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New Philippine ‘maturity’ reaping rewards – analysts


President Benigno Aquino III and Chief Justice Renato Corona. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Manila, Philippines – The Philippines passed a crucial stress-test with the orderly sacking of its top judge, confirming a growing political maturity that is helping drive an economic revival, analysts say.

The Philippine economy has for decades been one of Asia’s biggest underachievers, bedevilled by coups, corruption and political chaos that scared off investors who instead pumped billions of dollars into neighbouring nations.

That is changing, amid a belief that President Benigno Aquino’s heavy focus during his first two years in office on fighting graft and improving standards of governance is starting to pay off.

“This whole commitment of this administration to fight corruption has reverberated and increased confidence,” said Peter Perfecto, head of the Makati Business Club, one of the nation’s most influential business groups.

One of the biggest wins for Aquino came in the last week when the Senate found the Supreme Court’s chief justice, Renato Corona, guilty of hiding more than $4 million in bank deposits and ordered him to be removed from office.

It was the first time a chief justice had been sacked and, remarkably for a country so used to political turmoil, passed with barely a whimper of a street protest and the military remaining respectfully silent.

“It was indeed an achievement to have the process completed without extra-constitutional efforts,” said Steven Rood, country representative of the Asia Foundation, a US-based group that promotes governance in the region.

When a bloodless “people power” revolt ended Ferdinand Marcos’ 20-year rule and revived democracy in 1986, it also convinced Filipinos that extra-legal shortcuts were the most effective way to resolve major political crises.

Corazon Aquino, the incumbent leader’s late mother, stared down military rebels and multiple coup attempts during her six years in office after replacing Marcos.

In 2001, military-backed street protests ousted then-president Joseph Estrada after his Senate impeachment trial for corruption broke down.

This led to the ascension of Gloria Arroyo, who survived three military rebellions but ended her near-decade in power in 2010 with a reputation for being corrupt. She has since been charged with vote-rigging.

She denies accusations of corruption.

Benigno Aquino has been able to maintain political stability because people and institutions largely believe his anti-graft campaign is delivering results.

“The current administration was elected on a platform that anti-corruption is the best economic strategy, and they continue to pursue that policy direction,” the Asia Foundation’s Rood said.

Other significant developments in Aquino’s drive include overhauling the budget disbursement system, reviewing Arroyo-era government contracts and naming an ex-Supreme Court justice as chief anti-corruption prosecutor.

He also named reformist bureau chiefs at the country’s main revenue-collection agencies, which have been aggressively filing cases against alleged big-time tax evaders and smugglers.

Crisanto Frianeza, secretary-general of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, praised Aquino’s efforts to cut red tape, a key obstacle that breeds corruption.

“Local governments are instituting a system that makes it easier to register a business. It still needs a lot of work, but compared to before, we already have a good system,” Frianeza said.

Analysts say that, amid all the reforms, it is no coincidence that foreign direct investments jumped 153.7 percent annually to $850 million in the first two months of this year.

The economy also grew 6.4 percent in the first quarter, topping all forecasts and one of the best-performing in Asia, while stock prices have hit record highs, up 14 percent this year.

Major credit-rating agencies have made six positive actions on the Philippines since Aquino came to office.

The latest, Moody’s upgrade on the Philippine outlook to positive from stable, came on the same day that the Senate sacked Corona.

Nevertheless, economists and analysts acknowledge that huge challenges remain.

Debt is still two rungs below investment grade and the World Bank’s International Finance Corp. rates the Philippines 136th globally among 183 economies in terms of ease of doing business.

Most crucially, even Aquino admits that the war on graft will take many years to win.

Corruption watchdog Transparency International ranked the Philippines the 129th most corrupt country out of 183 in 2011, slightly up from 134th the previous year.

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Tags: Benigno Aquino III , Economy , Impeachment , Philippines , Politics , Renato Corona

  • JJF724

    Totally agree with these article… Mabuhay

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HOCSZLQBWVGXXI2NZJ2P7LMPHA Leond Yobar

    Yan ang Presidente ko taas noo akong ay Pilipino. Hindi ako bayaran.

  • drew_casta

     I continue to support the President’s anti corruption drive and i say that so far, he is doing well. I just hope that this coming year, the positive economic developments will benefit and trickle down the lower rungs of the social ladder.

    I suggest the creation of a department in the government which specializes in Engineering and Applied Sciences. This, I think, will hasten the economic progress of the country. 

  • RobertoMagtuytoy

    “Corruption watchdog Transparency International ranked the Philippines the 129th most corrupt country out of 183 in 2011, slightly up from 134th the previous year.”

    Attention Fulpol,  Violeta55, TGM_erick  at sa lahat ng ANTI_PNOY, nasa 129th place from 134th on 2010, panahon ni GMA.Palagay ko masamang balita ito para sa inyo.  WORKHARDER.  Continue your ALIMASAG MENTALITY and propagate more negativities in PDI forum.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z6R2QAY7UWNJMTCRTED3JZXPIA Joey

    proud to be filpino!

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    There’s new definition now of “maturity” (of course as per the constant press release) and it is equated to “totally disregarding the ‘quasi-judicial’ part of the impeachment court via purely political considerations of evidence (or completely ignoring it), making it an American Idol-type impeachment court.  And giving due credit to the vindictive brainchild of an underachiever hollow man (with questions of psycholgical fitness)… Nope, Juan is not born yesterday!
    Hahaha, it’s more fun in the Philippines!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

      Get a life, move on..

      • JuanTamadachi

        The troll is being fed by your reactions.. Do not feed the troll and it will die instantly..

    • RomyLitz

      You are one of the Defense Team, condolence forever. You and your Corona world are useless bunch in our society. Yep, like the 63 year old Corona, you two were not born yesterday, but inexperienced as your fingers were caught in a cookie jar by 20 senators.

  • quirinomayer

    We are beginning to see and feel some results from the efforts of President Aquino. Things are starting to move the correct direction and the international community is beginning to take notice.  But of course, the crabs would rather dwell and gloat on his flaws and errors.

    Let it be noted that President Aquino reaped a lot of criticisms in connection with the impeachment of Corona but in the end it became very clear that the great majority of the public supported the move to cleanse the Supreme Court from an unwanted presence..  

    These are  just the beginning of the good things a president who has the good of the country in his heart could do for the nation. May God bless you, Pnoy!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    Great news indeed!

    I guess it would help if PHL will create more free zones in the country so that foreign investors will find it easier to put up businesses. One big advantage of the country is the ready pool of skilled manpower which other Southeast Asian countries don’t have.

  • 189mlq

    The removal of Mr. Corona from office gave the Filipino people a kind of hope that has not been felt for a very long time.

    • etsubayno_64

      the government unlawful removal of corona is hair raising that every man should fear 

  • jose_rizal11

    Two years pa lng yan with my President!!! wait for four more years and see the difference with the time of GMA!!! Go Go Go Philippines!!!

