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  1. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Joseph Estrada: The Philippine politician who can't stop apologising

    Posted Oct 27th 2013, 06:07am by Alan Robles

    ... corruption and sex scandals. Analysts have said one basis of Berlusconi's popularity was the fact that many Italians wanted to be like him, and this was true of Erap as well. Most Filipinos ...

  2. Corruption contested

    Posted Jan 27th 2005, 12:00am by Alan Robles

    ... Alan Robles, MANILA Recently, one newspaper led with an Asian Development Bank report of 102 countries which ranked the Philippines as second only to Bangladesh in corruption. Now, many of us Filipinos know our country is a world leader in graft, but there is a problem with the report. It does not fit with Transparency International's 2004 global corruption survey, which ...

  3. National cancer

    Posted Aug 28th 2003, 12:00am by Alan Robles

    ... as usual in the great Philippine tradition of corruption in high places. One recent survey shows six out of 10 Filipinos are ready to believe any stories of graft about their politicians. And why ... the public treasury and died without being punished for it. Corruption - the big C - is a priority issue for this government, which has initiated 'lifestyle checks' on public officials ...

  4. Something wicked

    Posted Oct 09th 2007, 12:00am by Alan Robles

    ... stolen from his hotel room in Hainan in April, few thought it would lead to one of the biggest corruption scandals to threaten the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Among ... corruption in the public service'. Few believe the war is being won. Asked if he believed the government was addressing corruption effectively, Ed Tirona, a former executive at a British ...

  5. Generating controversy

    Posted Feb 19th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Robles

    ... plants, some near volcanoes. And the corruption stories? Mr Cojuangco shrugged. 'I don't think they're relevant to the discussion, because the plant is already owned by the Filipino ... be remembered that this is a country where high-level corruption is commonplace. With a US$1 billion fund on the table, Filipinos are right to wonder if the plant will generate more kickbacks than ...

  6. Just send the money

    Posted Nov 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Alan Robles

    ... the nation is ranked among the world's poorest and most corrupt. A recent United-Nations-backed study notes that some provinces here are so poor that they can be compared to stricken African ... of extremity, our leaders feel no urgency to change their corrupt practices. Neither do they feel the desperate poverty that the dollars paper over. 'Let the poor eat cake,' you can almost ...

  7. President orders 'nightlife checks' on law enforcers

    Posted Sep 18th 2003, 12:00am by Alan Robles

    ... of their policemen, who are widely believed to be corrupt and abusive and have been linked to bank robberies, kidnappings and petty extortion. According to Mrs Arroyo, 'the symptoms of corruption ... in nightspots because 'it smacks of corruption'. Senior police have been ordered to inspect all clubs, discos and beer houses to keep their men out of these establishments. Presidential ...

  8. Best of a bad job

    Posted Jun 16th 2005, 12:00am by Alan Robles

    ... 'Corruption doesn't grow as fast this year.' Scurrilous as it is, the press has helped bring down criminal governments, such as those of Ferdinand Marcos and Joseph Estrada. It is now breaking a story on how the government might have rigged last year's election. A censored press would not stop corruption, or even be a more professional body. Censorship would only benefit ...

  9. Dealing with cards

    Posted Aug 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Alan Robles

    ... was a professional basketball player.' Given the history of distrust, corruption and abuse when it comes to documents, the likelihood of a national ID scheme being successful is probably the same ...

  10. Dead-end profession

    Posted May 12th 2005, 12:00am by Alan Robles

    ... hard exposing the corruption of local government officials. If a movie like Erin Brokovich- where the protagonist unearths a hazardous waste cover-up- were set in the Philippines, it would end ... corruption. He forgets two things: first, it was the hard-hitting press that helped drive Joseph Estrada from office and install Mrs Arroyo as his successor. Second, a government that cannot find ...




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