Everything you've wanted to know about RP politics, but were afraid to ask.


Posted by akosistella on March 11, 2010

The Emperor/Inquirer

IT SHOULD come as no surprise to the new chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines that President Macapagal-Arroyo’s legitimacy problem extends even, or especially, to his own appointment. Lt. Gen. Delfin Bangit, code-named “Emperor,” ought to know that his perceived closeness to the appointing power will always be suspect—at least until President Arroyo actually turns Malacañang over to her successor, as scheduled, on June 30. It’s not his fault; it’s hers.

Click Inquirer

Fourth most corrupt | The Philippine Star

From an improvement last year, the Philippines has once again slipped in the latest annual survey of corruption in the Asia-Pacific. In the poll, conducted by the Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy, the Philippines was ranked as the fourth most corrupt among 16 major investment destinations in the region, worsening from sixth place in the previous year, although still an improvement from its worst country status in 2008.

Click The Philippine Star.

Cultural flaw

PALACE propagandists have turned into amateur sociologists cum anthropologists in trying to dismiss the Philippines’ worsening standing among the most corrupt countries in Southeast Asia.

“Ang corruption, that is an old, old problem. It is a problem in our culture, di lang institutions, pati kultura natin sa pulitika at civic life,” Gary Olivar, deputy presidential spokesman, said.

Click Malaya

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