    • Bonggebongge

      Jose Rizal11 may jose rizal din dito na nagmamarakulyo pa din at nagpupuputakputak…yung isang Jose Rizal na puro negatibo ang pinagpupuputak…anyway…i agree with you GO GO GO Philippines…APIR…

  • ValencianoEd

    hopefully, we do not waste what was gained or what were gained in the impeach trial.  Time to work.  Enough with the euphoria.

  • wawa2172

    “The current administration was elected on a platform that
    anti-corruption is the best economic strategy, and they continue to
    pursue that policy direction,” the Asia Foundation’s Rood said.

    I guess there is something wrong here, the sacking of the top magistrate of the country was not about corruption because he was not convicted na may ninakaw siya sa kaban nang bayan. The sacking is a political one, meaning he has violated a provision in the constitution that he did not disclosed everything in his SALN. I would say the verdict has nothing to do with corruption of the top magistrate. Corruption is something like the missing thousand of containers at the customs that happened during Noy admin, the DSWD dole out program where 600,000 unqualified indigents receive cash from the government, the very slow to finish road repair of the DPWH all over the country, etc. No government is perfect but as noted now and the past only the political enemies are being hounded. After the impeachment of the top magistrate, Noy and his minions refused to sign waivers to scrutinized their bank deposits. Noy announce during the ADB meeting recently that there is no more corruption in the country. Hmmm…may sabwatan yata at tahimik lahat…well if todays systems is Noy benchmark of corruption then I am sorry to say we still have a lot of catching up….check on the meters of taxis at NCR, I guess corruption is from the top to bottom. Whee

    • RomyLitz

      Corona, hwag ka nang magtatago as wawa2172 as kawawa!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MHDYXOESUU67AMH324WVZKNFSI nilphil

      You people cannot really read between the lines. There was USD 2.4M & P80Mthat were not declared. Try to consider this amount and the gross salary of Renato Corona. If the amount is grossly disproportionate, where do you think it came from. In our law, when there are incomes that cannot be explained and grossly disproportionate to his salary, this is presumed to be illegaly acquired. If this is so, then graft and corruption comes into play. Correct?

      Just wait for the criminal case against your Corona and also wait for the conviction.

    • Handiong

      Not so fast. Ill-gotten wealth was not pursued during the impeachment trial because the impeachment court prevented the introduction of evidence on 2.4 of Article II. But, the Ombudsman is still investigating and building up a case. Ill-gotten wealth in the case of Corona may not necessarily come from stealing taxpayers’ money, but from bribes for favorable Supreme Court decisions (FASAP, 16 new cities, TRO on GMA’s hold-departure order, etc.). Get your facts straight.

      • wawa2172

         I guess you made your facts so fast. The FASAP, 16 new cities, TRO on GMA hold order departure, etc, was not a decision made by a one man army but its a collegial decision made by majority of the justices. I don’t so that that the justices were bribe nor Corona was bribe all alone and I guess you are over stepping when you claim that they were bribe. Well its unlike the impeachment trial where the lawmakers were feed with pork and yesterday headline showed the partial releases of the PDAF to the senators from the DBM and only two did not received any, Ping and Joker. Well, I hope you can include the landmark HLI decision as part of the anomalous decision against Noy. Take note that all majority justices except si Carpio yata voted in favor of the farmers. Well what do you think was it a bad decision because it was against the Aquino-Cojuangco family. And maybe the Coco Levy funds which was decided by the SC that included Noy appointed justices voted to hand the ownership to Danding Cojuangco, Is the coco levy decision the mother of all anomalies at napunta sa corrupt na kamaganak ni Noy. Noy should do what he preaches. Anomaly is only for those who opposes his administration but its not for his K. Corona is a small fish on the big pond, the bigger fishes are in the executive and congress. Alam natin ito, but nakatago pa ang SALN nila including their $ and Php deposits.On the TRO of GMA dapat ayusin ni De Lima ang pag testify dahil all evidences she presented were dismissed by the senate court as pure hearsay.

      • Handiong

        1.  I said bribery is just a possibility depending what the Ombudsman investigation will turn up. My point is that not all ill-gotten wealth come from stealing from the people’s money.

        2.  It was a collegial decision in order to escape blame, as in the case of GMA’s TRO, but the CJ had great influence in the decision in order to take credit, as in the case of HLI. Why, Corona was even hailed as the “Champion of Land Reform” and he relished it. Did he correct it and say that all the Justices were the “Champions of Land Reform”? No. By the way, the HLI decision was unanimous.

        3.  How come under Corona the Justices’ refused to disclose their SALNs, but with Carpio as the acting Chief Justice, all of a sudden they agreed to disclose their SALNs? See the correlation between the power of the CJ and the way the Supreme Court decides?

        4. Why blame PNoy for the Supreme Court decision on the coco levy? 


    • pololoy

      ok… so you need conviction for graft and corruption..

      just wait and it will come….

    • etsubayno_64

      saan nilagay ni pnoy ang 2000 containers. abangan pagkatapos ng kanyang termino. 

  • lolo_Jose

    Nasa tamang direksiyon ka Pnoy..Nasa likod mo kaming mga ordinaryong tao na hindi
    bibitaw sa paniniwala sa iyo. Pabayaan mo lang mga sumisira sa iyo na lang magawang
    mabuti sa bayan at pilit kang ibinabagsak at tinatawag ng kung ano-ano.. GODBLESS

  • Jorrel Quilalang

     A rare good news nevertheless. Let us keep the momentum and stop blaming the government for our own shortcomings and strive for a better life.

  • RomyLitz

    So it means the 15.5 million voters that put Pnoy in Malacanyang were indeed heaven ordained destiny. Corona was voted out quietly which means, any minute protesters were obviously being paid and bribed. That was a manifestation of Pnoy’s great leadership.

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    Ah, OK, I got it…it’s from the notorious Makati Business Club…they are now the so-called “analysts”…
    So these guys are the ones making the “opinion”…and for crying out loud these are the Oligarchs who wants to control everything (including the underground economy)…and they are making the “sugar-coated” analysis to make that 5-yr old kid in the palace “happy”.  Because that kid loves kid stuff sugary write up on his underachievement…and they call it “maturity”.  One of my French friend, who’s living here in the Philippines couldn’t help but notice something is ODD.  But his decency keeps him from saying it out loud.

    • RomyLitz

      If he is indeed a five year old kid, congratulations to him, since he was able to convince the 20 senators that your 63 year old Chief Justice is a liar and corrupt. I still prefer this 5 year old kid as president of the Philippines. He is doing great!

      • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

        Well, that says it all!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I4H2WMHPSR6JGHOTMDLUA6QYHU Observer18

         Well, that says it all?, which means you don’t really have a point and agree that a 5-year old kid is doing great? So, what are you whining about?

      • Bonggebongge

        Kahabag habag ka…isa kang talangka na puputak putak…na parang pakakak….

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3OUBE4BYNSKZSVCOD6DY4AKYJ4 mary jane

       Oh my ,forgive me but I cannot help be amazed by your presumptions ! You are probably either one of the sort of people which I can describe below ;
      1. A corrupt politician who is now afraid of the consequences of this trial,meaning yung mga kurakot mahihirapan ng makakurakot or;
      2. A poor loser who is a relative ,friend,sympathizer or maybe Corona itself.

