Tables turn on PNoy: The future of the DAP is a political issue rather than a legal issue

President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III in his usual form again tried to play down the absolute impropriety with which his government is managing the funds associated with his Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) by reportedly pointing out that those who had brought attention to its use were motivated by the flak they’ve been getting as […]

Discretionary power over public funds: How much pork does a Philippine president really need?

The raging controversy surrounding pork barrel thievery in Congress and MalacaƱang highlights just how weak a state the Philippines is. It is weak because its people rely on “strong leadership” as a proxy to what should be a grassroots bottom-up approach to applying what, by now, should be a deeply-ingrained sense of civic duty. Instead […]