Everything you've wanted to know about RP politics, but were afraid to ask.

No failure of elections

Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010


AD LIB By Greg B. Macabenta

Every time a Comelec official issues a reassuring statement to the effect that there will be no failure of elections on May 10, I am reminded of the commercial airline pilot who calmly addressed the passengers over the intercom: “Ladies and gentlemen, if you look out the right window, you will see that the right engine is burning. But don’t worry. Everything is under control.”

A short time later, the pilot spoke again, soothingly: “Ladies and gentlemen, if you look out the left window, you will see that the left engine is burning. But don’t panic. Everything is under control.”

Then after a few minutes, the pilot went on again, cool and collected: “Ladies and gentlemen, we shall now go through the standard emergency procedures. Please follow after me…Our Father, who art in heaven….”

In like manner, the Malacañang mouthpieces, Gary Olivar and Charito Planas, are reassuring us, in the most calm and collected manner, that, despite all signs to the contrary, everything is under control and there will be no failure of elections.

Click Greg Macabenta.

First 100 days
CORE By Benjamin E. Diokno

Amidst the uncertainty of whether the automated elections would work, a new government installed on June 30, 2010, should provide the country a new beginning. The new president should put in place within 100 days a framework of governance for the next six years.

His first major task is to design and implement a tax-and-spending package that will yield sufficient resources, on a sustainable basis, to finance the needs of an economy that has to grow fast enough, in an inclusive way, while at the same time making up for past neglect in education, health care, and public infrastructure.

The tax system has to be overhauled in a way that it does not disrupt the nascent economic recovery. But the quality of spending has to increase so that more resources should go to education, health care, social welfare and well-chosen public projects in urban centers and the countryside. The resulting tax-and-spending mix should be pro-poor and pro-business.

Click Ben Diokno


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