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‘Hundred-Days’ strategy for the next President

Posted by akosistella on April 26, 2010


Our next president—particularly if he should turn out to be Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd—will have his work cut out for him.

Given our notorious factionalism, the threat of Rep. Gloria Arroyo’s leading the congressional opposition seems to me overstated. Consider how even now she is failing to prevent high-profile defections from her ruling coalition.

A sitting president’s powers of reward and punishment are simply too strong for lower-level politicians to resist for too long. The next president is likely to find our traditional constraints on presidential power more frustrating.

These limitations arise from our weak sense of nationality, our demoralized bureaucracy, our lack of institutional parties, our deficient public finances—and what the World Bank calls the overwhelming influence of special interests on the machinery of government.    

via Manila TImes.


Noynoy vows probe off mining activities in Nueva Vizcaya

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines – Liberal Party presidential bet Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has vowed to initiate an investigation into the illegal mining activities in the province if elected president.

Aquino said he has personally witnessed from above on a chopper during a campaign sortie how unfettered mining activities have left mountains in the province eroded.

“(We will seek) an investigation on this matter. It’s disturbing that the whole mountain top is almost gone,” he said.

via Phil. Star

AND: Aquino to Comelec: No surprises please

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