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The tale of two envoys

  Two Ambassadors figured in the news recently. The first is the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the country. Josef Rychtar, who claims that MRT General Manager Vitangcol and others attempted to extract a 30 Million dollar bribe from a Czech company for the supply of additional rolling cars for the MRT. This supposed […]

What happens now to JPE et al?

Now that the Ombudsman has found probable cause against three senators, Janet Napoles and Dennis Cunanan for plunder and violations of the anti-graft law, what happens next? Will they immediately be put behind bars and tried in the same manner that former President Erap Estrada was? Not quite. All indicted accused have the statutory right […]

The $10 million question

At long last, the die is cast. After repeatedly saying that Chief Justice Renato Corona need not take the witness stand in the impeachment trial against him, his counsel, out of the blue, assured the Senate that the CJ will take the witness stand. The promise though appeared to have a condition: that is, that […]

Privacy as a human right: Way to Go P NOY!

President Aquino’s pronouncement in the United States that he would have family planning devices available to those who cannot otherwise afford them ushered in a storm probably surpassing the intensity of Ondoy that hit us last year. On the one hand is the Catholic Church that has traditionally taken the view that artificial contraception is […]

A necessary toothless tiger

Much has been said about the Truth Commission. While it is true that this body promised by President Noynoy Aquino as a means of ferreting out the truth on the many scandals of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is in reality a toothless tiger, a superfluity, and will be the source of disappointment for many, it is […]

OMBUDSMAN’S HALF-BAKED INVESTIGATION OF THE FERTILIZER SCAM

Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez proves anew her loyalty to the Arroyo’s. As if on queue with the homecoming of Cito Lorenzo, she filed charges for mere malversation of funds against Bolante and Lorenzo instead of Plunder in connection with the Fertlizer Fund Scam. The charge does matter. Malversation is bailable, while plunder is not. Moreover, despite […]