Aquino pays tribute to Abad’s creative genius

The speech of President Aquino during 75th anniversary of the Department of Budget and Management on April 25, 2011 has become relevant amid the controversy generated by the Disbursement Accelerated Program or DAP, the brainchild of Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad that got unqualified support from President Aquino. This is what Aquino said:

July 27, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Governance  4 Comments

Aquino’s DAP: lethal mix of ignorance and arrogance

President Aquino’s belligerent stand against the Supreme Court’s decision declaring his pet initiative, the Disbursement Acceleration Program, unconstitutional was not at all surprising considering his defense of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Jr. last Friday. Reading and listening to his speech was not only appalling. It was disturbing. It showed the lethal combination of ignorance and […]

July 15, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Governance  59 Comments

Aquino’s DAP doctrine: good intentions superior to Constitution

Finally, President Aquino will speak to the people of the Philippines on the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP today (July 14),Malacañang announced. Today is exactly two weeks after the Supreme Court in a unanimous decision declared as unconstitutional Aquino and his Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad pet project. Malacañang sources said Aquino was stunned […]

July 13, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Governance, Malaya  18 Comments

Wishing they were April Fools Day jokes

We wish these three reports were April Fools Day jokes: One, Spinbusters saying goodbye. In its April 1 entry titled “Silly blog concedes writes 30”, the media watchdog wrote, “There’s no going around it, beating around the bush, and running in circles. With bitterness, sadness, and deep regret, we have decided to shut down The […]

April 4, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Malaya, Media, Philippine National Police  20 Comments

Press freedom rocks despite presidential whining

I did this article for Rogue Magazine (June 2013 issue). I’m re-printing it here as additional material in the discussion of the recently Supreme Court upheld provision on online libel in the 2012 Cybercrime Prevention Act and President Aquino’s defense of it. President Aquino thinks media owe him. In all his speaking engagements before media […]

February 28, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Media  4 Comments

Lost letters in Palace hint deeper leadership problem

Now we know there is a problem with Malacanang’s communication system. Whether Malacanang knows that is a completely different matter. Two letters that later on became of national, even international, importance did not reach President Aquino. The first one was a letter from the late Jamalul Kiram III sent in 2010 in the first few […]

February 21, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Benigno Aquino III, Governance, Malaya  28 Comments

China to Aquino: We fought Hitler in WWII

By Ellen Tordesillas, VERA Files China on Friday reminded President Aquino it had fought on the side of the Allied Powers against fascist Japan and Germany in World War II, after Aquino likened China’s encroachment into the South China Sea with Adolf Hitler’s hegemonic moves in World War II. In a press briefing, China’s Foreign […]

February 8, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Vera Files  36 Comments

The unraveling of President Benigno Aquino III

In a meeting with Vietnamese Defense Minister Gen. Phung Quang Thanh in August last year, President Aquino asked the visiting official how they are able to maintain good relations with China despite conflicting territorial claims. (Despite a ferocious battle over the Paracels Islands in the South China Sea 40 years ago that killed more than […]

February 6, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  23 Comments

Pride fuels standoff with Hongkong

The current standoff with Hongkong is an example of the danger of ignorance, power, and pride combined. As American minister Robert Fulghum said in his book,All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, “Ignorance and power and pride are a deadly mixture, you know.” Last week, the Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying […]

February 2, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  41 Comments

PNoy, Ramon Ang and Zenaida Ducut

Two lawmakers who are allies of President Aquino last week filed with the Office of the President a complaint against Chairperson Zenaida Ducut of the Energy Regulatory Commisssion accusing her of failure to protect the interest of the consumers when it approved last December Meralco’s application for a staggering P4.15/kilowatt-hour increase. “Respondent is guilty of […]

January 26, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Governance  33 Comments