      • RomyLitz

        Mary Jane, like Corona, this Jose Rizal is a fake one like our fake president with a fake Chief Justice. He is one of Corona clones.

      • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

        See?  One can already understand the level of immaturity…

      • antilikongdaan

        Ikaw naman ang isusunod Jose Rizal dahil fake ka na bayani…Dapat talga si Andres Bonifacio ang bayani…midnight appointee karin katulad ng amo mo.

    • gatak

      childish. immature. grupo nyo na lng ang immature sa pilipinas. nag-jose rizal ka pa. peke ka rin katulad ng mga amo mo. GET LOST

  • Pusang Gala

    All eyes on Gloria, File Cases against Corona.

  • gatak

    nagsalita ng ang makati business club. asan na ung mga anti-pnoy na bloggers. say something pls. si thadeauthadeau na ipinagmamalaki na golfer sya at magaling na abogado tulad ni corona. si thadeau na nililipusta ang mga hamak na mga magsasaka. nagkakaisa na ang mbc at mga negosyante at mga mahihirap sa maturity ng pilipinas. kayo na lng na mga kampon ni gloria at corona ang immature. 

    • Bonggebongge

      Hello Mr. Gatak, wag nanatin sila hanapin dito ang mga pro Corona o Pro GMA o kung sino pa man, I know you are happy as well dahil may positive na nangyayari sa Pinas, Im sure our next generation ang makikinabang dahil mahabahaba pa ito, madami pa, atleast we arrive in some sorth of politivcal maturity, lets just believe and do something positive lets spread positive things even here I’m sure dadamay damay yan, I’m not a Pnoy man even, pero nun nakita ko na maganda ang adbokahiya nya, susuporta ako…di tulad ng iba dito hala bira ng hala bira makapambira lang…praise to all the people who believe that the Philippines will soon be a proud country…

      • gatak

        am happy and proud to be pinoy. thanks bong

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    Even if His Mediocrity would put to jail all his political enemies, it doesn’t erase the fact that he is an underachiever who got so lucky that he represented the “tool” masa.  Courtesy of the oligarchs who make it personal to ExPGMA because of what had happened.
    It will not erase the fact that the man in the palace is a mediocre underachiever who wants to make trophies of achievement through demonization of his political enemies, using, of course, the resources of the government…and that’s what makes us a mature nation.  I don’t mind if he would put them all to jail… it doesn’t make the YELLOW BLUE…but still the same underachiever YELLOW…

    • gatak

      lahat na nag-mature, kau na lamang ang immature. kawawa naman ung tunay na jose rizal. peke ka rin katulad ng mga amo mo

    • Bonggebongge

      Jose Pidal…susmaryosep…imbes na matuwa ka…para kang bata na humuhikbi pa din, do something useful nalang mag spread ka ng comment dito na ikasasaya ng makakabasa para matulungan mo mag saboy ng kasiglahan ang mga taong nagbabasa dito, kapag positive kikilos yan ng masaya at gagawa ng mabuti, mukha ka naman marunong, pero sa tingin ko nagdudunungdunungan ka lang…isa kang sawi sa loob ng pagkatao mo at di maiwan iwan ang kasawian mo at gusto mong lahat ng mamamayan ng pilipinas maging kagaya mo, Jose panapanahon yan, sana naman maisip mo panahon na para tayo umangat at magkaisa miski na sa diwa ng ang susunod na araw makita natin na asensado ang pinas…kapag ito nangyari kadamay ka sa makikinabang….oo matagal pa at di pa kumpleto…pero isipin mo sa bawat gawa may simula at ito ang gusto namin paniwalaan na simula…

    • tekss

      greatness can’t be achieved by just being smart and excellent as what happened w/ GMA. it’s much better to be a mediocre as long as you can see his dedication and his strong will to lead and fight corruption. it is not an easy process but as long as there are people who believe nothing is impossible to achieve. there will always be non believers but it will not matter if they are just a minority.

    • Karabukov

      Please say something that is worthy of your name. You are spewing nonsense.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GQOIHCDR4M2A7LRI7WUU2QP36Q Ralph

      Tell it to the morons. Loser.

  • shalom shalom

    I think it should be $2.4 million?

    • indiots

      maybe they converted 80 millions in dollaras too.

  • pololoy

    some kind of improvement there but, it’s not yet time to celebrate…

    the fight against corruption has to be pursued more relentlessly until the country gains respect from the international community… once that is achieved, an economic windfall from all over will eventually benefit the Filipino people…

    • Bonggebongge

      Sabayan natin ng pagtiwala at gawa Mr. Pololoy, let us believe dito sa simula nato, soon yung mga anak natin ang makikinabang dito…samahan ng konting dasal…

      • pololoy

        you are correct, sir…

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    If His Mediocrity’s political enemy owns a USD 2.4 M, BINGO, there’s always that presumption that it’s ill-gotten.
    But His Mediocrity, himself, wouldn’t sign a bank waiver in order for his minions to follow suit…and the MBC says, it’s already “POLITICAL MATURITY”…Are your kidding me?
    Hahaha!  The press releases (to entertain His Mediocrity) are getting funnier each passing day.
    Kudos to His Mediocrity!…makes me laugh!

    • Arnel Rosete

      Simple lang yan bugok na Jose.. wag ka magbasa.. Samahan mo ung idol mo na si Corona dun sa bahay nya.. dun kayo magtawanan kasi pareho kayong mga KOMEDYANTE..

      • billy gunner

         tumuwad na ang inyong tuwid na daan! lol

      • etsubayno_64

        pagdating ng panahon maranasan mo ang naranasan ni corona

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QHGUJ3OJZAOIMBYYWTABNV2EEM Ai

    I agree with the anti-coruption drive of the President and it’s geeting lots of attention on tri-media. But these efforts and good news will be useless unless it trims down povety, high unemployment rate and high electricity cost, The barometer will not be the news from the paper or the internet or what does other agencies tell – it will be how the common tao will be affected by these improvements.  

  • kruger

    Whether you are a pro or a con, you can’t help but admit that things are turning out for the better.

    I just hope that before the year ends, most big-ticket projects on the pipeline are dispensed with.

    It’ll be election season next year and everything will have to take a backseat…

  • billy gunner

    reaping rewards? baka raping pwede pa. with the palace being run by a hypocrite, i will not be surprised if the news are done by hypocrites too!

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    First, one must have to know the track record of His Mediocrity — the 5-yr old balding man in the palace:
    1) During his grade school he is a nobody…can’t even tie his shoes and had a lot of tutors to make his homework done;
    2) During high school he’d undergone the same predicament of being a mediocre;
    3) During his undergrad days, he developed his KKK and faced the same predicament of being mediocre;
    4) In the lower hoouse, he hired his technical stuff to do 99% of the work and he’s been sleeping and snooring;
    5) the same predicament of medicrity was apparent on the senate;
    6) During his presidency, some low key opportunist communist instantly gave him the political tag-line of  ”Tuwid na Daan”.  Lo and Behold the creation of a cult.

