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Why Now?

Philippine Inquirer

President Benigno Aquino III (Photo Credit: Philippine Inquirer)

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has a year left in office, but certain groups can’t wait for him to finish his term. They want him to step down right now either voluntarily or through a popular people uprising similar to the one that toppled President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.

Philippine Inquirer

Photo Mr. & Mrs. Jose Cojuangco (Photo Credit: Philippine Inquirer)

These include his uncle, Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, Jr. and his wife, former Tarlac Governor Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, the National Transformation Council, and the left-wing AnakBayan party.

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March 2, 2015 at 11:02 pm 6 comments

An Inconvenient Truth

Iris C. Gonzales
Photo Credit: Iris C. Gonzales

On his recent 5-day visit to the Philippines, Pope Francis urged the Filipinos at all levels of society to reject every form of corruption.

Will the Filipinos heed the call? As much as they love Pope Francis, I doubt it.

Corruption is the grease that keeps the machinery of the country going. It’s condoned and accepted within the system. Diogenes who carried a lamp looking for an honest man was fortunate not to extend his search in the Philippines. He’d be grossly disappointed. Worse, his lamp would be stolen to hide the evidence.

In a climate where corruption is tolerated, politicians operate with impunity, stealing from the very people who have voted them in office. If they get caught, they don’t get incarcerated in actual jails. They get confined to a first-class hospital or placed in a detention center with special privileges.

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February 17, 2015 at 11:13 pm 5 comments

From The Book Thief

i have hated the words and i have loved them, and i hope i have made them right.

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