Serious Fundamental Flaws in Philippine Governance

(Photo: Budget secretary Florencio Abad) When you find the executive and legislative branches of the government actively helping each other in the misspending and loss of massive amounts of vital and life-saving taxpayers’ money, you can’t help but be moved to extreme anger, witnessing our beloved country being raped and pillaged by officials voted into…

Is Franklin Drilon scared of Napoles testimony at Senate public hearings?

Senate president Franklin Drilon’s decision not to grant the Senate Blue Ribbon committee’s request to make Janet Napoles, the suspected mastermind of the P10 billion PDAF or pork barrel scam, testify at its ongoing public hearings raises more questions than answers. Instead of approving the committee’s request, Drilon tossed the petition to the Office of…

Will Estrada, Revilla explode bombs or duds in Senate today?

Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla may attack as early as this afternoon in privilege speeches at the Senate floor various parties whom they believe were responsible for including them in the government’s plunder charges against them over the P10 billion PDAF or pork barrel scam. Last week, Estrada gave hints that he might implicate…

Dealing firmly with lawless elements and achieving lasting peace in Mindanao

(Photo shows refugees displaced by fighting in Zamboanga between Muslim rebels and government forces) Mindanao is such a beautiful region that will never fail to entrance first-time visitors. If you’re flying through the Bukidnon and Surigao provinces, the sight of meticulously manicured vast tracts of pineapple plantations won’t fail to impress. Unlike the mostly bare…

Hong Kong’s rule of law and justice for battered Indonesian maid

(Photo shows Filipino domestics in Central business district) On Sept. 18, a Hong Kong court jailed a Hong Kong Chinese couple to medium-term jail sentences for inflicting a string of shocking physical cruelty to their former Indonesian domestic helper, Kartika Puspitasari. Tai Chi-wai, 42, and his 41-year-old wife, Catherine Au, subjected their former maid Kartika…

Congressmen won’t give up ‘pork barrel’ despite public anger over P10 bln scam

(Photo shows Eastern Samar congressman Ben Evardone) It appears that the greed of most congressmen, led by Ben Evadone, knows no bounds. For taking this stance, they’re utterly shameless and devoid of any sense of decency, and should therefore be condemned. About half a million people trooped to Luneta Park in Manila on Aug. 26…