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Reforms = jobs

The desire of the Aquino administration to ensure that its actions are corruption-free and can stand up to scrutiny is backfiring. Half of its term is over but there is so much yet to be done to restructure the economy for it to generate the jobs required to reduce poverty. And we’re not even mentioning the stalled projects under the flagship Public-Private Partnership program.

Posted: March 4th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

How to fight corruption the ‘SSSS’ way

Here is an “SSSS way,” four simple, concrete steps, to fight corruption.

Posted: September 16th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

‘Matuwid na daan’ still an inspiring but unrealized dream

I was one of the millions who watched President Aquino deliver his lengthy fourth State of the Nation Address. I expected that in the end he would make a historic and brave decision that would set off thunderous applause not just from the audience but throughout the nation.

Posted: August 19th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Achievements

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A remarkable year 2012 was. In his time, President Fidel Ramos brought about some dramatic changes in the business environment—changes that to this day we are still benefiting from. He deregulated the key sectors—sectors that are now vibrant and competitive: telecom (there would be few cell phones today if PLDT had retained its monopoly), power (we’d still be having blackouts), oil and banking.

Posted: January 3rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

President must go beyond his anticorruption drive

The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report cited in the news item titled “PH poverty reduction remains dismal, says UN” (Inquirer, 10/29/12) stated that “Of the seven MDGs, the country got failing grades in four—eradicating extreme poverty, achieving universal primary education, reducing child mortality and sustaining maternal health. . . On the other hand, it received favorable scores in gender equality, reducing tuberculosis and HIV-AIDS prevalence, and ensuring environmental sustainability.”

Posted: November 2nd, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

A matter of trust

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Whence come President Aquino’s chart-busting, confidence-boosting, enemy-scuttling ratings?

Posted: September 10th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The answer is us

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It is a different world out there now. It is not necessarily better, but we have to realize just how different it is from before, and more importantly, just how fast the changes are happening. The rate of change, after change itself, will determine the kind of environment we all live in – the individual [...]

Posted: July 12th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Little accomplishment to show

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Upon completing the second year of his administration, President Aquino had little to claim as economic and social reform accomplishment other than the decapitated head of former Chief Justice Renato Corona as proof of the invincibility of his self-proclaimed “incorruptible” presidency.

Posted: July 6th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

P-Noy’s missed opportunity

Even if we were to grant that former Chief Justice Renato Corona’s signing of a historic waiver of confidentiality on his bank accounts is mere gimmickry (as Deputy Presidential Spokesman Abigail Valte and Rep. Niel Tupas described it), and an attempt at pathetic “palusot” (as Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas decried it), this does not take away its ability to greatly lessen corruption in our country. For if all elected officials were required to sign such a waiver, this will be a very powerful weapon in the hands of President Aquino: this will make headway for his “matuwid na daan” crusade and appreciably lessen the corruption that sucks away annually around 40 percent of our gross national earnings. It will also promote a culture of transparency, accountability and integrity among our elected leaders, and raise the standard for public service many notches higher.

Posted: June 11th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Economy taking off even with CJ on trial

The Inquirer’s March 14 news report, “Philippine execs bullish on the economy,” where the head of the Makati Business Club said Filipino businessmen have turned more upbeat about the country’s economic prospects this year, and the Aquino administration’s drive to impeach Chief Justice Renato Corona has contributed largely to it, confirms my own belief that the anticorruption drive of President Aquino would eventually reap benefits for the economy.

Posted: March 26th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The new year I see

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I am no prophet, no psychic either. I have looked at situations, often interpreted them intelligently, and anticipated what would happen next accurately enough. I have sometimes been wrong, too, but less about “what” and more about “when.” I notice that when I like what I anticipate would happen, I tend to want them to happen sooner.

Posted: December 30th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Getting back at P-Noy

Amando Doronila, in his Dec. 5 front-page article, accused President Aquino of two things—one, of “bullying” the Supreme Court justices appointed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo; and, two, of “intervening” in judicial processes. Doronila said that the President converted the Makati Business Club’s 30th anniversary celebration into a “bully pulpit” to defend himself “from criticism [...]

Posted: December 13th, 2011 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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