I can still remember those street chants - "Marcos, diktador, tuta. Marcos, diktador, tuta." It has become a mantra of a bygone era. Suddenly, today, activists are chanting about a brand new dictator in our midst. A tyrannical one. And since dictators are now so fashionable in the world, my hubby Alan, aka @hotmanila, received this query from a foreign PR outfit. Here's what the PR outfit wanted to learn, according to Alan:
[Note: I am uploading here in full the text of the impeachment complaint filed today by Bayan Muna in the hope that this will contribute to the national discussion on such an important issue. Here is the Executive Summary, followed by the impeachment suit. - Raissa ]
By Raïssa Robles - I asked the Office of the Solicitor General for a copy of the Motion for Reconsideration (MR) on the Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP. Other reporters were earlier given the same documents. I have decided to upload these documents so that you can directly read them and make your own conclusions. The MR consists of the actual 52-page petition and five annexes.
Here's what a notable media critic told @hotmanila about the controversy over President Benigno Aquino's economic stimulus program called DAP. Questions and Answers about the DAP controversy Hot Manila - by Alan Robles - Seeking enlightenment on the contentious DAP issue, we enticed renowned and enigmatic media critic Justin Spinboogers, Esq, from his brooding seclusion to give us, with his trademark incisive and trenchant wit, the benefit of his sober and dispassionate insight.
Exclusive by Raïssa Robles - ABS-CBN's Doris Bigornia had a very insightful news report following President Benigno Aquino's combative speech last Monday. Doris covered the President's speech live in Tayuman Street, Tondo, Manila. When it was over, she asked what the residents thought of it. Few said they understood the controversy over the Disbursement Acceleration Program which the government insists has helped the nation's economy grow. The first woman whom Doris interviewed had a mouthful to say.
By Raissa Robles - Father Joaquin Bernas, a constitutionalist and Jesuit priest whom I deeply respect, has posted a short note on his Facebook page presumably commenting about my legal arguments on DAP.
The presidential palace has released just now a detailed list of where money that was pooled in the DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program) went. According to this Excel file, only P144 billion of the proposed funding of P167 billion was actually released. I am working on another story right now. I would appreciate very much your help in analyzing where the DAP money went.
And an SC Justice agrees with my interpretation of Section 25 (5) of the Constitution - Exclusive by Raïssa Robles - Boy, who would have thought such an esoteric, abstract article would stir up so much commotion and interest? It’s not about a sex scandal. Not a bomb blast or a natural disaster. There’s no video, no sound, no music. And yet my story, “President Aquino’s dead mom, President Cory, may yet save her son from jail over DAP”, seems to have kicked an anthill. No, several anthills. Which is strange, because it has nothing but ideas in it – no lurid pictures, even.
And why there are grounds for Supreme Court to review its decision on DAP - Exclusive by Raïssa Robles - Could the Supreme Court be wrong? Are President Benigno Aquino’s actions about the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) constitutional after all? I ask these questions because I’m looking over something Aquino’s mother, President Cory, signed in 1987.