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Philippines: Where Do We Go From Here?

Quo Vadis, Philippines? This is a Latin phrase which literally means “where are you going” in English. Veteran journalist turned social media influencer Philip Lustre Jr. has probably this in mind when he asked an interesting and somewhat mindboggling question. He asked if the country, with the constant assault on democratic institutions by personalities and entities with sinister motives, is on its way to being a failed state? Using Facebook as a medium, Lustre, known for his in-depth analysis...

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Time To Remove and Ban Mocha Uson From Public Service

The queen of fake news is charged anew for spreading blatant lies and disinformation online. Not yet off the hook with the criminal cases for violation of the Revised Penal Code and the Anti-Cyber Crime Law that Senator Antonio Trillanes filed against her last year, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson is once again charged before a competent authority but this time with cases that are administrative in nature. The youth arm of party-list group...

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The Pork Barrel Queen Is Not Qualified To Be A State Witness

She is called as the pork barrel queen for a reason. Gaining notoriety for masterminding what is probably the grandmother of all scams involving billions of public funds in recent memory, Janet Lim Napoles is accused of concocting a well-orchestrated scheme of stealing from the Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) or popularly known as pork barrel in cahoots with several senators and congressmen. Thus, the nation was shocked and dumbfounded when the disturbing news came out during the...

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Duterte’s Official Family Was Bong Go’s Cheering Squad For A Day And Wasted Taxpayer’s Money In The Process

It seems that the respective heads of the various departments and important government offices under the executive branch have all the time in the world at their disposal. The cabinet secretaries of President Rodrigo Duterte came in full force to give moral support to a beleaguered colleague who is at the center of a controversial Philippine Navy warship deal which is now a subject of Senate investigation. So how powerful, influential and special is Special Assistant to the President...

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2017: The Year The Rule Of Law And Good Governance Died

We are back. It’s the new year and this piece will be the maiden article by Backroom Politics for 2018. Although we want to welcome 2018 with good thoughts, positive vibes and new hopes, looking back at the year that was prevents us from celebrating the dawn of the new year. 2017 was regrettably a horrible setback for the basic tenets of justice, human rights and democracy in the country. Throwing back to last year, it is not an exaggeration to say that the evil forces succeeded in taking over...