Is Ping Lacson gay (not that there is anything wrong with that)?

Now that former Senator and Philippine National Police Chief Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson is at the centre of the Napoles List revelation frenzy gripping the land, attention has been drawn to his sexual orientation. So a question as big as the question of the culpability of a bunch of legislators implicated in the pork barrel scam […]

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 […]

The curious case of multiple Napoles List versions

We are amidst a flurry of multiple Napoles Lists — each with different sets of names — emerging from the woodwork! At last count there are four bozos holding such lists — former Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, former whistleblower Sandra Cam, and no less than Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” […]

Emerging presidential candidates for 2016: a reflection of Philippine intellectual bankruptcy

See, this is why I continue to assert that the Philippines is an intellectually-bankrupt society. Well into the second decade of the 21st Century, Filipinos continue to fail to step up to the challenge of injecting a bit of innovation in their politics. For all the hoo-ha about “empowering” effect of “social media”, activism has […]

MMFF 2013: A-Grade ‘Boy Golden’ loses to B-Grade Kris Aquino film ‘My Little Bossings’

Controversy has erupted over what is perceived to be politically-motivated selection of the honour roll of awardees in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). Only two films were rated “A” by the Cinema Evaluation Board in the 2013 MMFF — Shoot To Kill: Boy Golden of Scenema Concept and Viva Films which stars Governor […]

Thievery in Philippine government: The many creative ways of naming pork

The acronyms may change, but the principles remain the same: Executives execute, and legislators legislate. Senators who were allegedly “rewarded” by President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III were supposedly given additional “appropriations” on top of their pork barrel allocations through a Malacañang appropriations mechanism called the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). Why did legislators need to […]

PNoy misled public on pork barrel funds: It’s still in the budget and legislators still want it

Tax evasion should not be a criminal offense anymore in the Philippines. After all, some of the country’s public servants, those who blatantly steal taxpayers’ money, do not get prosecuted or go to jail. It is even quite baffling how members of Congress made a big deal out of former Chief Justice Renato Corona’s undeclared […]