nother whistleblower Ruby Tuason will soon testify before the Department of Justice, and the
And probably before the Ombudsman,
the Batasan committees,
the Sandiganbayan and other courts as well. Her appearances will likely
involve high drama, moving testimony, and bombshell revelations that will be
plastered across the front pages of Philippine dailies and reverberate
throughout social media.
But will it change
anything? That seems to be the sixty-four thousand dollar question. Filipinos have
seen this so many times before. A few "big time" whistleblowers in the recent
past were: Mary “Rosebud” Ong, who in 2001 accused Sen. Panfilo Lacson,
then-head of the Philippine National Police, of involvement in drug
trafficking and kidnap for ransom activities; In 2002 Equitable Bank vice
president in charge of trust accounts Clarissa Ocampo, testified during
President Joseph Estrada’s impeachment trial that she saw him sign bank
documents under the name Jose Velarde; In 2007 Jun Lozada president of the
Philippine Forest Corp. along with NEDA director general Romulo Neri, and
businessman Jose “Joey” de Venecia III of Amsterdam Holdings, Inc. testified
before the Philippine Senate that President Gloria Arroyo, First Gentleman
Mike Arroyo, and COMELEC Chairman Benjamin Abalos, Sr. were involved in a
kickback scheme involving billions of pesos in what became known as the
They were all riveting
dramas in their time. Filipinos everywhere soaked them up—but nothing
happened. None of the above cases have ever been resolved with finality.
Public interest faded, people moved on and Philippine lawyers went to work
gumming up the “works” to keep those cases pending in legal limbo forever.
That’s how it is in the
Philippines—justice doesn’t work. Nothing is resolved, no one is punished,
the nation just shrugs its shoulders and goes on with life waiting for the
next big scandal to break. And Filipino lawyers have become so good at
obfuscation and twisting reality that like master magicians they can make
even a mountain of evidence disappear. So no one should be surprised if at
some point in the future those now accused of the Maguindanao massacre are
As we pointed out in a
previous article, Philippine justice is for the most part non-existent,
inutile, a sham. All Filipinos know this. Thus, why try to make money the hard,
honest way when you can do it the easy, dishonest way and get away with it.
So the question is will the
testimony of Ruby Tuason result in the conviction of any of the senators
involved in the PDAF scandal? Don’t count on it. Based on the past, nothing
will happen. One of those accused might even become president of the country
one day. And Ruby Tuason’s bombshell revelations will end up as just another
obscure footnote in Philippine history.
For much of the last month, my Facebook friends in Metro Manila have been posting comments lamenting their helplessness at being condemned to spend a great portion of what is left of their productive lives stuck in hours of traffic with no hope in sight. They now appreciate why Dan Brown described Manila in his book, Inferno, as “the gates of hell” specifically referring to its “six-hour traffic jams (and) suffocating pollution”.
Since 1620 when the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, people the world over
have migrated to America in search of a better life. Filipinos are no
exception. In the '70s and '80s Filipinos who were able to, left for the
U.S. to escape the tyranny of the Marcos regime; today they leave is to
escape the poverty and the lack of opportunity in their homeland.
Whatever the reason, Filipino migrants quickly shed their old habits and
attitudes and embraced American culture.
Both United States and Philippine Governments to Blame for Death of Jeffery "Jennifer" Laude
The United States and Philippine governments share the blame for the tragedy. Two young lives needlessly destroyed: the first, a young Filipino transgender found strangled inside a motel bathroom; the second a teenaged American serviceman now accused of murder.
Death of Filipino Transgender 'Jennifer' Laude Was Totally Preventable
The evening for the young US Marine and his Filipino date "Jennifer" began at the Ambyanz Disco Bar in Subic Bay, Olongapo and ended shortly before midnight at the Celzone Lodge where "Jennifer's" lifeless body was found leaning against the toilet bowl. Jennifer, it turns out was actually not originally a "she" but a "he." A Filipino transgender, Jeffrey Laude, 26, began calling himself "Jennifer" after medical procedures made him look more female than male.
Sorry Mr. President But PNP Chief Alan Purisima Has to Go
What’s with Philippine civil servants these days? It seems that you can stick all their pictures on a wall; throw a dart; and whoever’s photo it land on, that person can be successfully prosecuted for graft. It is unbelievable how pervasive and widespread corruption has become. We go from one corruption scandal to the next and there seems to be no end in sight.
Tear Down the Torre de Manila Building Being Built Behind the Rizal Monument?
According to the developer’s website, “Torre de Manila, DMCI Homes’ newest one-tower condominium, is an exclusive residential community right in the heart of the city.” As of this writing, the 49-story edifice is about halfway complete. But as it continues to rise, so too do the howls of protest from an eclectic collection of groups and individuals who want it torn down. Why? Torre de Manila will permanently mar the skyline behind the Rizal Monument.
How Ferdinand Marcos’s Martial Law Continues Hurting Filipinos to This Day
On the evening of September 23, 1972, two days after it had taken effect, Ferdinand Marcos announced via live television from Malacañang Palace that he had placed the Philippines under Martial Law. It was a calculated move by a devious politician to keep himself in power beyond what the Constitution allowed. A staged ambush attempt against his Defense Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile was the main excuse Marcos (or “Macoy” as he was deridingly referred to back then) used to strip Filipinos of all their constitutional rights. With that, the diminutive Ilocano from the backwaters of Batac, Ilocos Norte became the despotic dictator for over a decade.
Jejomar Binay Should Never Become President of the Philippines
In our July 25th editorial we asked if Vice President Jejomar Binay should be the next president of the Philippines. In this editorial we arrive at the definitive conclusion that that Binay should not be elected president. Since our last editorial, more witnesses have come forward with more allegations against the embattled Vice President. But our decision not to support Binay’s presidential bid is based on irrefutable public acts that in our opinion disqualify him from the presidency.