    That’s the story of “Lawrence of Arabia” in the Philippine political setting…and they call it (courtesy of constant press release) MATURITY.
    Hahaha! Excuse me but it makes me laugh!  No offense meant…just stating the facts…our history is unfolding…hahaha!

    • damatannapo

      masama lang loob mo dahil nasipa si Corona

      one less corrupt official makes the the Philippines better

      • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

        Would BS Aquino sign a bank waiver for that?

      • antilikongdaan

        Grabe nga yang si ‘Jose Rizal’ utak talangka. Di na nahiya sa pangalan nya.

    • tekss

      a mediocre president who was able to impeach a chief justice due to non disclosure of his SALN is a first for a sitting president who had a tutor in grade school. hopefully the sandiganbayan will follow up the case against corona and if it happens…it will be a first again for our mediocre president….buti na lang mediocre sya kasi siguro this is the reason why he is strong willed and dedicated in fighting corruption in the Philippines w/c many are saying is sagad hanggang buto. as long as majority believe in his his cause…nothing is impossible and i am a strong believer. we don’t need a smart leader who can’t deliver anyway.

      • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

        I bet he would sign a bank waiver for it…and for the sake of your blind loyalty…
        But I bet he wont…and you’ll still be praising him for that mediocrity…

      • tekss

        it does not matter as long as he can deliver with his cause against corruption… i am not a blind follower as i do my homework thru reading and analysis. i don’t know how you arrive w/ your own conclusion and judgment but i am always for the common good no matter what will be the consequences as i don’t have a hidden agenda or personal interest.

      • drew_casta

        i really don’t know where you’re coming from.

         he disclosed his SALN already. a waiver of the examination of his bank accounts is included in the SALN. if you have a problem with the contents thereof, go file a meritorious case against him so that his bank accounts will be opened. simple, right?

    • marienkind

      Doesnt matter. The state of the economy’s giving me more money for my investments. I can personally attest to the improvement, while you, you just read all these things online. 

      • Pusang Gala

        Perfect!. Tuhog na tuhog.

        The state of the economy’s giving me more money for my investments, while I’m enjoying life doing nothing but reading things online.

    • pnoy0612

      kindly check also track records of other great persons in “history” like Bill Gates et al…

      they did not do good in school but they just want to serve mankind… it’s not just a matter of knowledge, but of thinking and doing good…

      • FernandoBusi

        sure its not just about school but what has he really done? He couldn’t even sell shoes at Nike … kaya nga nag tongressman eh 

      • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

        They are born genius, bro…not mediocre…
        One must have to know the difference, eh?

    • Pusang Gala

      Move on na. Accept that someone you labeled as mediocre got the better of you.

      • JuanTamadachi

        The troll will not move on because he is getting fed.. 

    • Karabukov

      You seem to be intelligent enough to know right from wrong, mediocre from outstanding and relevant from irrelevant. Please try to rise above being a mediocre critic (are you even one?) of the president and say something that at least makes sense. Your pathetic attempt at humor betrays your immaturity. You are nothing but a heckler. There is a nice Tagalog term for you: KSP.

    • Count du Fount de Cakes

      …. This mediocre of a man ousted a Supreme Court Chief Justice, jailed a former President and took on several Military Generals. If you call that mediocre by your standards then you should go look into a mirror and ask yourself what you have achieved in your lifetime.

      Sorry, but the one I’m currently laughing at is you Mr. JOSE RIZAL.  WAHAHAHAHAHAHA! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VLO53PRSSY76BZOWLOHJDM33M jeray

    Kung masagot no Pe noy kung saan na ang coco levy at e balik sa tutuong may ari. At mag sign na rin sya at lahat ng governent official ng waiver, Maniwala kayo wala ng mag hihirap sa pilipinas. At I’m sure kukunti na ang mag aambisyon ng politika.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DOLRDISMLABUU4EDTVBEVXXCOQ Martin

    Corruption Perception Index Philippines Yearly Rank

    Year         Rank             President

    2000           69               JEE
    2001           73               JEE/GMA
    2002           77               GMA
    2003         100               GMA
    2004         107               GMA
    2005         124               GMA
    2006         129               GMA
    2007         139               GMA
    2008         146               GMA
    2009         141               GMA
    2010         134               GMA/BSA
    2011         129               BSA

    Note : Low rank perceived as less corrupt.

    • Pusang Gala

      Summing it up (the Ranks)

      Gloria 1097

      JEE    142

      BSA   129

      Conclusion. Grabe talaga si ate Glo.

      • FernandoBusi

        naku para ka atang grade 1 mag isip .

      • Pusang Gala

        Kakasa ka ba sa Grade 1?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/DBOO7W3CHG4SS6LZKQYEJYMEZA Phil

        Grabe naman wag namang ganoon sa ibang agency nga ng Gov’t 1 - 2 = 3 daw o laban ka dyan

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    MBC’s predicament is that, they’re saying “Noynoy is the ‘Lawrence of Arabia’” the Philippine setting…
    That’s really makes everyone laugh…forgive me, but it’s odd and laughable and ridiculous…for them to be saying “good job, kid!”…to a 5-yr old balding underachiever hollow mediocre man (it can’t be erased as BS Aquino’s character, even if he would successfully jail all his perceived enemies).

    • tekss

      sorry to disappoint you but many filipinos are happy but not necessarily laughing due to conviction of corona and thanks to our mediocre pnoy!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GJRMQKOXQUHCT5LR2XPNCFVUHE ashley

    ang daming optimistic, isa lang ang bitter- ang nagpapanggap! jose rizal

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    If the ranking of “the most corrupt list” is slightly up, isn’t that to mean negative?

  • pnoy0612

    God Bless the Philippine President and the Republic of the Philippines!!!

  • FernandoBusi

    Aquino administrations have always been a product of the MBC 

    The reason why we have so many investments right now is because money is cheap … tinatapon to sa ibang bansa papunta kung saan tingin ng mayayaman eh pwede kumita dahil sa bansa nila overpriced ang real estate at kung ano ano pa … 

    It is not a product of Noynoying but a combination of global trends … what Pnoy should do is work to take advantage of the situation a capable leader should be able to propel the country given its none-export driven economy into 10% growth rates …

    • Pusang Gala

      When was the last time that you had a president that you truly supported and appreciated?

      • JuanTamadachi

        Gloria Macapal Dorovo’s presidency was truly supported and appreciated by the majority, according to Garci.

      • Pusang Gala

        And by some people here.


        “Our Beloved Lady Gloria”

      • FernandoBusi

        When I entered college under Ramos.

      • Pusang Gala

        You may visit the Office of Fidel V. Ramos, in Makati City, and look for NICK A. LAGUSTAN his spokesperson.

  • Melmina

    What reward???pang babraso pde pa Mr. Paid Analyst

  • aldhins

    Sana ang pangako ni Pnoy na tuwid na daan ay umarangkada na at mag kaisa tayong mga filipino, wag na puro reklamo tolongan natin ang ating bansa para umangat tyo

    • Pusang Gala


  • katabay1106

    Pnoy refusal to sign the waiver on his bank deposit accounts both PESO and FCDU convinced me that he is also hiding unexplained wealth. He has lost the moral ascendancy to govern this country and his anti-corruption drive is only for the enemies of his administration. He should sign the waiver or resign from the presidency.

