Jojo A. Robles

Hypocrisy happens

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There is now a growing movement calling for the resignation of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, the supposed mentor of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles and the most prominent Executive official named in her definitive “Napolist” affidavit of beneficiaries and enablers. Abad has not given any indication that he will quit his position any time soon, which is really a mystery to me.

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The true irony, of course, is that a government that promised freedom of information and which leveraged the power of the Internet to get elected has worked instead, upon its assumption to power, to pass a Cybercrime law, whose draconian methods of suppression it defended all the way to the Supreme Court. As they say on the street: “Anyare?”

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Making up lists

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Everybody and his head executive assistant, it seems, is hell-bent on playing Santa Claus in the heat of May. You know, making up lists of the naughty and the nice.

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Our #SochiFail

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Since the recent start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, organizers have been accused of being unprepared, not only to address the basic requirements of the athletes, but also the needs of visiting media, tourists and just about everyone else who made the long trip to witness the Games.

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Na zdraví, Rychtar

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The last thing the Czech foreign office, which must be updated about the actions of its ambassador to Manila, Josef Rychtar, should do is to recall its top diplomat here – even if the administration of President Noynoy Aquino demands it. Rychtar should be allowed to continue to point out the hypocrisy of a government that declares it is against corruption, but will defend a mid-level bureaucrat who is accused of shaking down a foreign company.

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Karma at work

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I, too, do not believe that former Chief Justice Renato Corona can (or should even attempt to) reassume his old post. But I also think that Corona will ultimately be absolved—if not in the Senate records and in the law books, then in the hearts and minds of his thoroughly misled countrymen.

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Not the solution

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To hear him talk, some people can be forgiven if they think that President Noynoy Aquino has single-handedly found the permanent solution to centuries of Muslim rebellion in Mindanao.

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Lies upon lies

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It’s no big deal, President Noynoy Aquino said yesterday. After all, he said he met not only with Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. during the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, but with “at least three more senators” who were trying Corona’s case in the Senate at the time.

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Mar’s latest snafu

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They say that those who live in glass houses, especially in the Cubao area, shouldn’t throw stones. This is particularly true if they intend to run for President and pick socialites with controversial parents for bridesmaids at their wedding.

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The new normal

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You’d think that, post-Yolanda, the Aquino administration and its agencies would jump at the next chance to prove that they have learned something in the field of managing natural calamities. And yet, five days after heavy rains started pounding and flooding Butuan City and other areas in Northern Mindanao, there is not even a mention of what government is doing to ease the suffering of hundreds of thousands of people there.

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