LML Polettiques (397)

Profiles in corruption: 'Jose Velarde' — the impeached president

Wednesday, 21 February 2024 05:18 Written by
Sixth of a seriesJOSEPH "Erap" Estrada has gone through several elective positions that prepared him for the presidency — post-Ferdinand E. Marcos. His partisans described him as one of the most experienced Philippine politicians, having been elected vice president for…

Profiles in corruption: FVR 'Boy Benta' — PH fire sale

Thursday, 15 February 2024 05:09 Written by
Fifth of a seriesPRESIDENT Fidel Valdez Ramos (FVR) is an enigmatic figure in the country's contemporary history. He was a strategist and a master tactician. More importantly, he understood the opportunities handed to him by fate, more by serendipity than…

Profiles in corruption: GMA, Hello Garci, NBN-ZTE, atbp.

Wednesday, 07 February 2024 21:50 Written by
Fourth of a series IN the 2004 presidential elections, sample surveys showed the incumbent President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA), slightly ahead of the challenger, the charismatic actor Fernando Poe Jr. On June 5, 2004, while the vote counting was going…

Profiles in corruption: Pharmally and the Chinese connection

Friday, 02 February 2024 23:43 Written by
Third of a seriesTHE third part of this series focuses on President Rodrigo Duterte. The controversial human rights violations resulting from Duterte's war against illegal drugs, which killed thousands, both innocent and guilty, is one of the greatest blights on…

Profiles in corruption: The Cory legacy

Thursday, 25 January 2024 19:59 Written by
Second of a seriesTHE first part of this series on the riveting Philippine corruption tales portrayed the stark display of naked power by President Noynoy Aquino when their Cojuangco family heirloom, their crown jewel, the Hacienda Luisita, was threatened and…

Profiles in corruption: The 'honorable' senators

Wednesday, 17 January 2024 05:09 Written by
First of a seriesWHILE still fresh in our memories, we review some of the great accounts of corruption in the country. These are cautionary tales for BBM, who is perceived to be taking his administration on a crusade to whitewash…

Appalling prospects for 2024 and beyond — wars and global warming

Wednesday, 10 January 2024 08:25 Written by
AT the start of a new year, people are normally buoyant that things will get better, discarding the practices of the old with new year's resolutions that are soon discarded before the first month is out. My view is contrarian:…

An agonizing start for 2024

Wednesday, 03 January 2024 09:16 Written by
THE Abrahamic religions have different perspectives and treatment of Christmas. For Christians, a big thing as they commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. It was first celebrated circa the 4th century on December 25, the date of his birth traditionally…
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