On change at home: The need for the Filipino’s sight to be trained longer than the short term

The Filipina, in general, has not received the international accolade she deserves; especially not with the impressions that certain women Filipinos — Napoles and the multi-billion tax scam is the latest — provide the world.  So when Megan Young was crowned Ms. World 2013, her achievement meant a lot, politically, to local women back home. […]

Of a dangerous class

It has been seen that the dangers incident to a representative democracy are of two kinds: danger of a low grade of intelligence in the representative body, and in the popular opinion which controls it; and danger of class legislation on the part of the numerical majority, these being all composed of the same class. […]

Today, face the music

The crises we’re faced now, today, are the remains of the past. This is not the first time corruption and plunder have cropped up but when these did years ago nothing was done about it. Or if there was, it was superficial, not really institutional change. So unless we do something substantial about these crises […]

Injustice everywhere

There’s now again a murdered journalist.  Government vowed to bring him and his family justice.  The massacre of 30 journalists in 2009 in Maguindanao – condemned by the international press community – allegedly by the local elected official then is still on pre-trial. Prior to the Pork Barrel Scam, there was the expose of the Bureau […]

Integrity in public officials

…pathetic government compensation scheme…is the main reason honest bureaucrats are getting harder to find these days. – Butch del Castillo, Columnist, Business Mirror I find this connection faulty (although I’m also for a review of the current government pay scheme) because there are many brilliant young people who are graduates of top schools working in […]

Review of REPUBLIC ACT No. 1379: An Act Declaring Forfeiture in Favor of the State any Property Found to have been Unlawfully Acquired

Section 1. Definitions. (a) For the purposes of this Act, a “public officer or employee” means any person holding any public office or employment by virtue of an appointment, election or contract, and any person holding any office or employment, by appointment or contract, in any State owned or controlled corporation or enterprise. (b) “Other legitimately acquired […]

Review of REPUBLIC ACT NO. 3019: Anti-Graft And Corrupt Practices Act

The two Republic Acts (on Plunder as well as this one) that in the Philippines, immunity as being bandied by Senators and members of Congress named in the COA report does not apply when the case is plunder, graft and corruption. This is why, again, as mentioned in earlier articles here, it is unacceptable to […]

Review of Article 217 of ACT NO. 3815 or The Revised Penal Code of the Philippines

CRIMES COMMITTED BY PUBLIC OFFICERS Chapter One PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS Art. 203. Who are public officers. — For the purpose of applying the provisions of this and the preceding titles of this book, any person who, by direct provision of the law, popular election or appointment by competent authority, shall take part in the performance of […]

Review of REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7080: An Act Defining and Penalizing The Crime Of Plunder

The country does not lack in pertinent laws.  A review of the salient points in RA 7080 renders the ongoing process in the plunder of the PDAF chaotic (e.g. IAGCC appears redundant given that the law has already the Sandiganbayan as the competent court having jurisdiction over cases of plunder; why wait for the ‘roomful […]