ILLEGAL and arbitrary.
This is how some groups including the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) have described the continued detention of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo based on what they claim as flimsy and trumped-up charges.
This developed as efforts to release former Arroyo from detention gathered momentum following the acquittal of former Comelec Commissioner Benjamin Abalos from graft charges in connection with the much-maligned NBN- ZTE deal.
International human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin-Clooney who has been at the forefront of continuing initiatives to free the former president noted that her continued arrest is illegal and arbitrary.
The Aquino government suffered a huge legal setback after Sandiganbayan cleared Abalos from graft charges over the aborted $329-million national…
ALL BETS are on the table!
All roads lead to polling centers today as people from all walks of life troop to Comelec designated areas all over the country to cast their vote that will determine the leaders especially the next president who will take over the reins of this long- suffering nation for the next six years.
GREATER CHASM BETWEEN THE RICH AND POOR
Ever since the birth of our young democracy a little less than a century ago, several presidential elections have already been held with each exercise offering a fresh ray of hope for the people.
Unfortunately, those past elections that also featured at least two people power uprisings read: coup d’etat did not help much to bring real changes for our country especially to the common people.
Instead, the rich keeps getting richer while the poor remais poor as each election…
POLITICS really makes for strange bedfellows!
As if heeding the words of Benjamin Disraeli who said that finality is not the word of politics, a group that claims to espouse transparency and accountability in governance has came out and formed a political movement called Kilusang JoLen.
OPPOSING POLITICAL FENCES
The formation of Kilusang JoLen which is obviously supporting the candidacies of Vice President Jojo Binay and Rep. Leni Robredo who came from two opposing political fences, came at a time that the campaign period for the 2016 presidential elections is about to reach the homestretch.
But the convenors of the group are convinced that they could make up for the lost time and the victory of the tandem no matter how strange it may seem could pave the way for a truly good and ideal governance that “would best serve the interests of the people”.
GENESIS OF JOLEN