    • Asukalatsuka

      hahaha, isa pang bitter ito…

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    Like I said, the so-called “increase in investments and other economic gains in the market” has no direct correlation to His Mediocrity.  He’s not passed any economic legislation so far…no rigorous economic planning but plain “smoke & mirrors”.
    And his MBC call it maturity when the ranking of “The Most Corrupt List” is gaining some notches up…what a mediocre predicament! 

    • JuanTamadachi

      I agree. Let us have Gloria Macapal Dorovo back for a “superlative predicament” !! 

    • Don Dee

      If you think mediocre is an insult, think again. Compared to the expertise by which the former FAKE president, her family, and sycophants raided the coffers of government, we’ll take this mediocrity any day. The nation is finally moving forward. Siguro nga naka first gear pa lang. Pero at least na-alis na sa reverse. Ngayon, kung medyo tumabi-tabi lang ng konti ang mga kalso ng bayan, tuloy tuloy na sana ang arangkada.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CEG3XMOHANLERUNKKQKE6EA2DA Jayvee

        well said.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DBOO7W3CHG4SS6LZKQYEJYMEZA Phil

    Good for Filipinos at least I can read now “Maturity” in the newspaper when it will happen I still don’t know Lol!

    • JuanTamadachi

      Hopefully in our lifetime..

  • Alajero

    …wow…in a matter of days…the country is already reaping from its own maturity….using lies and deception to oust the chief of justice…does not look like a strong kind of maturity…this is so third world country politics….
    ….yes…this article looks like an …infomercial from malacanang’s spin bureau…
    ….and INQUIRER…always the ever willing tool to their palace masters….

    • JuanTamadachi

      Don’t feed the trolls..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FKE56ZWNI2XKEVVLZQGRWG7WBI BURADOR—Phil. Voice

      NENESENSE—-you are JUST CRABBY—–If you DO NOT trust local news—TRY foreign news here in cyber space—– about the philippines——so you KNOW what Philippines is for NOW—-

    • jgl414567

      You are a type of citizen who is perrenial fence sitter and sour graper kaya di umaasenso bansa natin dahil sa mga taong tulad mo.

      • Alajero

        …on the contrary…jgl414567…this country does not move forward…because of simple minded person like you….and i am not a citizen of your country…AQUINO is not my kind of president…but, i don’t think you have a better choice…so, i don’t know what to say…maybe, this is the country…and the kind of pres…you DESERVE…so enjoy…

      • http://twitter.com/BoyetMoral Boyet Moral

        hindi ka naman pala pilipino anong pakialam mo sa bansa namin!

      • Alajero

        ….boyet…just because you are pilipino…it does not mean you have the monopoly…you need to start thinking outside the box…you are actually free to pursue your interest…if you could…just ponder…it’s a whole new world once you start adapting new thinking…it’s about time you diversify your thoughts..

      • Karina Carinosa

        o e bakit nakikisawsaw ka sa usapan dito?

      • Alajero

        …karina…mahilig lang talaga akong makisawsaw…well primarily because i could…and secondarily because i care…

    • PinasK0ngMahal

      better yet, continue reading the Daily Tribune…it speaks more of yourself…
      and to those who dont know what the Daily tribune is, go to raissaroblesDOTcom, and search ninez cacho-olivares the editor of the daily tribune and you would know what kind of newspaper it is. nuff said.

      • Alajero

        …pinaskongmahal…i learned early on not to take unsolicited advise from hostile source…would you?…

  • athenapallas

    Kahit anong hatak pababa ang gawin ng mga korap jan kay Pnoy eh wa epek pa rin dahil he is delivering results at alam yan ng international community. yang mga korap na humahatak pababa sa ginagawa ng presidente na labanan ang korapsyon sa bansa ay maliwanag na yung mga directly affected by it – mahihirapan na silang makapag-nakaw sa kaban ng bayan dahil binabantayan na sila at tulad ni Corona na kahit deny to death at pakapalan to death pa ang gawin ay busted pa rin.

    so kahit anong paninira at paghatak pababa kay Pnoy ang gawin nila, mas marami pa rin ang sumusuporta sa kanya para isa-isahin ang magnanakaw sa gobyerno – of course kasali na dito ang mga nasa paligid ni Pnoy na marami ring klepto.

  • amelius23

    The more flak and negative comments being hurled against the govt. for the start of economic gains for the Phil., is a constructive manifestation that even the disbeliever of this govt.  will one day also  feel the fruit of its disagreement. Kudos to those who believe that this only country of ours is worth dying for since we live and will die here in our beloved country while those who underestimate the faculties of true Filipinos under the guise of remote control revolutionaries from East and West, we enjoin you to come home and have more fun in Phil. 

    • Alajero

      …excerpt from “THE DAILY TRIBUNE”…”
      Edu Gariguez, executive secretary of the CBCP’s National Secretariat for Social Action – Justice and Peace (Nassa), said leading by example is one effective way to promote integrity in the government….
      ….even the CBCP is calling on AQUINO to heed…but, Mr. Aquino is not up to it…so amellus23….why will you die for a country led by bunch of liars…?
      ….ARE YOU CRAZY???

    • scorpio22

       Nice place to visit but wouldn’t live in the Philippines.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IMP53NGOUAROYSVNIHUSNWDEYY Jhie Reyes

    are you sure? naniniwala din kayo sa balitang ito? ano yan miracle? think it over bago magsalita! you are just fooling the people!

    • bhoystaana

      nagagalit kayo pero nung time ni gloria di ba ganun din naman. bakit di nalang kayo tumugil at tumulong sa bayan. nakaksawa na rin kasi puro negative ang nababasa sa mga kumento…

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/RockHard-Shaiya/100002477303838 RockHard Shaiya

        LOL So true.

  • Larry Perido

    Anong rewards. Baka sa inyong mayayaman at nasa pwesto. Nararamdaman ba yan ng ordinaryong Juan dela Cruz. Hoy gising, corrupt di yang mga naka upo dyan. Mlagro na lang makaka salba sa bayan natin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/RockHard-Shaiya/100002477303838 RockHard Shaiya

    Ordinary people can’t feel the effect unless the current administration’s trend is sustained over the next 5 years. So don’t gauge the results yet via the ordinary people’s condition as we’ll have to watch the ripple take its normal course.

  • -XO-

    It’s a bit early to pat ourselves on the back. One swallow doesn’t make a summer. 

    The legal system is still broken, inadequate, and untrustworthy. 

    • JuanTamadachi

      Yes it is but the legal system’s state of disrepair is noticeably less..

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VQYZTU56OZIR2TFDIQDBOB35GA Yeur

       A gentle pat in the back wont hurt. On the contrary it can encourage to achieve greater things! Let us look at the brighter side.

  • Alajero

    …from the DAILY TRIBUNE…again…”
    The Philippines dropped two notches to 43rd from 41st in the latest World Competitiveness Ranking of the Swiss institution….”
    …i did not remember this being mentioned by INQUIRER…shame on you!!!

