Category Archives: On Distant Shore

Politicians should get out of rehab’s way

More than a year since super typhoon Yolanda brought death, destruction and deprivation to Leyte and other provinces in Eastern Visayas, nobody still knows for sure how many died, the destruction remains very visible, and the victims continue to be deprived of food, shelter and jobs. And all because more than a year since the… Read More »

The right to die debate is alive

The death last Saturday – the day millions of people in some countries remember their dead — of Brittany Maynard, who chose to end her life at the young age of 29 rather than suffer while waiting for the inevitable, reignited the dormant debate over the right to die with dignity. “Goodbye to all my… Read More »

Who can beat Binay in 2016?

With the damning allegations hurled against Vice President Jejomar Binay in the past few weeks, one would think, as one columnist said, the former human rights lawyer and Makati mayor “can kiss his presidential bid goodbye.” I wish it were that simple because the country badly needs a president who is beyond reproach, but recent… Read More »

Modern-day heroes and slaves

The problem of trafficking of Filipinos in the United States came to the fore again last week when 25 teachers who were victimized by unscrupulous recruiters went to the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. to again air their grievance and seek the help of Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr. for a resolution of their case. The… Read More »

‘Bosses’ have spoken twice: No more!

Good news appeared to have emerged from the Bali Democratic Forum in Indonesia where President Aquino was reported to have abandoned any possibility of staying beyond his six-year term that ends in 2016. “Aquino abandons term extension bid,” said the banner story of Manila Bulletin last week. I read into the news but nowhere did… Read More »

Who’ll take responsibility for crime upsurge?

Following the filing of a second complaint for plunder against Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. called on the beleaguered PNP chief to resign out of delicadeza. Belmonte was too naïve to think there is still delicadeza among the country’s officials. The word has long disappeared from the vocabulary… Read More »

Abad deserved students’ ire

While I cannot condone the rough treatment accorded Budget Secretary Butch Abad by some students of the University of the Philippines last week, when he was pelted with stones and coins after a speech at the School of Economics, I must also say that I quite agree with their demand that he be made accountable… Read More »

Another crooked turn in “daang matuwid”

Amid findings by the Commission on Audit that close to P2.8 million worth of relief for survivors of typhoon Yolanda were lost to spoilage and that P58 million worth of other supplies were spoiled or wasted due to improper storage, the Palace – true to its customary reactions – said President Aquino won’t fire DSWD… Read More »

Aquino taking ‘bosses’ for a ride on FOI Bill

Shortly before being proclaimed the official winner of the 2010 presidential elections, then Senator Benigno S. Aquino III reaffirmed his campaign promise – that his administration would make the passage of the Freedom of Information bill its priority.   Aquino has obviously been taking the people, whom he proclaims to be his “bosses” for a… Read More »

Palace-SC clash is inevitable

It’s obvious President Aquino is not about to give up his pork barrel or take his humiliation on the legality of his Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) sitting down.   Stopped by the Supreme Court in two unanimous decisions from continuing to disburse funds without congressional authorization using two pork barrel programs – the Priority Development… Read More »