people will raise their brows but I will go on a limb for the institution and not the persons occupying the 16th…

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Anyare is a Filipino, street term loosely translated as “what happened?” It is a shortened word of the phrase anong nangyari. The usual answer would have been nganga, Filipino street term to mean none. And really, from 22 July when BSA3 delivered his 3rd SONA, it was all down the…

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Singapore: It has been a year since we lost Jesse Robredo. As the advocacy for the suspension of PDAF, pending a serious and thorough congressional investigation, is personal, the lost was personal too because a future star suddenly dimmed out early and with it, simplicity and decency became collateral damage.…

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IT was all heart that got Gilas Pilipinas to beat South Korea in a game that truly mattered for basketball pride and honor of the nation. We were united for a moment, shouting our lungs out to egg our team to gain back their composure with the injury of naturalized…

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