RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

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The exposés on the misuse—outright robbery actually—of pork barrel funds by members of Congress have scandalized the nation by its magnitude and gall. It has shocked the nation so much that terms for Congress like “the country’s biggest criminal syndicate” (as my colleague Tony Lopez called it) and “Houses of…

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The biggest flaw of the Commission on Audit’s special report on the use of Congress pork-barrel funds is the fact that it had to rely almost entirely on documents under the control of the Budget department headed by President Aquino’s ideologue and strategist Florencio Abad. As the COA report itself…

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Imagine if the school principal clamps down on cheating by this class of 24 students, which had become an open secret on campus. An investigator is called and asks for the exam papers for him to pin down the cheating. The teacher submits only the documents for this particular gang…

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I don’t know if only I notice it, but in the times I’ve been at The Power Plant mall, I often witness a particular scene that makes me sad and a bit troubled. The mall seems to have, compared to other shopping centers, more very elderly people—residents of the nearby…

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“Janet surrenders to P-Noy” was the banner headline yesterday, referring to the alleged brains of the pork barrel scam. “Wow, such a respected, trusted President that the high-profile fugitive surrendered only to him, and to no one else,” one’s first reaction to the headline probably was. Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda…

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The watershed, historic million-people rally the other day sent a loud, clear message to President Aquino: Scrap the pork-barrel system. It is not just the gross, scandalous hijacking of taxpayers’ money by the likes of Janet Napoles, not just the hundreds of millions of pesos senators and congressman manage to…

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Without the pork barrel funds, President Aquino will most likely be a lame-duck president for the remaining three years of his administration, and we will see a truly independent Congress after all these hypocritical three years. Even the controversy alone over pork barrel and Aquino’s efforts to deal with it…

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The Boston-based monthly The Atlantic is purportedly one of the most intelligent and erudite US magazines that refuse to succumb to the dumbing-down-for-the-market direction of American journalism in the last decade. I’m a big fan of The Atlantic myself. However, I’m starting to suspect that editors of this very cultured…

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I’m serious and I’m not exaggerating. Read on, and you will be convinced that President Aquino is culpable not only for the flooding in Laguna and the South Luzon Expressway but even at least partly, for the worsening flooding in the metropolis. The worsening of the flooding in Laguna in…

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August 21 is the most significant date in our post-war history, when two historic, connected events happened, the consequences of which make up our messy present. First: The Plaza Miranda bombing on August 21, 1971. Four grenades were hurled at the stage of the Liberal Party’ grand miting de avance,…

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