Archive for the ‘Freedom of Information’ Category

FIVE YEARS AGO as president-elect, Benigno S. Aquino III promised to endorse, support, and push the passage of the Freedom of Information Act. Five years hence as President, he has spurned his promise. For over two hours, he delivered his...

By Rowena F. Caronan FIVE YEARS AGO, when President Benigno S. Aquino III delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), he made specific policy promises on economic reforms and job creation – on top of his overall promise of change:...

HE DELIVERS today his sixth and last State of the National Address. But President Benigno S. Aquino III and the citizens he calls his "Boss" might do well to go back to script and check his "Social Contract with the Filipino People." This, he said...

“ANG IPINANGAKO ko talaga is, during the 16th Congress. Bitayin ninyo ako kung matapos ito at hindi pa nakakapasa.” [What I have promised was, during the 16th Congress (it will pass). When it ends and this does no pass, you can hang me."] Thus...

THE IGLESIA NI CRISTO is a church at the crossroads. It has been so for many years now, albeit in a benign and quiet way. This week though, a rupture in the INC hierarchy broke out in the open. Two members of the family of the INC's founding patriarch...

TINKER, TAILOR, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar-man, thief. That is an ancient rhyme. President, prime minister, statesman, strongman, leader, dealer, tyrant, thug? That could well be a rhyme for our time. In their own words, see...

COURTING THE IRE of presidents and prime ministers might be par for the course for journalists when they ask sharp, testy questions. Sometimes, too, instead of responding to the questions, the former sometimes fire back at the latter with verbal assault....