Editorial & Opinion

No compassion

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How sweet it is, the old, ironic Spanish proverb tells us, to do nothing and then to rest afterwards. And it is truly ironic that the President whose biggest supposed failing is a very visible lack of a work ethic is taking a holiday break from work.

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As Dave Barry said, I am not making this up: The ambassador of Thailand, Prasas Prasasvinitchai, was warned that he would be recalled to his home country if he did not course a shipment of relief goods donated to the Philippines through the, uh, proper channels.

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CSI: Manila returns

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It’s not true that there’s a ban on hammer sales at the mall. But the order to regulate the sale of hammers – which is based on an agreement signed between the police and mall owners earlier this year, after a similar attack by the so-called “Martilyo Gang” – reminds me of a problem that once supposedly stymied NASA, the American space agency.

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Senate President Franklin Drilon and Senator Francis Escudero have condemned looters in Tacloban City and other places hit by Typhoon Yolanda. But I confess that I don’t remember either of these two fine gentlemen uttering a word against the theft of billions in pork barrel funds by their own colleagues in Congress.

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Mar’s self-sabotage

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It’s an old joke but it still bears repeating: Warays were the first casualties when Typhoon Yolanda hit. Almost immediately after, Mar Roxas’ presidential ambitions also died.

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Noynoy’s all alone

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Senate President Franklin Drilon asked the president of a major network to fire a prominent broadcast journalist who has been critical of him. Then, in true two-faced politician fashion, Drilon had the nerve to deny that he did just that to the broadcaster, when they met.

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Pac-Man vs. Taxman

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I knew President Noynoy Aquino would eventually weigh in on the tax case lodged by the Bureau of Internal Revenue against Manny Pacquiao. And yesterday, in Bohol, Aquino finally did – and walked straight into a stiff left from the champ.

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‘Boy Scout’ Aquino

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To paraphrase Friedrich Nietzche, finding out that you’ve been told a lie isn’t as bad as realizing that you can no longer believe in the person who lied to you. And when the liar pretends to be an upright person, it’s that much worse.

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Bubble, bubble

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Is Jesse Colombo the Anderson Cooper of the Philippine economic situation? And will the worldwide economic press that the Philippine government has long been using to paint a rosy picture of growth wise up, as well, to the propaganda?

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Napoles’ mentor?

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So, the now-insanely famous Janet Lim Napoles is about to testify in the Senate about how, basically, she got rich by converting money intended for government projects into cash to line her and her favored lawmakers’ pockets.

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