Phil. Star opinions
Posted by akosistella on April 16, 2010
EDITORIAL – Lucky suppliers
This has to be one lucky supplier. After bagging a deal worth nearly P700 million to supply 1.8 million ballot secrecy folders for use in the May elections, OTC Paper Supply also submitted the lowest bid of P28 million to supply portable ultraviolet lamps for use in authenticating ballots. Earlier this week, the same company emerged as the winner of yet another contract with the Commission on Elections, this time for the supply of 350,000 stamp pads worth P5.7 million.
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Mikey disqualification open and shut case
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc
Presidential son Mikey Arroyo’s disqualification from party-list election is an open and shut case. That is, if the Comelec bravely will enforce its own rules.
Arroyo and Ang Galing Pinoy did not submit proof that he is its member for at least 90 days already. This violates Comelec Resolution 8807. The poll body had set Mar. 26 as deadline for parties and nominees to show that they truly belong to the marginalized sector they claim to represent. As certified by Comelec chief lawyer Ferdinand Rafanan, Arroyo and Galing Pinoy did not comply. So they automatically must be debarred from the May 10 balloting, said genuine sectoral group Akbayan.
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Did you pay your taxes?
DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco
It was tax day yesterday and I hope you all paid your taxes. If you feel bad about giving government part of your hard earned money, you are not alone. I have always complained about paying taxes because as a long time journalist, I have seen how our leaders waste our money. Former NEDA Secretary Philip Medalla commented last Wednesday in a UP School of Economics forum held at Ayala Tower 1 that “the problem with taxes is that people do not like the quality of spending.”
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A smooth transition is a must
FILIPINO WORLD VIEW By Roberto R. Romulo
All eyes are now fixed on the presidential race. There’s big talk about big things and the big picture. People are forgetting details, but that’s how you can get the big picture wrong. Before we know it, we will be in political transition from the present administration to the next. A transition that is swift and smooth can help to determine how successful a presidency will be. The new team will want to hit the ground running so as to make its imprint quickly on the new presidential agenda.
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