By Ma. Francesca Santiago
I am a kid who is wrapped up in typical teenager things, and as such, I am not fond of keeping with the trends in politics. To be frank, I see politics as not a race or competition, as most people do, but as a downward spiral that leads to nothing but graft, corruption, and our favorite, controversy. At least, that’s what it looks like in the Philippines. But recently, it has been sparking my interest.
By Randy David
If Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. had not been murdered, he would have become, sooner or later, the president of the Philippines. He was only 50 on the day he was killed, Aug. 21, 1983, just minutes after the plane bringing him home from exile landed at the then Manila International Airport. He would have easily won the vote if Ferdinand Marcos, who seized total power in 1972, had allowed free elections to be held after the formal lifting of martial law in 1981. He was the dictator’s most formidable foe. There was never any question that Ninoy Aquino’s star would rise as soon as the Marcos regime fell.
By Conrado de Quiros
Has it been two years already? My, but time really flies.
By Peter Wallace
Zero-based budgeting makes great sense, and has been successful. The old days of just adding and adding without thinking are gone (and the corruption-prone system of reenacting budgets has been abolished as well). Everything has to be reviewed as to whether it makes sense, as to whether it is really needed, and is correctly funded. Anything new has to be challenged as to its relevance and need.
By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
The term “nongovernment organization” has been tarnished because corrupt individuals, in connivance with the corrupt in government, put up fly-by-night “NGOs” to which they channeled loot stolen from public coffers. Even the NGOs (nonprofit groups, foundations, etc.) with good track records are sometimes put under a cloud of suspicion simply because they are too eager to do their jobs and deliver to the poor.