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The public clamor against excess in the pork barrel inquiry may have restored some sanity and sobriety to the inquisition. The hearing last Thursday featuring Dennis Cunanan looked positively deflated. Yellow ribbon chairman Teofisto Guingona had little to say. Cunanan had nothing significant to reveal. Puppeteer Leila de Lima had…

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THE all-purpose phrase “in aid of legislation” is used by senators and congressmen to justify their conduct of committee hearings and investigations on matters of public and national interest, and to generate nationwide interest in the hearings. With the promise of juicy revelations and fireworks, they are able to secure…

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BEFORE the nation gets deluded by the proposal in Congress for the renaming of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark-Angeles, as the Cory Aquino International Airport (thereby turning our two international airports into his-and-hers aviation terminals), I submit that the Philippine Senate would do better to focus first its…

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THE administration’s decision to stage the 28th EDSA anniversary commemoration in Cebu was designed to take the event out of the box of piety, and place it in a new box of relevance that is more reflective of the government’s new mantra of inclusion. The plan to move venues was…

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UNDER the first amendment of the US Constitution, bloggers enjoy protection from libel suits in the exercise of journalism that serve the public interest. This is the gist of an op-ed article published in USA Today on January 24. It reports that a federal appellate court has handed down a…

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This is the question that hovers over the national observance of EDSA Day (People Power Day) today. Whether because of thrift or weariness or sheer laziness, there will be no official commemoration today—no rites, no Mass, no speeches at the now-shunned shrine in front of Robinson’s Mall and the replacement…

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THERE should be no misreading of what the People Surge Alliance of Yolanda survivors were doing and were saying when they marched to Malacañang last Monday (February 17), seeking an audience with President Aquino. Like Martin Luther King and his civil rights marchers in their historic march to Washington on…

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Reading some recent statements by President Aquino’s communications secretary and presidential spokesmen, I suddenly realized with a shock that they have concocted something entirely new in Philippine political history. In parody or imitation of the  “editorial we” of the press, they have invented and constantly use  the “administrative we” in…

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A lawyer-friend tells me that the Senate pork-barrel scam inquiry would be less frustrating if Blue Ribbon Committee chairman Teofisto Guingona III would only focus the inquiry on establishing facts like the existence and commission of a crime or crimes Instead, he has been running in around like a headless…

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