    • PinasK0ngMahal

      kahit anong promote mo sa daily tribune, hindi namin babasahin kung anong merun dyan sa daily tribune. ikaw ba yan ninez cacho olivares? tapos na ang corona trial,  so wala na naman pera. hintay ng bagong political controversy para may pera ulit. wawa naman.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/7K5YUZTNSI46EA32EAAXMSELSQ James


      • Alajero

        …nop…just trying to point out that you are so confined in the small world created for you by …INQUIRER…that you actually lost your awareness of the reality outside this small made up bubble…please let me know if you need a better….VISUAL!

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    MBC and other oligarch’s predicament is that they hated so much the previous admin that they favoured a mediocre, underachiever & immature man to be in the palace.
    Indeed, “from the frying pan, into the fire”.  And they labeled him now as the “Lawrence of Arabia” the Philippine setting…and calling it MATURITY and IMPROVEMENT over a normal business trend and some notches up of the Phil on the “List of Most Corrupt Countries”.
    Desperate & ridiculous…hahaha! (forgive my frankness). 

    • JuanTamadachi

      Ok let’s remove the under achiever and install Marcos Jr. If he is anything like his father, Marcos Sr., he should be the same over achiever to save our country..

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/VQYZTU56OZIR2TFDIQDBOB35GA Yeur

        And this anti-OLIGARCH sentiment whatever will hunt him also. Why don’t we install the basurero in the kanto as President?

      • JuanTamadachi

        From the sublime to the ridiculous

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/VQYZTU56OZIR2TFDIQDBOB35GA Yeur

         What can I say Juan, but it’s more fun in the Philippines!

      • JuanTamadachi

        Hubba great one, Yeur..

  • jtpa

    I agree with this article and reading the comments here shows that our society is already maturing one small step at a time.  Having different views is alright and I am really happy that people are able to express their opinions even how different they maybe which is the true essence of democracy.  Having an opposition is a key ingredient to let those in power not to be complaisant and will always be on their toes.  Also, I am really worried that there will be another street protess after the passing of the Senators’ judgement but I am so glad that there was none.  Any reforms we do today both in changing our behaviour with regards to our politics and society may not be felt by ordinary citizens immediately.  Let us not forget that to break free from poverty cycles will take at least three generations,  I know that first hand.

  • scorpio22

    Why is it that none of the MBC members have been charged with a tax evasion case by Kim Henares? Is it because they pay their taxes religiously and precisely or they are a well known supporters of Aquino?   

    Can anybody enlighten me?

    • JuanTamadachi

      The answer is, all of the above plus they are also known supporters of Gloria Macapal Dorovo and die hard Marcos loyalists..

      • scorpio22

        Then they should be commended for paying their taxes religiously and precisely. You agree? Henares should make MBC the poster image of BIR.

      • JuanTamadachi

        Oui, hai, si, ja, yes, with Corona’s photo in the center..

      • scorpio22

         Did you forget “Opo”?

      • JuanTamadachi

        No, nyet, iye, nunca, never.. It was omitted deliberately..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FKE56ZWNI2XKEVVLZQGRWG7WBI BURADOR—Phil. Voice

    BELLS are RINGING around the WORLD about the Philippines—This NEW postive IMAGE of the COUNTRY have to be SUSTAIN —–
    CORRUPT civil servant HAVE to be EXPOSE with MICROSCOPHIC control——-
    Philippine AWAKENING HAVE just BEGUN—

    • JuanTamadachi

      I share your optimism but to a lesser degree..

    • scorpio22

       How could your dream come true if you don’t dream at all, right? Keep dreaming.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZWTTKJTI57YO7TZBJC66GA2OLU dennis

    “The current administration was elected on a platform that anti-corruption is the best economic strategy, and they continue to pursue that policy direction,” the Asia Foundation’s Rood said.”
    This article is true! Two thumbs up and my support to our Government!…If our tourism has it´s slogan like “IT´S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES” then we have to build a slogan soon in Internal Affairs like “IT´S NOW SAFE IN THE PHILIPPINES”

    • scorpio22

      Okay Dennis… why don’t you meet me around midnight in Baseco, Tondo or Payatas, Q.C. and if you’re still around the next day then you can tell me “IT´S NOW SAFE IN THE PHILIPPINES”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7K5YUZTNSI46EA32EAAXMSELSQ James


  • Sarkasmos

    It’s time to take advantage of business confidence and renewed optimism of the people. To those who do nothing but whine and criticize and result to name calling not only the president but the majority of those who voted for him, you deserve to be ignored as you are being ignored.   Lead, follow or get out of the way.

  • etsubayno_64

    Government fighting against corruption to eradicate it is everybody’s dream. But government disrespect to laws it created and enacted is everybody’s abhorrence they way the government did during the trial of corona. It was a sign of immaturity not maturity.   

    • stev38rs3

      Response to etsubyno: Filipinos need to mature from the facial expressions of a sick person when corrupt officials are caught with their pants or panties down or when overwhelming evidence of SALN non-disclosure are presented by the prosecution. Remember the facial expression of CGMA wearing a neck brace, being wheeled on wheel chair at the airport when she was barred from boarding a departure flight? From the airport, she was taken to the hospital & just last week, we saw Corona using the wheel chair defense with his eyes close to tears & even talked about his grand child to gain public sympathy. Like CGMA, the former CJ was also taken to the hospital. It is now a good time for Filipinos to out-grow the wheel chair and sick person defense when asked to explain his/her defense of a crime.

  • Binayawak

    from the comments below, we can see that there are differing views…each may have his/her own ideas which can be beneficial to each on of us…we should not use this knowledge to fight against each other, collectively we can use them to support each one of us for a stronger republic…hindi ang ating kababayan ang kaaway natin…i hope that the Filipinos will keep this in mind…i already changed my views…

    maaring di naman perpekto ang mga pangyayari pero talaga namang pinaghirapan at meron din namang mabuitng nagawa sa bayan. mangyari na lamang na magpasalamat tayo para naman maengganyo ang mga nakaupo…

  • stev38rs3

    Corona’s impeachment trial and the guilty verdict by 20 out of the 23 Senator-Judges will stand out as the most significant legal precedence that will remain with the next generation of Filipinos. Finally, the guilty verdict gave Filipinos their big sigh of relief. Speaking for myself, my stress level came down from a high 9 to 1, 10 being extremely stressed out.  Justice in the PH is on the roll. The business communities in the PH are now closer to ‘doing business without being asked for ‘lagay’ when their licenses are up for renewal.   

    • scorpio22

      Why settle for “sigh of relief” when you could have a “full relief”? Have Aquino and his allies sign the waiver.

