Archive for July, 2013

Why should the burden of truth on MRT-3 be on Czech envoy?

What if Czech Ambassador Josef Rychtar refuses to cooperate in the investigation of alleged $30 million shakedown by officials of the Department of Transportation and Communication in connection with the Metro Rail Transit expansion project? Is that the end of it? Under the Vienna Convention, the international treaty that governs diplomatic relations, ambassadors cannot be […]

July 30, 2013   Posted in: Governance, Graft and corruption, Malaya  8 Comments

Magdalo: 10 years after Oakwood

No doubt, the Magdalo group of military officers and soldiers has come a long way from that early morning of July 27, 2003 when they jolted the nation with the protest they staged against Gloria Arroyo at Oakwood Hotel in the heart of Makati’s business district. So many things have happened. Even the name of […]

July 29, 2013   Posted in: Governance, Magdalo, Military  7 Comments

PNoy forgot the law he signed on PWD?

Before we completely forget President Aquino’s forgettable 2013 State of the Nation address, there’s one item there that caught my attention different from the angle that the Chief Executive underscored. At the beginning of his self-congratulatory address he cited the case of Niño Aguirre: “Paano ba naman pong hindi lalakas ang aking loob, kung pati […]

July 27, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Malaya  92 Comments

A farewell tribute to Del Rosario?

The fourth State-of- the- Nation Address by President Aquino is notable for the number of issues that he didn’t touch. He did not mention anything about the Freedom of Information Bill which he promised to support when he was campaigning for the presidency. He did not say anything about China and Taiwan. The once vibrant […]

July 23, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  41 Comments

Crying cop

By Rem Zamora of This is from Rem’s touching account of the circumstances behind that photo of PO1 Joselito Sevilla, the cop who cried in the midst of a rally dispersal yesterday: It was a long and tiring dispersal. People were injured. But amidst all of this, I saw a scenario which I thought […]

July 23, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Media, Philippine National Police  119 Comments

SONA and the noise of democracy

Last week, Social Weather Stations released the results of their survey showing a record-high satisfaction among Filipinos with the way democracy works. It’s relevant to connect the high satisfaction high satisfaction rating of President Aquino with the public’s satisfaction of the way democracy works. That’s why it’s not surprising that Malacañang officials, of course, didn’t […]

July 21, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Malaya, surveys  86 Comments

Key to normalization of PH-Taiwan relations: release of probe report

Is President Aquino going to announce at his fourth State of the Nation address what he is going to do with the investigation report of the National Bureau of Investigation on the May 9, 2013 incident in Balintang Channel where a member of the Philippine Coast Guard shot and killed a Taiwanese fisherman? The NBI […]

July 19, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  88 Comments

We owe whistleblowers

Two news items yesterday recall to mind NBN/ZTE star whistleblower Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada and his meeting with President Aquino in Malacanang last February. The first news item was about the statement of the lawyer of Jane L. Napoles, who is in the center of the alleged P10 billion pork barrel scam, to file administrative and […]

July 16, 2013  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption  22 Comments

Remembering Ruben Cusipag fondly

Social media is flooded with the report on the death of Glee actor, Cory Monteith, who was found dead in his hotel room (Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel) in Vancouver Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) due to drug overdose, news reports said. But there’s another death in Canada we grieve over: that of newsman Ruben Cusipag. We […]

July 14, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Malaya, Media  5 Comments

How to keep your sanity when stuck in Metro Manila traffic

Surviving traffic in Metro Manila is a test of patience, an exercise in anger management. Here are some tips I’d like to share with my fellow sufferers: 1. Text and call. It’s the time to send text messages or make calls that you should have done earlier but were not able to do because you […]

July 12, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Governance, Malaya  12 Comments