By Solita Collas-Monsod
The Philippine Human Development Report 2008-2009, “Institutions, Politics and Human Development” (disclosure: I am a member of the executive committee), in its theme chapter (another disclosure: my daughter Toby Monsod coauthored the chapter with Emmanuel de Dios) had an excellent analysis and discussion on the national government budget: how it is used as an instrument for development; how it can be a tool for efficient management and accountability; and how it also is used as an instrument for partisan politics. All within the Philippine context.
By Mahar Mangahas
From the time regular opinion polling began in 1986, the record for the longest presidential honeymoon goes to incumbent President Aquino. For 15 consecutive quarters, or just one quarter short of four years, P-Noy’s performance rating in the SWS surveys was no less than +42 (classified by SWS as “Good”; this was in May 2012), and went as high as +64 (“Very Good,” in November 2010).
In a recent radio interview, Sen. Grace Poe declared that she is surrounded by people who give her good advice. Can that also be said of President Aquino?
To a great extent, President Aquino’s startling challenge to the Supreme Court to reconsider its unanimous view on the unconstitutionality of the means by which the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) was implemented depends on proving one thing: That the DAP funds were not abused, or used for corrupt purposes.
By Amando Doronila
President Aquino’s performance and trust ratings have plunged to their lowest levels since he took office in 2010 and the Supreme Court unanimously declared four acts and practices under the administration’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional.