Archive for the ‘Governance’ Category

By Julius D. Mariveles LOCAL GOVERNMENT officials in Negros Occidental who were the first to issue a statement of support for President Benigno S. Aquino III over the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) are now bucking calls for a...

By Cong B. Corrales AN ONLINE petition started last year calling on Philippine government officials to ride the trains has again been making the rounds on the Internet. This, in the wake of another accident that injured dozens of commuters when a...

CONTRARY to the spirit and letter of the Constitution, in practice it is the Office of the President, not Congress, which holds the power of the purse, according to former national treasurer Leonor Magtolis Briones, lead convenor of Social Watch...

A MAJORITY or 53 percent of Filipinos consider the Senate investigation into the pork barrel scam to be "not fair" because "only those not allied with the current administration are being investigated and charged." In contrast, only 30 percent of...

WHAT FOLLOWS is the full text of a letter from Atty Prima Quinsayas, legal counsel of the Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists (FFFJ) on a number of issued that had been raised recently by Atty. Harry Roque, her fellow private prosecutor in the Ampatuan...

Says he's open to an investigation BAYAN MUNA Party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares said he keeps an open mind about an investigation amid reports that he earmarked P25 million worth of projects funded by the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). At...

By Julius D. Mariveles Dismayed witnesses, confusion over the tasks of lawyers, and questions about the commitment of the government in the prosecution of the case - these and more are some of the concerns raised by at least 44 families of the Ampatuan...