Be careful what you wish for
“Those who are quick on the draw usually end up shooting their feet.” —Philip Gilmore
Let’s start with the interesting exchange between Gloria Arroyo’s son, Mikey, and Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda. (more…)
FORMER Planning Secretary Romulo Neri testified yesterday at the graft trial of Benjamin Abalos Sr. and stood pat on his Senate testimony in 2007 that the then Comelec chairman offered him P200 million in exchange for his endorsement of the $329 million NBN-ZTE broadband contract.
The justices of the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division refused to accept Neri’s testimony at face value (more…)
Zeroing in on zeros
by Dean De La Paz / Through the Looking Glas/Business Mirror
Exactly a year from this week the government will need P35 billion to pay the maturing obligations on a zero-coupon bond negotiated during the administration of Gloria Arroyo. (more…)
Rex Robles, a former putschist and member of the Feliciano Commission that looked into the Oakwood Mutiny, had a few choice words about Sen. Joker Arroyo’s vote against amnesty for Trillanes et al. (more…)
“There are things we know that we know. There are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also things we do not know we don’t know. So when we do the best we can and we pull all this information together, and we then say well that’s basically what we see as the situation, that is really only the known knowns and the known unknowns. And each year, we discover a few more of those unknown unknowns.” —Donald Rumsfeld
I was sure about certain things. Like the difference between male and female. And then I heard about the humiliating ordeal suffered by Caster Semenya, the 19-year old South African running phenomenon who dominates the women’s 800-meter race. Now I’m not sure anymore. (more…)
Imagine it’s 2011 and Congress is deliberating the 2012 budget. The P21B Conditional Cash Transfer program enacted in 2010 was administered efficiently and the poor are beginning to feel some improvement in their lives. (more…)
RETIRED Archbishop Oscar Cruz yesterday lamented how Catholics have managed to stay silent even at a time when the strongest criticisms are being hurled against their religion, particularly on the issue of reproductive health and family planning. (more…)
For Immediate Release
The Black and White Movement
16 October 2010
IN DEFENSE OF SEC. GING DELES
The Black and White Movement strongly condemns the House of Representatives resolution demanding the resignation of OPAPP Secretary Teresita “Ging” Quintos Deles.
This resolution was penned in the dead of night by minority representatives (more…)
The economics of conditional cash transfers
DEAN DE LA PAZ / THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS / BUSINESS MIRROR
Dividing a P21.9-billion lump sum into morsels and deciding how much goes where is not difficult. In denying the globally proven economic benefits of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) conditional cash-transfer (CCT) program, critics assert funds might better be spent elsewhere. As they enumerate a motherhood wish list, they’ve forgotten the operant word “conditional” and brand CCTs as dole-outs.
Programmed expenditures directed toward exponentially synergistic and productive consumption patterns where multiplier effects span from the economic to the social are in no way doles. More so when conditionalities impose obligations on recipients where every centavo determines desired behavior, attitudes and the building of human capital. Focused on education and health, long-term productivity is inarguable.
In contrast, (more…)