Senatorial aspirants can’t resist opportunity in other people’s misery

This picture of President Aquino’s visit to Barangay Tunasan in Muntinlupa accompanied by Liberal Party 2013 senatorial aspirants is generating controversy in social media. Among those with Aquino were Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas, Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon, former sectoral Rep.Riza Hontiveros, TESDA Administrator Joel Villanueva, and Aurora Rep.Sonny Angara. Some comments: Mae Paner: […]

August 10, 2012  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: 2013 elections, Politics  275 Comments

Lee didn’t make it as envoy to China

The Commission on Appointments was not able to take up the nomination of Domingo Lee as ambassador to China in its hearing last Wednesday so he won’t be able to assume the post in time for the visit of President Aquino starting tomorrow up to Sept. 2. To justify Lee’s inclusion in the official delegation, […]

August 29, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  129 Comments

Lim’s resignation puts Mark Lapid issue in Aquino’s court

Now that Bertie Lim will soon be out of the Department of Tourism, the issue about Mark Lapid rests squarely with President Aquino. People in the DOT are keenly watching the case of Lapid because it would prove to them that the President’s pledge l to lead the people through the “matuwid na daan” is […]

August 14, 2011  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Malaya, Tourism  228 Comments

Aquino’s first year: The good and the bad

One area where the year-old Aquino government has made reforms, slow it may be, is in the fight against graft and corruption through reforms in the justice system. This is not to say that Aquino has eliminated graft and corruption or there is no graft and corruption being committed by his own appointees. I merely […]

June 29, 2011  Tags:   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Governance  34 Comments

Walang “K” bumanat ang magnanakaw

Ang isang rason bakit pinupuna ko ang mga palpak ni Pangulong Aquino at ng kanyang mga tauhan ay dahil ayaw kong magkakaroon ng oportunidad si Gloria Arroyo na tatawa at magsabing, “Ayan, banat kayo ng banat sa akin. Ano ngayun ang nakuha nyong pumalit sa akin?” At tama nga. Lumabas lang ang survey na bumababa […]

June 25, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Abante, Benigno Aquino III  29 Comments

Precision journalism

There’s a lot I have to learn writing about survey results. By Mahar Mangahas Philippine Daily Inquirer The June 3-6, 2011 Social Weather Survey, reported through (but not commissioned by) BusinessWorld last Tuesday, has 64 percent satisfied and 18 percent dissatisfied with President Aquino, implying a 64 – 18 = +46 net satisfaction rating. SWS […]

June 25, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: surveys  2 Comments

3 Cabinet men giving P-Noy headaches

By Delon Porcalla The Philippine Star President Aquino dreads seeing two or three members of his Cabinet he considers harbingers of bad news. Aquino’s candid admission was made before dozens of officials and employees of the Department of Public Works and Highways gathered for the department’s 113th anniversary celebrations yesterday. He made it clear Public […]

June 24, 2011  Tags:   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Governance  28 Comments

Pulse Asia’s May 21 to June 4, 2011 survey:Aquino’s overall approval and trust rating declined but he continues to enjoy approval by majority

About seven in ten Filipinos (71%) express appreciation for and trust in President Aquino. On the other hand, less than one in ten is critical of presidential performance (8%) and distrusts the President (7%). Essentially the same percentages of Filipinos are unable to say if they approve or disapprove of the President’s work in the […]

June 22, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, surveys  5 Comments

Hindi pwedeng i-ignore ni PNoy ang pagkadismaya ng taumbayan

Ano pa nga ba ang sasabihin ng Malacañang sa pinakahuling survey ng Social Weather Station kung saan lalong bumaba pa ang satisfaction rating ni Pangulong Aquino? Natural lang yun na depensahan nila ang kanilang ginagawa at hindi nga lang daw masyadong alam ng nakakarami. Ngunit sa kanilang pagdepensa, sa halip na maghanap ng palusot, dapat […]

June 22, 2011  Tags:   Posted in: Abante, Benigno Aquino III, surveys  38 Comments

Kaibigan Atbp

Last week, the talk show, “ANC Presents” hosted by Lynda Jumilla discussed President Aquino’s choice of people to help him govern the country. She invited me to be one of her guests together with Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda and political analyst Ma. Zenia Rodriguez of the University of Sto. Tomas. For your weekend viewing. Part […]

June 17, 2011  Tags:   Posted in: Benigno Aquino III, Governance  32 Comments