Opinions in the Phil. Star
Posted by akosistella on April 23, 2010
EDITORIAL – The right connections
Meritocracy, the rule of law, transparency — you name it, President Arroyo has set it back during her long years in power. Malacañang spokesmen say that poor government employees deserve representation in the board of the Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG Fund. If this nation is ever going to improve its competitiveness instead of turning into Asia’s basket case, something should be added to that noble explanation for the appointment of the President’s manicurist, Anita Carpon, to the Pag-IBIG Fund, and her gardener Armando Macapagal to the Luneta Administration: poor government employees can be promoted, why not, but only if they deserve it. This is called merit, and it has nothing to do with regular contact with the President’s ingrown toenails and fingernails.
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People more pessimistic about life
DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco
Election season is normally fiesta time. People are happy because candidates and their supporters have rediscovered their importance. Money is being spent on colorful rallies, food and other goodies are being distributed and money in general changing hands for precious votes. The economy receives a stimulating boost as wealth is redistributed to the bottom part of the population who quickly spend the largesse for their basic needs.
Elections also used to offer hope of better days ahead. Candidates offer solutions to age old problems and for a brief moment transport many of our people to a much better place. Six years ago, Pulse Asia recorded only a 22 percent pessimism rate among our people. Today, it has gone up to 35 percent.
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Defer Ampatuan trial, or bring case to UN
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc
Gloria Arroyo had better think twice about fixing the massacre case against her Ampatuan political pals. She might end up co-accused — before the International Criminal Court no less.
Formed in 2002, the UN body tries cases of genocide, war crimes, and atrocities against humanity. As a rule, it takes on cases if, in obvious cover-up, a government refuses to mete justice.
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