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Getting away with plunder

The acquittal last week of former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., and his alleged accomplices’ being found guilty and sentenced to the mandatory penalty for plunder of reclusion perpetua (20 to 30 years’ imprisonment) has understandably raised doubts over the justice of the decision. Two of the five associate justices of the Sandiganbayan’s First Division…

Arrogance of power and corruption syndrome

By SATUR OCAMPO After President Duterte signed this week the P3.767-trillion 2018 national budget passed by his “supermajority” in the 17th Congress, the pork barrel funds purposely hidden within it – funds that the Supreme Court, in 2013, declared as unconstitutional — have become a public issue again. And it’s not only the devious undermining…

Pork

Ni XEUS DELA CRUZ FOJA Nakakataba ng puso Ang pangako Ni candidate Duterte: “I will abolish corruption in government.” Sabay hiyawan ang 16 million ka-DDS. Taas-kamao. Hashtag ChangeisComing. After 6 months, “Iba si Candidate Duterte Kay President Duterte.” What’s Diokno cooking in Duterte’s Kitchen? Ibang timpla Parehong-pareho ang lasa. Kumalam ang sikmura ng mga representative…

#AbolishPork

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Now it’s the turn of Senate President Franklin Drilon to be investigated for the alleged overpricing of government projects, especially the Iloilo Convention Center. It could be remembered that it was Kabataan Party-list Rep. Terry Ridon who first brought to the public’s attention the alleged overpricing of the Iloilo Convention…