    • adam_d_ant

      hmmm … so it was corona that made life difficult for the business community to operate.  the “lagay” you mentioned is not the purvey of the courts. ngayon ko lang nalaman na kung gusto mo mag negosyo, korte pala ang mag re-release ng mga licenses. 

      the business community will rise and fall on the business acumen of its managers.  the government’s responsibility is to give everybody a fair chance – a level playing field.  do you see it based on who are controlling the industries in pinas?  mukhang educated ka naman kabayan.  hindi pantay ang laban.  tilted towards the “malakas” ang negosyo sa pinas.  a few families sharing the spoils.

      foreign money to pour in?  in your dreams.  sino sira ulo ang mag invest sa pinas na open ang china, vietnam and our asean friends?  kaya pinagkumpolan ng mga negosyante elitista si gloria kasi gustong buksan ang economy, na puwedeng mag me-ari ng negosyo ang foreigners sa pinas.  hanggang protective ang policy ng gobyerno, latak ang mapapunta sa pinas. 

      still the econoy will grows “despite” the elites whwo rule the land.

      • stev38rs3

        Response to adam_d_antCourts responsibilities does not include the issuance of business licenses but with the impeachment of Mr. Corona and how it was done, 20  of the 23 Senator-Judges rendered their guilty verdict gave a strong warning to all would be corrupt officials that the current Aquino Administration is not going to ‘have any of it’. I’m sure you’re not being naïve to admit that ‘lagay’ in the PH is not common today & my point is – these officials will have to declare their SALN. About a yr ago, a Treasurer in one of the city near Manila was removed from his job bcuz of an abrupt change in his life style such as the purchase of an expensive brand new car & jewelries. I believe that one of the Treasurer’s job in that city was giving his approval for business licenses in the city. Corona’s impeachment trial was “world news”. If he was acquitted, I’m sure any foreign investor will think twice before starting a business in the PH. The implication is, how can a CJ have $2.4 in his dollar account & P80 million in peso account. These foreign investors are not dumb, they can read in between lines.

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    Just sign the bank waiver to show “real” “maturity”, but out of cowardice, BS Aquino would say, via Valte/Lacierda, the following:

    1) It’s drama; 2) Overrated; 3) “No need, I already signed the SALN waiver”; 4) Etc., etc

    And they call it “MATURITY”…he will sign it after all the USD account will be transferred to someone else’s sister’s account. 

  • opinyonlangpo

    The reforms and anticorruption drive will eventually take effect not immediately but slowly as soon as laws are made and implemented to make it permanent and not dependent on who is sitting as president. The impeachment process showed that there are loopholes in the laws which make it possible for those in high positions to hide their wealth and evade the law. The SALN waiver should be amended to make it very clear that there should be no secrecy in declaring networth of government officials, that is, bank account waivers should be included whether it is peso or dollar accounts. The antigraft and anticorruption drive should not focus on few but all government officials, elected or appointed down to the lowest level government employee.
    As for “maturity”, there is no maturity yet as it is just starting – an infamous president is still on vacation in the hospital due to graft and corruption charges and election rigging. A lot of well known corrupt figures are still walking scot-free. Maturity is still years ahead, hopefully the next administration will not undo what has been achieved so far.

    • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

      It would take only a split second to sign a bank waiver…and that’s it…
      NO MORE PALUSOT, please….

      • Don Dee

        Haha, butthurt pa rin ang coronatics sa term na “palusot”. Sapul na sapol ano?

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    If BS Aquino would sign the bank waiver (w/c I know he won’t) and urge his cabinet KKK and all the agencies, commissions, GOCC/GFI heads and all his LP members to do the same, I will be the one to commend him (and the rest of my family)…
    No need to mention the past admin’s fault or what have you’s…just sign the bank waiver as a sign that he’s not banking on someone else’s alleged graft & corruption.  This time it is his own volation and own achievement.
    This is the real test of sincerity & maturity.

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    The TEST of REAL MATURITY and as an EFFECTIVE TOOL to eradicate corruption is just plain & simple…just let him sign the bank waiver and it will do the miracle…
    To all YELLOW fanatics, urge him to sign that waiver…it’s a test if, indeed, it is not only brainwashing on the drive of the “Tuwid Na Daan”.  Erasing in the equation the “hate to Gloria”, and urge him to sign the waiver out of his own volation.
    Else, he will be like a 5-yr old saying: “Belat! Naisahan ko kayo at si Corona (na-nagsign nga ng bank waiver)…Ano ako bale?”

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    MATURITY means SIGNING THE BANK WAIVER.  In this way, he cannot be accused of benefitting popularity out of his parents’ image, the Marcos era tragedy and Gloria’s misgivings.
    This is what he can claim “his own achievement”…

    • Don Dee

      And HE HAS! Ano bang kakulitan ito? The president has filed a SALN as required by law. Part ng proseso na iyon ay ang pag-sign na waiver in favor of the ombudsman to investigate if all entries there are correct (including bank accounts). Yan ang requirement ng batas. Bakit naman siya susunod sa requirement ng isang IMPEACHED midnight appointee who flung mud in his desperate attempts to muddle the issue of his impending doom? Kung meron kang reasonable doubt/evidence that president has amassed wealth illegally, go file an impeachment case sa congress.

      • wawa2172

         What will the ombudsman investigate when Noy SALN did not indicate any $ and Peso deposits. Baka sabihin ni Noy ang palusot na walang dollar account dahil it was converted to peso same reasoning of Kiko  Pangilinan and Osmena. File impeachment against Noy? Are you kidding Jose Rizal. The lower house are lapdogs of Noy, do you think the impeachment case will prosper. Not a chance. they are of the same kind, puro corrupt and have not filed truthful SALN. The ombuds will not dare touch the lawmakers, magagalit si Noy niyan…charing!!!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MYSV36GGQ44VTCTNICYWDKSE5Q Dipaloloko

        sige, umpisan mo ang move to impeach the prez!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MYSV36GGQ44VTCTNICYWDKSE5Q Dipaloloko

      There is already a waiver, that last part of his SALN … and has signed it.  You’re saying, he needs to sign another waiver?  what for?  

      Di bagay sig name mo: JOSE RIZAL.  nakakahiya ka!  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    cecil, mali yang pr job na ginawa mo para sa palasyo kasi walang pag-asang maging politically mature ang mga pinoy dahil gullible sila…..sa madaling salita……uto-utong sinto-sinto.

    • Karabukov

      I bet that’s what you say to anyone who disagrees with you. Say something that makes sense. You seem to think that putting down your own kind is the height of sophistication. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

        tinamaan ka ano? kaya ganyan ang reaksion mo, masakit mang lunukin pero dapat mong gawin para matanggap mo ang katotohanan?

        cecil, ano ang isusugal mo para mas gawing kong ‘sensible’ ang mga sasabihin ko?

      • Karabukov

        Tinamaan?  Ng ano? Di ba Pinoy ka rin? What you say of your own kind hits you first. Some people are worth talking to and even disagree with when they do make sense. Some not. I will move on.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

        swallow your misplaced nationalism and pride, open your mind and accept reality, then you will find the ‘sense’ that you’re looking for to move on.

      • Karabukov

        Well, finally, some hints. Let me see, a different country, probably now a citizen, not in Europe, probably not Asia, more likely Australia, Canada or the U.S., not retired, busy with work in a stable industry. Just a passing interest with politics, haven’t been back to the Philippines for some time. Am I right pio?

