A cock-eyed guide to today’s SONA

It's a hot-air balloon. No, it's a -- senator. Today is the day that lawmakers and all those who matter in the Philippine government dress to the nines. And Senator Nancy Binay is no exception. On this momentous day, she has apparently taken something out-of-the-ordinary as her clothing inspiration:

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Is Janet Lim Napoles framing Budget Secretary Butch Abad?

Pork-Queen

Analysis by Raïssa Robles I am inviting everyone to closely look at the set of accusations that has given legs to the perception that Budget Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad is corrupt; that he tutored Janet Lim Napoles in the pork barrel scam. And that he is the pork scam mastermind. All of these grew out of one thing: A statement - in the shape of two affidavits - by accused scamster Janet Lim Napoles. It is this same statement that makes people believe that the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) - implemented by Abad - is also heavily tainted with corruption.

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So you think you know Latin

One of the things that has come out of this debate over the DAP controversy is the resurrection of a dead language called Latin. There was a time in Manila that Latin was de regueur among the youth. If you didn't know any Latin you would not count. Today, only lawyers, doctors and priests have preserved this language that even Italians no longer speak, unless they attend a Messa in Latino in one of those tiny churches in Italy attended by old women. My hubby Alan, who speaks three languages, decided to delve into Latin and he made a surprising discovery. Latin, although long dead and long buried, is still evolving. Especially in the legal field. And so he decided to write about his findings:

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I’m not a lawyer, but this is what I think about the DAP controversy

This is what I'm going to say in today's public forum on the controversial Disbursement Acceleration program, held today at the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP NCPAG) UP Assembly Hall. - By Raïssa Robles - I'm not a lawyer. I'm not yellow, nor red, nor peach. I’m a long-time observer and reporter on how our three branches of government work. I base my conclusions on my own findings. And I’m a citizen of this Republic. My pieces on the Supreme Court ruling on the Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP have been interpreted by some as a desecration of the 1987 Constitution. A gross misrepresentation of the separation of powers, which is the very essence of our democracy, and a denigration of the congressional power of the purse. Law students and lawyers, in particular, have been quite virulent in their attacks of me. Shocked but at the same time curious, I decided to find out why.

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Foreign PR firm asks Pinoys: Rate your brand new dictator

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:

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Read for yourself the actual motion for reconsideration on DAP

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.

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Should the President be impeached over DAP?

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.

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Law dean wonders whether the Supreme Court defined “savings” the way Filipinos understood it when they ratified the Constitution

DAP---Mel-Sta-Maria-pic

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.

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