Archive for September, 2013

Megan Young’s victory: a much welcome break

Megan Young’s winning the Miss World title is welcome break from all the depressing news that we have been getting the past months. We so wanted something pleasant after months of pork barrel stories exposing the insatiable greed of Napoles and our public officials. The Zamboanga stories, despite the government’s declaration of ‘Mission Accomplished” are […]

September 29, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Malaya  No Comments

Yamsuan sold Rockwell condo to Napoles

By VERA Files Two whistleblowers in the pork barrel scam said Thursday that a former Malacañang consultant sold his Rockwell condo unit to Janet L. Napoles, allegedly the brains of the pork barrel scam that has dragged the names of a number of lawmakers and their staff. Marina Sula and Benhur Luy said they saw […]

September 28, 2013  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Vera Files  9 Comments

Quarrel among thieves

The speech of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada may not be as explosive as expected but the public is benefitting from it because we are getting a bigger and more realistic picture of how rotten the system is, and how “tuwid na daan” is being drawn with crooked lines. Estrada is one of three senators (the two […]

September 26, 2013  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Malaya  50 Comments

The impropriety of police escorts for AiAi

Clarifying that her security escorts are not from the Presidential Security Group, comedian AiAi de las Alas revealed they are from the Philippine National Police. Seeing nothing improper about the practice, she bragged, “Ako ang nagpapasweldo doon. Hindi ako nagnanakaw sa bayan. Part iyon ng proteksiyon sa sarili ko. (I’m the one paying them. I […]

September 24, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Malaya  9 Comments

PH, China in battle of photos on Scarborough shoal

By Ellen Tordesillas, VERA Files Concrete blocks or just rocks and corals? That is the latest question troubling the strained relationship between the Philippines and China over the disputed Bajo de Masinloc, also known as Scarborough Shoal, off the South China Sea. This time, though, the dispute is playing out through photographs, more than words. […]

September 23, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea, Vera Files  14 Comments

The 14- year cycle as observed by Jun Lozada

Last Saturday, I saw a front page of the Philippine Daily Inquirer on the Facebook wall of Pablo Tariman. The headline was “Congress kickbacks:how much for whom”. There was an illuThe story was about pork barrel and there was an illustration using a lechon and how the roasted swine was being divided. The upper fold […]

September 22, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Malaya  4 Comments

Forgotten details from an old story

By Luz Rimban, VERA Files THE photograph is 30 years old, but it provides startling details to an old, almost forgotten story. Taken by a Japanese photographer, the picture came out in the Sept. 5, 1983 issue of Time Magazine. It showed the apparent lifeless body of former Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. whose murder […]

September 22, 2013  Tags: , ,   Posted in: History  4 Comments

Sobrang amazing ang kuwento ni Kap

Malakas ang ugong na baka mawala sa ere ang Kap’s Amazing stories, ang show ni Sen. Bong Revilla sa GMA7. Nagkakakansela na raw ang advertisers ng show at hindi maganda para sa kanila na ma-identify sa isang opisyal ng pamahalaan na akusado sa krimeng pandarambong. Ang buhay talaga. When it rains, it pours. Kapag umulan, […]

September 22, 2013  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Abante, Graft and corruption  15 Comments

I’d like to think Lacierda was just acting stupid

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda probably thought the Filipino people are stupid or else why would he say that the reason why the President has not made statements on other national issues was because he has no access to Manila newspapers. In this day and age of internet and cellphones! Lacierda said Wednesday: “You know, the […]

September 19, 2013  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Mindanao, Peace and Order  11 Comments

The lawmaker’s offer

One of the lawmakers implicated in the pork barrel scam operated by Janet Lim Napoles sent feelers to Malacañang about three weeks ago. The offer: “I will return the money I got from my PDAF fund plus interest. I will make a public apology. I will resign and will not run for elective office again.” […]

September 19, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption  13 Comments