Category Archives: JGL Eye

TO THE WIDOW OF MISSING JOURNALIST TIM M. OLIVAREZ: READ THIS!

CHICAGO (JGL) – It was an unseasonably warm morning of February 4, 1985 when Tim M. Olivarez, correspondent of Tempo, a sister publication of Manila Bulletin, accompanied me in covering a murder case in Bulacan. On our way back to the Bulletin, Tim told me that he was going to see a smuggling lord, Jose… Read More »

DEATH PENALTY FOR EXTORTIONISTS/BLACKMAILERS?

CHICAGO (JGL) – Philippine President Noynoy Aquino is against death penalty and yet he does not mind if journalists are killed if they are accused of committing transgressions outside the exercise of their profession. I could not think of any possible crime that journalists maybe accused of committing that could fall outside the line of… Read More »

WRITS OF AMPARO, HABEAS DATA FOR MANCAO NOW!

CHICAGO (JGL) – The broad-daylight kidnapping preserved early this month by a cell phone camera along EDSA in Mandaluyong took a page from a similar abduction 14 years ago that nipped in the bud the young Joseph “Erap” Estrada presidency. While a witness to the abduction of publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and Dacer’s driver, Emmanuel… Read More »

EVILS OF POLITICAL DYNASTY

CHICAGO (JGL) – If the Philippine corridors of power are populated by relatives by blood or affinity, it is not surprising. The pre-colonial Philippines was ruled by royalties and nobilities, like lakans, datus and mighty warriors, when laws of the jungle were supreme. The matter of succession was interrupted only by the arrivals of Spaniards… Read More »

EXERCISING JUDICIAL RESTRAINT

CHICAGO (JGL) – The Philippine Supreme Court has a message to at least two senators, who were “unaware of the existence and implementation of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP)” during the impeachment proceedings of Chief Justice Renato Corona: speak now or forever hold your peace! In an obiter dictum, the unanimous Supreme Court ruling (Maria… Read More »

EXERCISING JUDICIAL RESTRAINT

  CHICAGO (JGL) – The Philippine Supreme Court has a message to at least two senators, who were “unaware of the existence and implementation of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP)” during the impeachment proceedings of Chief Justice Renato Corona: speak now or forever hold your peace! In an obiter dictum, the unanimous Supreme Court ruling… Read More »

P-NOY’s STATE OF DENIAL

“Still water runs deep.”                                                             — Latin proverb     CHICAGO (JGL) – In the run-up of his penultimate State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday (July 28), President Aquino had become very voluble like a wounded prey after his transfers of Disbursement Appropriation (DAP) outside his Executive department were declared unconstitutional. P-Noy had… Read More »

WILL PH SUPREME COURT UNSEAT ERAP?

CHICAGO (JGL) – I have been hearing rumors that the Philippine Supreme Court is in the cusp of deposing my friend, former President and incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada, and have him replaced by defeated Mayor Alfredo S. Lim. But I cannot find the right reason that could complete the trifecta and totally humiliate… Read More »

ERAP NOT READY TO HANG UP POLITICAL GLOVES YET

MANILA (JGL) – After four decades in politics, 77-year-old Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada still feels that he still has many more years of public service left ahead of him. Taking a page from his idol, President Ronald Reagan, who was asked if he was going to run for re-election and saying, “No. I am… Read More »

PH GAINS NEW ALLY, MALAYSIA, VS. CHINA

MANILA (JGL) – If there was one direct accomplishment that the Philippines gained without trying in President Obama’s “containment tour” among its allied countries of Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines over the last seven days, it was the commitment of Malaysia to “support the international arbitration, which has been a subject of some… Read More »