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Almost 40 years apart as Malacañang tenants, Presidents Macapagal and Arroyo seem to walk a similar political path. PRESIDENT GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO has always been compared with her father, the late President Diosdado Macapagal, and the Chief Executive doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, she has often publicly stated that she is her father’s daughter. When [...]

Posted on November 10, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Politics

Let us count the ways DO YOU FEEL THAT TRAFFIC SPEED IN METRO MANILA HAS INCREASED BY TWO KILOMETERS PER HOUR? HAVE you bought commonly prescribed medicine at half its known retail price? Do you see more urban poor families with decent shelter? Have you noticed improvements in law enforcement? Have you ever wondered why [...]

Posted on November 10, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Politics

Members of a UP fraternity keep their ties even when in opposite camps IN THE MIDDLE OF NILO TAYAG’S CONSECRATION as a bishop of the Iglesia Catolica Filipina Independiente on March 19, 1993, there was a commotion. Col. Gregorio Honasan arrived, and the audience at the Marikina Cathedral wanted to have a look at the [...]

Posted on October 27, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Politics

Joey Marquez shows poor appreciation of the dynamics of lawmaking WHEN HE WAS ELECTED vice mayor of the municipality of Paranaque in 1992, Joey Marquez, in one of his first official acts, sponsored a resolution exempting the legislative staff—meaning, employees assigned to him and the councilors—from using the bundy clock. His Municipal Resolution 920 in [...]

Posted on October 27, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Politics

THEY SAY BEHIND EVERY great man is a woman. In this case, the reverse is true. If, as they say, Vilma Santos-Recto lent her popularity to Ralph Recto during the 2001 senatorial elections, it was Ralph’s reputation as a congressman in Batangas that helped Vilma gain the credibility she needed to win as mayor of [...]

Posted on October 27, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Politics

In separate cases, the Ombudsman and the Swiss government are moving in on Hernando Perez TIME MAY BE RUNNING OUT FOR former Justice Secretary Hernando “Nani” Perez. The extortion case filed against him by disgraced congressman Mark Jimenez appears to be finally moving in the Office of the Ombudsman. Perez is also facing investigation for [...]

Posted on October 13, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Politics

Abdullah’s strong points are his expertise in Islam and his Mr. Clean image NOBODY IS EXPECTING INCOMING Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to outperform retiring veteran Mahathir Mohamad or undo any of the policies that have turned the country into an economic powerhouse. Fondly called Pak Lah (fatherly Abdullah), the 64-year-old Abdullah had repeatedly said [...]

Posted on October 13, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Politics, Special Reports

A missing check could be the smoking gun CAN SOMEONE WIN THE LOTTO JACKPOT without guessing the correct six-digit combination? If Sen. Panfilo Lacson were to be believed, one Jose Pidal was that lucky on Feb. 28, 2003. Pidal became richer by P1.35 million without buying a ticket and hitting the day’s mega lotto winning [...]

Posted on September 29, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Politics

TO AN EMPLOYEE PAYING THE minimum contribution of P104 or the maximum P1,420 a month to the Social Security System (SSS), what should the alleged P33.6-million savings account held by Jose Pidal with Union Bank mean? It can mean taking part of the huge amount of money, if the SSS employees’ union will have its [...]

Posted on September 29, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Politics

“IT SEEMS THAT HIS FAVORITE CITY IN THE WORLD IS San Francisco.” This was how a lawmaker described to NEWSBREAK the extent of First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo’s real estate acquisitions in the United States that Sen. Panfilo Lacson is said to have uncovered. The land, office buildings, and apartment buildings, allegedly bought by the [...]

Posted on September 15, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Politics

The President’s eldest son believes he was groomed for politics by his grandparents, Diosdado and Evangelina Macapagal

Posted on August 18, 2003   |   CATEGORY: People, Politics, Profiles, Today's Feature
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