Philippines' Pork is Rotten to the Bone

The political patronage scandal that has been unfolding inexorably in Manila for more than two months is arguably the biggest in recent Philippine history, certainly bigger than the one that drove former President Joseph Estrada from office and rivaling the excesses of the Marcos years, political observers say. It owes its magnitude to the fact that it appears to go right to the root of the way politics is conducted in this country.

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