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SC decision restores normal constitutional order

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As early as 1994, the constitutionality of the pork barrel, then called the Countrywide Development Fund (CDF), was challenged on the ground of violation of the rule that, although appropriating money is the function of Congress, spending it is the prerogative of the executive branch.

Posted: November 20th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Abolition of congressional pork a sham

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The House of Representatives eliminated on Saturday the controversial P25.4-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) from the P2.268-trillion national budget for next year in a token and farcical response to widespread public clamor for the total abolition of the corruption-ridden pork barrel system.

Posted: September 30th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘A bad doing good’

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I am personally impressed at how the Department of Budget and Management under Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad is now taking politically unpalatable but long-warranted reform directions. As such, he demonstrates strong political will and firmly grounded principles, qualities now seemingly rare in public service. For these, he has been awarded the Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair on Good Governance at Ateneo de Manila University. He recently delivered his professorial chair lecture titled “Pursuing the Aquino Administration’s Agenda for Empowerment Through Public Expenditure Management” to an appreciative multisectoral audience—so appreciative that some declared him a worthy “presidentiable” in 2016.

Posted: March 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

An oversight?

The cash gifts controversy enveloping the Senate has forced it to take a long hard look at its practices. The recent harsh exchange of words on the Senate floor between Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano may have dragged the chamber’s reputation through the gutter, but if the flurry of acts and statements from various senators in the last several days is any guide, we may yet look forward to not only a cleaned-up Senate, but a clean slate.

Posted: February 3rd, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Go girl

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Comes now Miriam Defensor-Santiago to set the record straight. Or to remind her countrymen of what they already know. Or to put back in shape the history that someone has tried violently to twist.

Posted: January 17th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Data on pork sourced from DBM website

This has reference to the article titled “DBM released P140-M pork for ex-solon via ‘caretaker’” (Inquirer, 1/2/13).

Posted: January 6th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

A promise yet to be fulfilled

In an April 26, 2010 Inquirer article, “Higher education budget under LP, says Roxas,” a candidate for vice president, who is now the interior secretary, said that if he and his running mate, candidate-for-president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III won the 2010 elections, they would increase the budget for education by up to 5-6 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.

Posted: September 9th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Wanted: Higher budgets for Mindanao

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People from Mindanao have long complained about not receiving their rightful share of the national budget, blaming this for the erstwhile Land of Promise becoming a long-standing promise unfulfilled. What budget are we talking about here?  Several categories of funding support make up the total resource picture in Mindanao.  National funds come in the form [...]

Posted: October 4th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Fight for the right to education

This in response to the editorial titled “Squeeze.” (Inquirer, 9/29/11) One can’t truly understand the protests against the cut on the education budget unless one recognizes that education is a right. Only thus will one also understand that the Sept. 23 National Day of Action was more than for higher state subsidy for education, for [...]

Posted: October 4th, 2011 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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