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Manila Standard Today: Now, after the Supreme Court – under his won handpicked Chief Justice – has ruled 13-0 against his DAP, Mr. Aquino wants to rewrite the definition of “savings” in the national budget as a way of circumventing the Court’s decision. Such a breathtaking abuse of power recalls the infamous words of the Senate president in 1949, Jose Avelino, who famously demanded of his colleagues in the Liberal Party: “What are we in power for?” Manila Standard Today

Manila Standard Today Editorial: Angered that he was being investigated by the Quirino administration, Avelino continued: “Why should we pretend to be saints when in reality we are not? We are not angels. When we die we will all go to hell. It is better to be in hell because in that place there are no investigations, no Secretary of Justice, no Secretary of the Interior to go after us. “When Jesus Christ died on the cross, He made a distinction between the good crook and the bad crook. We can aspire to be good crooks. “No doubt, the modern-day Liberals and their allies draw inspiration from this voice from the past, and believe that at least they are good – at being crooks. Manila Standard Today