By Amando Doronila
In a terse statement to the media on Monday, President Aquino said Vice President Jejomar Binay could leave the Cabinet if he no longer agreed with the administration. It was his response to Binay’s speech last week castigating the administration’s supposed shortfalls—an exchange that set them on a collision course at the tail end of the President’s term.
By Walden Bello
BRICS, as is well known, was a name coined by Goldman Sachs analyst Jim O’Neill years ago to refer to promising emerging markets for finance capital that would extend the boom of the global economy in the first decade of the 21st century. But one can say that even if O’Neill had not invented the name, the BRICS would have emerged as a conscious formation of big, rapidly developing countries with an ambivalent relationship to the traditional center economies of Europe and the United States.
By Neal H. Cruz
What pork?—a Malacañang mouthpiece asked reporters on the eve of a massive protest rally against the pork barrel. It is like a pickpocket caught with his hand in somebody else’s pocket, asking “Who, me?” Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, creator of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, said he could “categorically” declare that the pork barrel no longer existed in the proposed budget for next year. False. It is still there—and much bigger.
By Walden Bello
When the original CARP program that was passed under President Corazon Aquino was in danger of unraveling, the peasant movement came together and pushed the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms, or CARPER, through Congress in 2009.
By Vicente L. Rafael
Let’s juxtapose these recent stories and ask if they’re all connected: the dire straits of the survivors of the earthquake and typhoon disasters; the scandalous exploitation of overseas Filipino workers by embassy officials in the Gulf states that Lila Shahani and Walden Bello have been pursuing; the violent eviction of informal settlers at North Edsa; “Binay-gate” at Dasmariñas Village; and the Vhong and Deniece show at Bonifacio Global City. What links all of them?