Malacanang’s response to the release of a Social Weather Stations survey showing that 43 percent, or about 9.3 million Filipinos, considered themselves hungry, and 55 percent, or some 12.1 million Filipino families, thought themselves poor, was true to form.
By Mahar Mangahas
In the phrase “inclusive growth,” the key word is “inclusive,” not “growth.” Unless economic growth is inclusive, meaning that it benefits the lower classes, let us not make so much propaganda about it.
The Pulse Asia survey result showing that Filipinos are divided on whether President Aquino has fulfilled “tuwid na daan” is understandable but inaccurate. The public perception is understandable because the survey was made at a time when stories of corruption dominated newspaper headlines and prime-time television news. But it is inaccurate because the exposés are, in fact, proof that “tuwid na daan” is gaining ground.
By Amando Doronila
Malacañang disputes recent survey results showing that only three of 10 Filipinos believe President Aquino has delivered on his promise of “daang matuwid” (straight path).
By Juan L. Mercado
Most of us are fixated on Vice President Jejomar Binay’s now 15 percent—and still plunging—nosedive in poll standing as well as on that sprawling P1.2-billion Batangas “hacienda” with an air-conditioned piggery, or on the bogus bakery for Makati senior citizens’ birthday cakes.