      • hustlergalore

        naku ha. ang argumento ng kausap mo malamang sa malamang galing sa antipinoy dotcom na karamihan mga green card holders. LOL

        mga preachers ng misplaced pinoy pride. LOL

      • Karabukov

        Whoa! I looked at the site. I was speechless. What makes them tick? KKP kanya-kanyang pakulo? KSP kulang sa pansin? Interesting.

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  • cute79

    tama,isang dahilan s mga investors kaya ayaw mag invest s pinas dahil s mtinding coruption s ating bansa.totoo tlaga yan dahil may kakilala ako noon taga ibang bansa na mag invest sna sa pinas kaya lng ang hirap dw kumuha ng mga papers at kelangan may lagay pa.isa pang dahilan ,d rw pwde ipangalan s isang foreigner ang owner ng kompanya.kelangang may ka sosyo kng pinoy at s kanya ipangalan.kaya lang ayaw nya ng ganun dahil may kakilala din syang naloko na sa kasosyo nyang pinoy.inangkin lahat pera at pati lupa at bahay nabili ng kompanya.kaya sana pygan ng ating govt makapagtayo ng kompanya s ating bansa ang mga foreigners at sana pwde rin sila mkapag open ng acct ng banko s pangalan nila.tayo mga pinoy rin naman ang mkikinabang nito eh dahil magkakaroon tayo ng trabaho.pag nagkataon marami ng trabaho,pwde na tayo magdemand ng mtaas pang sahod dahil marami na tayong pwde aplayan.d tulad ngayon daming populasyon s pinas na wlang trabaho,dahil sobrang dami ng populasyon at kokonti ang factories.pero pag marami ng trabaho tataas din sweldo dahil kung ang isang kompanya ang baba magpasweldo ay wlang magttrabaho sa knila.

  • pening

    Filipino people should be patience and understanding that itwill take time tocorrect all ills created by GMA nationally and internationally. We need to clean our name as a corrupt country, P’noy needs the helpof Fil. people.

  • Rae_E

    Great news! Mabuhay PNoy & the Philippines! You have my full support & prayers even if I didn’t vote for you. May God grant you & your administration wisdom & courage to keep on purging the nation from culture of corruption & violence.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DVP4NE2IHZLHNZIQODT3RNGNSM Lawrence

    This is the first president that I voted that actually won the presidency…and I’m d@mn proud of him.

    I voted for Roco twice before.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Will-Gozum-David/1463044512 Will Gozum David

    I hope it won’t be another ningas cogon, sabi taking-off as seen by many observation by the international community, sana it will last unlike before boom and bust and then we shoot our foot.  

  • noypisiTED

    The president was right that it will take years even decades to win the
    war against graft in government. What’s important is the president has
    already led the way on how to beat it by walking the talk instead of the
    other way around. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the
    first step” and removing the barnacle that frustrates all the efforts
    towards winning the war against graft and corruption in government has

    • agong1

      most of his cabinet members are millionaire and member of the Makati business triangle.
      what are these people talking about. corruption are far from reality as long mostly elected official are corrupt, Santiago was right when she said  this country is on top corrupt country in the world, hehehe . clearing the bad official should not aim only to left but right also. more likely Trapos you can pin point who is who, poor pilipinos manipulated by the corrupt elites businessman.sorry 

      • pablosantino

        syempre pag millionaire ka ibig sabihin nyan matalino ka at masipag…kaya nasa position cla ngayon kasi achiever talaga sila

      • agong1

        ok hindi sila sa tuwid na daan …hahahha.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WHMQHWCIVYG7WNO3QTH7IBVDTQ Marlene Villa

    i think corona should return back to the filipino people all the moneys that he has stolen. i also think that the president should target other corrupt individuals particularly chavit singson who seems to be so carefree despite all the millions and billions he has taken illegally. RA7171 and the ilocos sur provincial capitol are his personal bank accounts using numerous dummies. remember…chavit was gloria arroyo’s bestfriend for many many many years and corona was also chavit’s personal close friend and frequent guest in baluarte many many many times.

  • agong1

    60yrs of unprecedented raping our fellow pilipino farmer of HLI . 5k+ hectares  (billions that belong to the farmers ) included in the Aggrn. Reform were sold and pocketed by the acenderos of HLI, not to mention the farmer killed (11 Mediola Massacre, Union leader  kidnap, peasant farmers died in the protest held @ the HLI..) just to keep their milking cow with their blood stained hand of the farmer. tuwid na daan this is bull crap. opinion lang

    • JJF724

      Hahaha desperate ka na?  Thanks to Cory Aquino there’s an Agrarian Reform.  Tangal na si amo mong Corona…  Malapit na ring mabuking yong iba mo pang among magnanakaw.

      Mag pakatino na kasi kayo at mas makakabuti kung mag trabaho na lang kayo sa abroad para naman yong matitinong pilipino ay makapag trabaho nang maayos diyan sa Pinas na walang balakid sa pag unlad.

      • agong1

        your’re wrong Im not pro Corona Im pro pilipino farmers..I live here in the US for almost entire of my life,,but you are pathetic to say get straight when arrogant hasenderos continue to reign..thanks to corazon??? such lunatic Philippine was No.2 in Asia under corazon your idol corruption creeps quickly and now top corrupt country in the world..her clan was no.1 indeed…lol 

  • Diepor

    Good news,and good work Mr.President.

  • Diepor

     The Philippine political arena, unlike other democracies, is mainly arranged and operated by families or alliances of families rather than political parties. =

  • franklyn flores

    Good Job mga kabayan!

  • hustlergalore

    Analysts say that, amid all the reforms, it is no coincidence that foreign direct investments jumped 153.7 percent annually to $850 million in the first two months of this year.

    - tiglao, doronilla, corona, arroyo, anti-pinoydotcom and their tards so so hate this!

  • rickysgreyes

    We have to start sending people who are corrupt to jail. Look at the customs website-ang daming kaso na Nara file but walang nakukulong.

  • agong1

    Pilipino justice LOL.

  • agong1

    this is the problem with Pilipinos, being arrogant, boastful, congenital liars..1 conviction does not mean corruption was solved..read the everyday news, rampant criminality, problems. and here come another media (yellow media)…

  • agong1

    Philippines the 129th most corrupt country out of 183 in 2011, slightly up from 134th the previous year.saan kaya nadampot ito hindi katiwa tiwala eto galing sa yellow media..loltataas talaga $ 
    pinalila nyo na ang pinay sa buong mundo , pina pa rape kababaihan bina baboy  taas noo pang pinangnga landakan …  dollar nga.lol 

  • JuanTamadachi

    Pure nonsense. He’s transferring $10million to Jose Pidal..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FKE56ZWNI2XKEVVLZQGRWG7WBI BURADOR—Phil. Voice

    so you do not KNOW —-What your talking about—-

  • marivon

     You are entitled to you BS opinion

  • JuanTamadachi


  • Alajero

    …nop…burador…you do not know what you are talking about…you are so confined on your small box…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FKE56ZWNI2XKEVVLZQGRWG7WBI BURADOR—Phil. Voice

    really? Give me in DETAILS——so I can answere you properly—-

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