LAUDABLE MOVE

FOR QUITE some time now, the outgoing Aquino administration has been at the receiving end of severe and cruel criticisms for being inefficient, corrupt, slowpoke, insensitive and the likes.

While President Aquino and his officials are trying very hard to put up a brave face by trumpeting their alleged economic ‘gains’, there is no denying the fact the people who voted for him six years ago terribly disappointed.

In fact, the failures of the administration in almost every aspect of governance were so glaring that opposition leader Sen. Juan Ponce-Enrile was prompted to declare that the government took a vacation…

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DUTERTE SHOULD COME CLEAN

SENATOR ANTONIO Trilanes IV first caught the country’s imagination when he led a group of fellow young soldiers and staged the so-called Oakwood Mutiny on July 27, 2003, to dramatize what they described as rampant graft and corruption in the government of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Then while in prison, he surprised everyone when he ran for senator and won during the 2007 elections.

As a sitting senator, Trillanes again made the headlines in 2012 when he was exposed as President Aquino’s backchannel negotiator in the country’s continuing territorial row with China over the South China Sea.

During his alleged…

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THE DOER, THE WINNER!

Liberal Party presidential bet Mar Roxas is confident that he will “gain the upper hand” in the presidential polls on May 9.

Before hundreds of Liberal Party leaders and die-hard “RoRo” (Roxas/Robredo) supporters, at Club Filipino, on April 14, he expressed his confidence that would emerge victorious in the upcoming elections.

Of course, bashers have pooh-poohed Roxas’ assertions that he will win the 2016 elections.

How, they have wondered, could someone lagging behind in presidential surveys and the butt of all kinds of jokes and criticism be so confident of a win?

The answer is simple. Among presidentiables, Roxas alone…

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DIGONG’S ‘RAPE JOKE’ DRAWS FLAK FROM ‘PINAYS,’ DIPLOMATS

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s true character unravels as election day draws near.

Just last week, the “tough-talking” presidential candidate drew the ire of outraged citizens, particularly Filipino women, and foreign dignitaries after making a “rape joke” about an Australian missionary who was among the hostages and later killed by inmates in Davao City back in 1989.

Even those used to the Mayor’s offensive language — such as last year when he cursed Pope Francis, after which he formally apologized to the Vatican — are now freshly shocked at his recent infamous words, “…dapat mayor ang mauna.” It meant that…

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 SURVEYS SHOULD BE FOR ANALYSIS, NOT FOR MIND-CONDITIONING

As one of OpinYon’s regular columnists have put it succinctly on this week’s issue, mudslinging and black propaganda are again making its mark in the Philippine political scene in the upcoming May elections.

One apparent unfortunate victim of such “dirty tactics” is LP presidential bet Mar Roxas. For months on end, surveys from the Philippines’ top “poll centers” like Pulse Asia have put him either in third or fourth place, over “more popular” rivals such as Senator Grace Poe and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

But is there any reason to believe in the surveys?

The fact that political surveys…

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