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Benefit the people, not the pocket

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With the announcement of President Aquino that he is going to fight the Supreme Court decision on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), I think we must revisit this topic.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Stay home, it’s more fun in PH!

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You’d think tourists would be a timorous crowd, that they’d go only where they think it’s safe to go. Not where it’s safe, but where they think it is. That should mean a windfall for the Philippines, as Thailand-heading vacationers think twice, for example.

Posted: July 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Managing poverty reduction

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It doesn’t need managing, it needs eliminating. And there’s only one way to do that: Create well-paying jobs. The “well-paying” bit is overlooked in government, where even nonpaying jobs (on the farm for dad, particularly) are considered in the statistics. I rely better on Social Weather Stations (SWS), where I find the stats more believable. [...]

Posted: July 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Give the poor jobs

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“Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.” That was supposed to have been said by US Adm. David Farragut during the American Civil War. It means, if you want to win you have to take risks.

Posted: June 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Political will—or won’t

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As Ben Diokno pointed out, the level of government spending on infrastructure over the past four years has been appallingly low. Now there are some good reasons for this—none of the previous president’s projects could be trusted to be needed and honestly prepared. But also some bad reasons—an overindulgent bureaucratic system, some inept management, and, importantly, a lack of political will to just get things done.

Posted: June 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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