Substandard bunkhouses reportedly built for Haiyan victims: Where did the rest of the money go?

Philippine government thievery seems to remain alive and kicking, this time stealing victims of super-typhoon Haiyan (a.k.a. Yolanda) blind! Reports are emerging of widespread delivery and building of substandard facilities to house the victims all over the devastated region. Safety and sanitation concerns have reportedly been raised by field officers of the Camp Coordination and […]

Philippines on its own as foreign military personnel pull out of Yolanda disaster zones

Foreign relief personnel including up to 12,000 United States troops who had participated in the relief effort following the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) are set to pull out of the Philippines soon reports Capt. Rafael Mariano, director of the multinational coordinating center. “The U.S. was among the first responders here,” Mariano said. “Their unique […]

Instead of ending corruption, Noynoy Aquino encourages it

There is something about Filipino public servants and Philippine society in general that could make one lose faith in humanity. It could be the fact that a lot of public servants do not have any qualms about lying to and stealing from the Filipino public. Or it could be the fact that the majority of […]

Many Philippine politicians are corrupt because Filipinos allow it

Philippine society’s dysfunctional culture is evident yet again in the latest scandal involving some members of Philippine Congress and how they channel their Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) or “pork barrel funds” into bogus projects. The fact that a lot of Filipinos have predicted that the main character in this sorry saga, Janet Lim Napoles, […]

Gloria Arroyo’s prosecution is beginning to look like Renato Corona’s trial-by-media circus

President Benigno Simeon Aquino acted like a spoiled brat once again after Pasay City Judge Jesus Mupas allowed former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) to be released on bail on grounds that the prosecution had provided weak evidence to support their case against her on the charge of “electoral sabotage”? A day after GMA was granted […]

Senator Miriam Santiago is just what the doctor ordered for the prosecution

I know what the Philippines needs. We need more people like Senator Miriam Santiago. We need more people like her who won’t think twice about saying the truth. Senator Santiago doesn’t care about what other people think of her because she has the balls to tell them outright when they are being stupid. And the […]

The Big Con: The triumphant return of Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson

In Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film Catch Me If You Can, Frank Abagnale Jr (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) manages to cash more than $2.5 million in bogus cheques while eluding law enforcement authorities who pursued him all over the world. Abagnale was eventually caught and his expertise as a forger and counterfeiter was put to good […]