Editorial

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Fully 77 percent of Filipinos believe senators and congressmen steal the money intended for public works projects and social services. The numbers, according to Pulse Asia, cut across all geographic areas and socio-economic groups, which is to say that poor and rich alike, whatever their educational attainment may be, and…

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The P12 billion in Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) stolen over a period of three years could have been used to lift the country and its people from centuries of poverty and ignorance. It is thus understandable that the people march. The amount involved is large, but that is only…

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What is it with executives of government- owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs)? They seem to think that they can bleed their companies dry by giving themselves top pay and perks, besides fat bonuses, even when they underperform. Most of the time, the abusive executives are mere appointees of an incumbent…

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It’s hard to believe that we have in this country an underclass consisting of modern-day slaves. Our idea of slaves is of black men and women kidnapped by slave traders and shipped to the New World, where they were sold through the auction block. They were made to work in…

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For the longest time, the Philippine Air Force  (PAF) has been the most pathetic branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Compared to the country’s neighbors, our poor excuse of an air force—with its obsolete jets, Vietnam War-era helicopters, and training planes that frequently crashed—looked the least prepared…

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The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has released the list of the country’s top 10 taxpayers, and for the life of us we can’t find the names of Filipinos who make it annually to Fortune 500’s list of the world’s richest individuals. That’s right, the world’s richest. Yet they pay…

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The Philippines is among countries most prone to suffer from natural calamities, and the earthquake that hit Bohol and Cebu the other morning demonstrates that depressing fact. According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the temblor registered 7.2 magnitude on the Richter scale, with the epicenter lying two…

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There’s a disturbing pattern of the rich and powerful successfully running rings around the justice system, and these people are invariably those who defraud or steal from the government big time. Delfin Lee, president of Globe Asiatique Realty Holdings Corp., is accused of syndicated estafa. There is no progress in…

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Yesterday was declared a national holiday by the government for reasons that remain unclear. Fans of the De La Salle University Green Archers can, with good humor, say that it was in celebration of the team’s improbable annexing of the UAAP men’s basketball title over the weekend. Fans of the…

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When do bonuses become excessive? The president and CEO of the Social Security System along with his board of directors must be asking themselves this question, following the public outcry over the P1 million bonuses they granted themselves last year, but which became known only recently. Emilio de Quiros Jr.…

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