Transparency is less than an afterthought for BS Aquino 3rd

July 31, 2015 12:03 am

ONE of the criticisms leveled against President BS Aquino 3rd almost as soon as he finally closed his mouth after his painfully-long State of the Nation Address on Monday was that he omitted any mention of the Freedom of Information bill, two versions of which are currently languishing in the Legislature.

The Freedom of Information law, we should not forget, was the single coherent campaign promise made by then-Senator Aquino during his quest for the presidency in 2010. And it was a promise that he broke immediately upon assuming office by first trying to convince everyone that his “clean” government…

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A hint of a good idea?

July 29, 2015 11:01 pm

AFTER President BS Aquino 3rd’s sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA), the overwhelming volume of conversation about the 2 hour and 15 minute speech – one of the longest on record – was not about its contents, … Read more »

History no refuge for the President

July 28, 2015 10:55 pm

Even as reactions to the State of the Nation Address (SONA) are streaming in, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd may still get his wish in the end – for history to be his final arbiter as a leader. But he … Read more »

20 months after, Yolanda victims still failed by Aquino govt

July 27, 2015 11:00 pm

NEARLY two years after Supertyphoon Yolanda/Haiyan struck East Visayas and other parts of the Visayas, the national government is still groping to get on top of the catastrophe, and fully assist all those who have been stricken, and to get … Read more »

Govt underspending has a simple cause: Incompetence

July 26, 2015 10:57 pm

LATER this afternoon, President BS Aquino 3rd will deliver his final, highly anticipated State of the Nation Address. A large part of the reason this year’s SONA is so highly anticipated is that it is indeed Aquino’s last. Suggestions over … Read more »

PPP Exec Director’s report impressively factual

July 25, 2015 10:25 pm

AT the recently held 2nd Business Forum (Wednesday July 22 at the Dusit Thani) more than 200 businessmen and entrepreneurs bought tickets and attended. They did so to get to the bottom of a momentous event that will soon happen. … Read more »

President Aquino’s unparalleled temerity

July 24, 2015 11:30 pm

OUR page 1 story on Thursday July 23 under the headline “PNoy: Shun dishonest leaders” was again an example of the President’s unparalleled temerity. He was speaking in Norzagaray, Bulacan, where he had gone to inspect Angat Dam. Here are … Read more »

Presidential immunity plus exoneration is too much

July 23, 2015 11:22 pm

HERE’S a question sent to the Times that legal experts and scholars should ponder and answer: If President Aquino already enjoys immunity from suit for his official acts during his incumbency, why should he also enjoy the privilege of being … Read more »

Why it’s right to insist on personal compassion and humanity

July 22, 2015 10:45 pm

TWO recent videos in the United States made us decide it’s time to write another pro-life and pro-virtues editorial. What teachers of morality, whose views mainstream Christians, specially Roman Catholics and Orthodox Church Catholics, and conservative Protestants and Mormons endorse, … Read more »

Responsibility for the Semirara tragedy goes beyond the company

July 21, 2015 11:24 pm

IT is terribly tragic and disheartening that for the second time in a little more than two years, we find ourselves offering condolences and prayers for the families of workers killed in an accident at the Panian open-pit coal mine … Read more »