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NO, it’s not a place in China or Germany. It’s a peculiar position in chess, in which a player can move only with loss or severe disadvantage. When President Aquino authored and authorized the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), he sent the Philippine Constitution into exile. Now that the Supreme Court…

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For what the Aquino government has done in creating and implementing the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), there is no term in modern political science and public administration. “Misrule” and “maladministration” are the nearest words that come to mind. I am referring to the bizarre phenomenon of a supposedly constitutional government…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has placed his faith in the brute power of numbers in Congress (as herded by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and Senate President Franklin Drilon) to defeat any effort to impeach him. As a journalist and amateur historian, I think he has a lot to fear in “the…

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John Boehner is the speaker of the US House of Representatives. Feliciano Belmonte is the speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives. At issue here are the wildly contrasting ways whereby the two congressional speakers are dealing with the unconstitutional acts and abuses of their respective presidents. The American speaker…

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When I speculated on what might follow after the Supreme Court rules that the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) is illegal and unconstitutional, I weighed various scenarios, such as another EDSA Revolt, the impeachment of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, the mass resignation of his Cabinet, even another superstorm (given our rotten…

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AND it’s costly and dangerous for the nation. The statement is tautological, but it’s an increasingly popular idea in leadership and management studies. And it may help explain why, four years into his term, President Benigno Aquino 3rd is stumbling all over the place without solving one serious problem of…

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Executive authority is forever hungry; It is its nature to expand and usurp.–Barbara Tuchman, Practicing History It was to check  executive excess that America’s founding fathers established the separation of powers of three coequal branches—the legislative, the executive, and the judicial—in the American constitutional  system. That system has been our…

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As the Supreme Court votes today on the constitutionality of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), a new three-letter acronym BUB (for Bottom up Budgeting) is elbowing its way into the spotlight, with billions of public funds in tow. A new budget scheme concocted by the administration, BUB could also reach…

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In a column published February 15 (“Like probing a murder without a corpse,” Manila Times, February 15), I commented that the blue ribbon committee hearing called by its chair Sen. Teofisto Guingona was like a police investigation of a murder without a corpse. Now that the sensational multi-billion pork barrel…

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In applying a double standard in our society and in our public life, President Corazon Aquino set the bar when she ordered the inclusion of the Stock Distribution Option (SDO) in the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law that became law in 1988 when she signed it. As everyone knows by now,…

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