By the time the Senate investigation on the Jose Pidal issue terminates, it is possible that the public will still be unable to make head or tail of the truth to the claims and counterclaims made by all parties to this issue. That will be another public interest unserved. Certainly the public has a legitimate interest in knowing whether or not the First Gentleman Mr. Jose Miguel Arroyo was involved in money laundering as alleged by Senator Panfilo Lacson. Two key factors stand in the way of finding the truth: the Bank Secrecy Law and the nature of a Senate investigation.
The world can be truly confusing to a preschooler. He sees a movie on TV where the villain is good-looking, lives in big and expensive houses, is surrounded by beautiful and sexy women, and drives a new luxury car. For most of the movie, he gets the upper hand. The hero is poor and suffers a lot. It is only in the end that he beats the villain and sends him to kingdom come.
What is the message of the movie? The movie is supposed to be saying that good triumphs in the end. But many adults would get a different message. The message that they get is that it’s okay to be a villain so long as they avoid being beaten by the hero. After all, the movie hero does not exist in real life.
Many say you are not winnable because you do not have the funds for a serious campaign, or for ensuring your votes will be counted. They say that despite many offers to contribute to your campaign, you refused because you do not wish to become president through the help of those with dubious agenda. You have said many times: “People win elections and not money.” That is theoretically true but unrealistic based on the historical reality of elections, not only here but in practically any country where people choose leaders through popular elections.
The perception that corruption under the Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) administration is rampant sticks. Some serious charges exposed by the so-called Magdalo group in connection with unabated corruption in the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Panfilo Lacson’s startling accusations against “Jose Pidal” are the latest dramatic examples.
With Mindanao again roiling in strife, the meat of broadsheet reporting has spotlighted the conflict’s headline-making aspects: the sprays of bullets, the casualties, the political players. This essay adds an economic dimension to the coverage by investigating the violent conflict-chronic poverty link in the region.
I had a strange experience while watching television the other night. I was watching a football game between InterMilan and Galatasaray when the now familiar CNN Breaking News image flashed on the TV screen.