Author Archives: Leo Alejandrino

About Leo Alejandrino

The blog is principally a commentary on Philippine politics and economics.

No Special Treatment

Sign Out No special treatment (Common definition): To be given no deference. No special treatment (Filipino definition): To be accorded respect befitting a person of influence.                                                 -o- Janet Napoles turned herself in and so would we if so welcomed. … Continue reading

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The New, Improved PDAF

                        “A rose by any other name is still a rose.”                                                 -0- Citing time -and not necessarily public outrage- the President announced he was abolishing the PDAF, the boon to the nation that DBM Sec. Abad earlier declared could … Continue reading

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It’s Complicated

Things could get messy. DOJ Sec. de Lima announced cases will shortly be filed against a number of solons associated with the P10 billion pork scam (This confirms what a Senate insider told me that three Senators are soon to … Continue reading

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PDAF: A Hoax Too Big To Fail

The country is apoplectic over the pork scam. Despite the prayers of politicians, this one is not going away. Real estate magnate Janet Napoles fuelled the buzz with her surreal (and unintelligible) Inquirer interview. What was she thinking, that she … Continue reading

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On Coal Trading And Others

It’s amazing what coal trading can do for you. Or so is the claim of the lady with the aristocratically hyphenated family name now on the no-fly zone of Senators and Representatives. The business has allowed her to live her … Continue reading

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Follow The Money

Pork Barrel: Granting of funds to legislators for their projects. Bathtub: Place to store one’s share of pork barrel.                                          —o—  The stench from rotting pork is nauseating. There is the P10 billion in ghost projects financed by the … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a SONA

Every President has a SONA template. This way he does not have to reinvent the wheel year after year. This is President Aquino’s template: Set the stage- Check. The President establishes the proceedings with the question: Why are we here? … Continue reading

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