Tag Archives: corruption

Reyes Death Does Not Absolve the Institutions and Policies that Breed Corruption

I reserve judgement on Sec Reyes because I have no personal knowledge of the facts – and therefore presume him to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Trial by a court of public opinion does not od us any good because public opinion can be easily swayed. What distinguishes a civilized […]

From the Net: Cojuangcos don’t want to let go of the land (INQUIRER)

The recent “compromise agreement” is another fry-in-your-own-lard deal being promoted by paid hacks as a “breakthrough deal”. But who really is benefitting from the breakthrough? Definitely, not the farmers who are getting another bum deal. This is the sort of news that just enrages thinking people’s sense of decency. HLI represents the hypocrisy, the phoniness, […]

Aquino's Abad Appointments: Nepotism? Cronyism? Favoritism?

Nepotism has its pros and cons. What happens if a family just happens to be talented? Where do we draw the line? The pros are that having the right name is like a premium brand – and is expected to deliver superior service. On the downside – anti-corruption and nepotism/cronyism/favoritism do not mix. What is […]

The Myth of "Walang Mahirap Kung Walang Corrupt"

I’ve had it with listening to all this “walang mahirap kung walang corrupt” yarn. Allow me to explain in five steps with the aid of visuals why Noynoy Aquino, his team, and his supporters are wrong on corruption. I will cut to the chase and keep it simple. You be the judge as to who […]

Is the Philippines Becoming a Nation of Cheaters?

Are we a nation of cheaters? It seems we never run out of news about cheating in the Philippines. Way back then, the perception was that only government officials and employees were prone to cheating. Fast forward a decade. We shout in the streets against cheating – everyone else cheats, but us. Really? Is that […]

Usapang Pulitika sa Facebook: Protectionism, Migration, Oligarchs

Naglilipana pa rin ang maling akala sa Pilipinas. Heto ang isang palitan ng kuro kuro sa Facebook hinggil sa Pinas. Malamang naransan nyo na rin ang mga ganitong klaseng palitan sa inyong trabaho, sa inyong mga kapitbahay, at kahit sa mga kamag-anak nyo. Maling Akala Marami pa ring misconception tungkol sa protectionism at kung sino […]

The Buwakang #@$% Philippine Post Office

When was the last time you mailed something that passed through the Philippine mail service – you know, the post office, the Philippine Postal Corporation? Well, I did, via US registered mail pa talaga – 3 weeks ago. Sent it March 16 to be exact. It is April 2 now. I am tracking the reference […]