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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 »

Shift funds for planned airport to rebuild Bohol

The money for the construction of the proposed P7.2-billion Bohol (Panglao) International Airport will be well-spent and will be more than enough for the rehabilitation of quake-damaged Bohol

Posted: October 30th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Exceptionalism

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In his speech last Sept. 10, postponing the vote of the US Congress on his plan to strike militarily at Syria, US President Barack Obama raised a row with Russian President Vladimir Putin over American “exceptionalism.”

Posted: October 11th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Between gridlock and greed

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It is difficult to say which is preferable: a party-based politics that sometimes results in governmental gridlock, or a money-based politics that runs smoothly on pork barrel privileges. America today illustrates the deep-rooted dysfunctions of the former, while the Philippines showcases the perverse pragmatism of the latter.

Posted: October 2nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Pork abolition not enough, mend budget system too

I welcome the response of President Aquino to the pork barrel issue. It’s time to break down the system of patronage and dynastic politics. Through this, let us intensify the creation of transparent mechanisms for services to truly reach the people.

Posted: September 3rd, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Congress not usurping functions of executive branch

I read with much interest Neal H. Cruz’s column titled “Hated pork barrel still in new budget” (Opinion, 7/26/13). He noted his observations and issues regarding the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).   However, while I agree with him on some points in his disquisition on the PDAF, I would like to take exception to [...]

Posted: July 31st, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Charge it to defense budget

I keep reading news reports that our government will demand payment from the United States government for the damage done by the USS Guardian to the Tubbataha Reef.

Posted: April 20th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Aquino and his ‘quick-fix’ tack

President Aquino and his budget chief, Secretary Butch Abad, recently announced plans to increase the budget allocations for public colleges. Although the announcement sounds all nice and well, the increase should not be seen as a solution to the problem of students having trouble paying their tuition.

Posted: April 20th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Contentious battleground

The passage of the controversial Reproductive Health Law was an epic struggle; wouldn’t it be tragic if, for lack of the necessary funds, or because of complacency among its varied coalition of supporters, the landmark legislative victory turned out to be merely Pyrrhic?

Posted: February 7th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Provision of law inserted to benefit lawmakers

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The insults, revelations, accusations being hurled or insinuated on the Senate floor have riveted public attention, which of course is to be expected, because who can resist all these juicy tidbits after all? But the concentration on the trees should not distract us from what is or has been happening in the forest. Let’s not forget the big picture, please.

Posted: January 25th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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