Pinoy helpers in Hong Kong more honorable than Enrile, others

From time to time, Filipino domestic helpers (DHs) in Hong Kong are looked down by certain misguided elements in this city, just like a recent advertisement by Hong Leong Finance. However, racist acts on this city’s foreign maids were often resolved quickly after public denunciations followed not infrequently by apologies of errant parties. Yes, Pinoy…

UNLIKELY HEROINE IN MANILA’S PDAF, ANTI-CORRUPTION BATTLES

Socialite Ruby Tuason, former social secretary of Manila mayor Joseph Estrada when he was president, admitted receiving P40 million in “commissions” from corrupt PDAF transactions that Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada coursed through the fake or non-existent NGOs set up by alleged PDAF brains Janet Napoles. Without hesitation, she made this admission before…

PROSECUTING CORRUPT BIG-TIME POLITICIANS IN THE PHILIPPINES

Senator Miriam Santiago effectively destroyed today what is likely to be a key and critical defense posture of Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and others against accusations that they stole billions of pesos of taxpayers’ money in the so-called PDAF scam, allegedly led by businesswoman Janet Napoles. Deny all accusations and demand the production…

What does the Supreme Court decision on PDAF, Malampaya Fund mean to Pinoys in general?

Lots and lots of potential benefits! Such as jobs creation and livelihood programs (if concerned officials have ample vision and imagination to pursue this), more medicine for public hospitals, more and better schools, expanded support to farmers and fishermen and many others. The sums that would otherwise be lost to ghost projects and kickbacks to…

Aquino’s defense of the indefensible

The stinging attack by a large group of call center workers on President Benigno Aquino’s defense of his own pork barrel funds – about P600 billion for next year and an undetermined amount under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) – is understandable. Lack of transparency and accountability is the single biggest problem or gaping hole…

Will Aquino cheer up or let down Pinoys tonight?

President Benigno Aquino is due to make a 10-minute address to the nation tonight between 6:30 to 7:30. The subject of his short statement from Malacanang is unclear, with speculations that he might try to defuse mounting public anger over large-scale misuse of taxpayers’ money, i.e. PDAF, DAP, questionable large bonuses of some officials or…

No passports? Who cares!

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima is seeking the cancellation of the passports of senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla, as well as more than 30 others, over their alleged involvement in the P10 billion “pork barrel scam” purportedly masterminded by Janet Napoles. Estrada and company have protested, saying they should be presumed…