|Sec. of State Hillary Clinton|
On the other hand, it was evident that Cambodia has become "hostage" to China’s foreign aid and vast business investments.
Nowhere is this truer than in Cambodia’s case.
In 2006 a state-owned Chinese company built as a 44-year BOT project costing $280 million (finished at the end of 2011) the Kamchay Dam on the mighty Mekong River in southern Cambodia---its first-ever large-scale hydro-power plant and the biggest single foreign investment then. Since then this dam has been overtaken by larger and more expensive plants all developed by Chinese companies.
Given this reality, Cambodia’s dogged resistance to the adoption of the code of conduct that China’s trying to block in the region’s seas becomes thoroughly understandable. For that's how nations behave---their interest first before those of others.
|Atty. Rico Paolo Quicho|
The former defense lawyer of Chief Justice Renato Corona, Atty. Rico Paolo Quicho, has made good his promise to file, as a private citizen and officer of the court, his formal opposition to the nomination of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima for incoming Chief Justice. Rico has also called for the voluntary inhibition of Rep. Niel Tupas from the deliberations of the Judicial and Bar Council that’s tasked to screen nominees and applicants to the CJ post.
He correctly argued that after all, “there is no dearth of good men and women from whose ranks the next CJ may be selected; and not a scarcity of competent and impartial men and women to participate in the selection process.”
Atty. Abigail, please tell P-Noy: scrap the easily-corrupted CCT and you’ll have more than enough to pay legitimate pay claims.