3 core principles that should define a NATIONAL-SCALE Anti Pork Barrel Movement henceforth

Seems the decision to hold the official presidential Independence Day celebration in Naga City, Camarines Sur was shrewdly-timed considering that a big anti-Pork rally is scheduled to be mounted in Luneta Park that same afternoon. According to an ABS-CBN News report, Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III used the occasion mainly to slam critics […]

Grassroots Participatory Budget Process (GPBP): Malacanang’s new Pork Barrel distribution machine?

Now that Department of Budget Management Secretary Butch Abad is in hot water over allegations surrounding (among others) his being lead architect of the gazillion-peso presidential slush fund — the ‘Disbursement Acceleration Program’ (DAP) — purportedly used to fund efforts to motivate Philippine Senators to deliver a favourable verdict in the 2012 impeachment of former […]

Can Senator Franklin Drilon survive Sandra Cam’s version of the Napoles List?

Senate President Franklin Drilon may have escaped scrutiny after his seemingly baffling ommission from the the respective versions of the Napoles List bandied by President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima, and former Senator and Philippine National Police Chief Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson, but he apparently did not escape […]

Senator JV Ejercito exacts groundbreaking apology from Napoles List mongerers!

Until recently, the core dysfunction in the collective thinking faculties of Philippine society has largely gone unpenalised. Careers have been broken, people unjustly imprisoned, and suicides committed because of this. The current imbroglio that Philippine politics has now found itself neck-deep in following the grossly-misguided release of various lists of alleged pork barrel thieves by […]

PNoy shows he is also corrupt when he defends political allies included in Napoles Lists

When he is not playing the role of his party mates’ campaign manager, you can find Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino playing the lead role of their defense counsel. Yes, defending members of his inner circle, particularly cabinet secretaries who have been implicated in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam or pork barrel […]

Budget Secretary Butch Abad’s loyal chief-of-staff Clare Amador defends her boss!

Since the release to the public of lists of government officials and members of Congress who’d allegedly had dealings with alleged pork barrel scam ringleader Janet Lim Napoles, the scramble to clear names and deny, deny, and deny has been pure madness. One of the more notable of the names mentioned in these lists is […]

Cat’s out of the bag: Names named as various Napoles Lists revealed to public!

A GMA News report lists “13 incumbent senators and six former senators” and also included “one Cabinet member, Budget Secretary Florencio ‘Butch’ Abad.” The incumbent Senators in the list include Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile, and Bong Revilla as well as… – Alan Peter Cayetano – Pilar Juliana “Pia” Cayetano – Francis “Chiz” Escudero […]

And the massive national quibble over the content of the Napoles Lists is on!

As expected, the usual suspects are taking the top-management cue and mounting a massive online quibble over the contents of a bunch of name-and-shame lists, purportedly of members of Congress who’ve had “dealings” with alleged pork barrel scam ringleader Janet Lim Napoles, floating around. What exactly will these lists prove? Nothing really. What is at […]