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The brazenness with which Janet Lim Napoles and her accomplices have attacked and corrupted the two houses of Congress, and the equanimity with which the public is viewing the spectacle, are profoundly troubling. What does it say about our people and our values, if our legislature, whose roots date back…

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Second of three parts This will annoy those who bought into the hype, and must now be awakened. The decision to pitch the Philippines as the next Asian Economic Miracle at the World Economic Forum was a “punch at the moon,” to use a popular Filipino saying. You could score…

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First of three parts Executives, journalists and government officials wore a quizzical look on their faces after weathering the Philippine government’s presentation yesterday on the theme: “Philippines: The Next Economic Miracle” at the World Economic Forum on East Asia at the Makati Shangrila Hotel. When combined with the speeches of…

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Let us speak plainly about the World Economic Forum on East Asia that opened yesterday at the Makati Shangrila Hotel, with some 600 delegates from Asia and beyond in attendance, and a smattering of government leaders present, notably Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.…

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At the heart of the crisis and nightmare now racking the Philippine Congress, there is this troubling fact that throughout the mind-boggling story of the pork barrel, the Napoles kickbacks, the Malacanang bribes, the DAP, the congressional insertions, and so on, our senators and representatives never paused to define for…

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The late Sen. Genaro Magsaysay, the brother of President Ramon Magsaysay, had an iron-clad policy while serving in the Philippine Senate of his day which the honorable senators of our own time might do well to emulate as they desperately try to defend themselves against being unceremoniously included in the…

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By the simple ruse of preparing and leaking a list of persons (legislators, executive officials, factotums, hirelings, including journalists and whatever), who allegedly took bribes and commissions from her, Janet lim Napoles has mystifyingly gotten back on top of the mountain of scandal and dirt that she has singularly invented…

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It should be marked down in history as the strangest progress report ever made in this country. More befuddling even than Kris Aquino’s report that her “work in progress” with Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista “did not progress.” To punctuate the six-month anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda’s devastation of East Visayas,…

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When the Obama administration and the Aquino administration negotiated the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), it was a case of two governments with inchoate foreign policies groping for a deal that might lift them from the policy fog in which they found themselves. There was little effort on both sides…

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