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SC’s DAP decision and PH’s budget process

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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.

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

Let facts speak for themselves

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To the many sins (of commission and omission) attributed to the Sandiganbayan (SB), I add another one: partiality in the dispensation of justice. Senators Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada are detained in the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, in cells measuring roughly 31 square meters, with private bath. Yet the SB is content to send Lucila “Gigi” Reyes to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig to a cell, a “dormitory” she shares with nine other women who are supposed members of the New People’s Army.

Posted: July 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

DepEd chooses to remain deaf, dumb

The Dec. 27, 2013, “Invitation to Bid” of the Department of Education states: “The DepEd intends to apply the sum of Three Hundred Eighty-Seven Million Pesos (P387 million) being the Approved Budget for the Contract to payments under the contract for Printing of Grade 9 Learner’s Materials and Teacher’s Guides.” Four letters to the editor [...]

Posted: January 9th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Public officials need ‘help’ to work

We write in search of a few generous souls who may still have some money tucked away for a possible emergency. Such an emergency now exists with the succession of the Napoles PDAF disaster, Malampaya Fund plunder, unconstitutional DAP realignments, catastrophic typhoons and the Bohol-Cebu earthquakes.

Posted: November 9th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Using pork barrel to help calamity victims

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If the Supreme Court declares the pork barrel law unconstitutional, is there still a need for Congress to act? Likewise, if Congress should repeal that law, is there still a need for the Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional? The short answer to both questions is “Yes.” Let me explain.

Posted: November 2nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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