Archive for August, 2013

Bounty hunters, despair not over Napoles surrender. Meron pa

I told her not to despair because Napoles brother, Reynald, is still out there. The reward for his capture may not be P10 million but it would still be substantial. I told her to act fast or Pnoy might beat her to Napoles kin. Aside from Reynald Lim, there’s former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes and […]

August 30, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Malaya  44 Comments

Napoles surrenders to Pres. Aquino

At 9:37 p.m on August 28, Janet Napoles surrendered to President Aquino. Napoles is wanted on charges of serious illegal detention arising from the alleged kidnapping of Benhur Luy. The President turned her over to the custody of the Secretary of Interior and Local Government and the Chief of the Philippine National Police for processing […]

August 28, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Graft and corruption  52 Comments

“Janet, here na me…where na u?”

My favorite placard in last Monday’s Million People march in Luneta was the one held by a young man which said, “Janet, here na me…where na u?” The placard showed several aspects of the inspiring event which gathered some 400,000 to 500,000 bound by outrage over corruption in government. The simple message, written on a […]

August 28, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Malaya  14 Comments

Aquino fires Palace consultant linked to Napoles

By Ellen Tordesillas,VERA Files Alleged big-time pork barrel operator Janet Lim-Napoles has close ties with a Malacañang consultant whom President Benigno Aquino III ordered fired as soon as he discovered the connection two weeks ago. Brian Raymund Yamsuan, consultant to Executive Secretary Paquito “Jojo” Ochoa, was ordered dismissed after he was mentioned as having brokered […]

August 26, 2013  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Vera Files  22 Comments

Kitakits sa Luneta

See you all at Luneta tomorrow. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Some are enjoining everybody to wear white to symbolize cleansing of the corrupt system. But actually any color will do. Bring umbrella just in case it rains. It is a long struggle to assert our right to good governance and we need to be […]

August 25, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Graft and corruption  44 Comments

Anong ipalit sa PDAF? BDAF

Akala ng Malacañang naloko na nila ang mga tao, ano. Noong Biyernes, kasama pa niya si Senate President Franklin Drilon at House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, inanunsyo ni Pangulong Aquino . Sabi niya “Panahon na po upang i-abolish ang PDAF.” May ilan na pumalakpak kaagad. Ngunit kung babasahin o pakinggan mo ng masinsinan ang sinabi ng […]

August 24, 2013   Posted in: Abante, Graft and corruption  6 Comments

Aquino’s doublespeak on PDAF and ‘pork’

By Yvonne T. Chua, VERA Files President Benigno S. Aquino III announced Friday his administration is set to “abolish” the infamous Priority Development Assistance Fund, or PDAF. But “pork barrel,” in reality, is staying. In Aquino’s own words, legislators will retain the discretion to “identify and suggest projects” for their districts under a new mechanism […]

August 24, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Vera Files  8 Comments

Pork by any name

By YvonneT.Chua and Booma B. Cruz,VERAFiles (Note: The excerpt on the history of pork barrel in the Philippines was written by VERA Files trustees Yvonne T. Chua and Booma Cruz in 2004 for the book, The Rulemakers: How the Wealthy and Well-Born Dominate Congress.) Whether they come in large or small amounts, pork barrel allocations […]

August 24, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Vera Files  No Comments

Hold your applause

I will hold my applause until I see the results of the Aquino administration’s efforts to investigate the pork barrel scam which was triggered by the discovery of a Janet Napoles operations involving initially five opposition senators and has now spilled into the current administration’s territory. President Aquino and the Senate leadership have shown that […]

August 23, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Malaya  22 Comments

Malacañang buys time on pork barrel scam

More than a month into the Janet Napoles pork barrel scandal that started with the involvement of five opposition five senators, the Aquino administration finds itself on the defensive. After dismissing the Napoles-operated pork barrel scam estimated to reach P10 billion as paling in comparison to the P728 million fertilizer scam during the Arroyo administration […]

August 20, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption  53 Comments