Today’s Views

Here’s why ’08 Philippines budget is anti-poor

Oct 02, 2007

COMMENTARY | By Ibon Foundation

Contrary to the Arroyo government’s claims of a social payback in exchange for new tax measures, only 17 centavos out of every peso in revenues are allocated in next year’s budget for health, education and housing services. In the budget, funding for government hospitals was slashed by 12 percent. By contrast, the Department of National Defense will get thrice as much as the health department.

Arroyo’s days of reckoning

Sep 24, 2007


Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is not yet off the hook. She may have to face her day of reckoning as a private citizen, probably even before her term ends in 2010.

Moros have had it with GMA’s all-out wars

Aug 06, 2007

COMMENTARY | By Amirah Ali Lidasan

Who committed the beheading and why did the perpetrators commit such act is a very controversial and sensitive issue that should have been responded to with discretion rather than warmongering. For weeks, it is as if every Muslim has to answer for it.

Maidlas nga hustisya

Jun 09, 2007

Commentary | Mas migrabe ug mitaas ang ihap sa mga kaso sa pagpanglapas sa tawhanong katungod sa niaging eleksyon. Kaylap ang black propaganda sa mga progresibong party-list. Kaylap usab ang harassment, pagpanghadlok ug pagpangbahad ang nasinati sa mga lider, miyembro ug tigsuporta niini sa tibuok rehiyon sa Caraga.

Nothing to celebrate for 100 years of a colonial, rubberstamp Congress

Jun 07, 2007

Commentary | That the House leadership traces its roots to the US-created Philippine Assembly of 1907 and not to the first Malolos Congress of 1898 is a testament to the colonial mindset that has characterized the institution for the last century. From 1907 till this day, Congress’s role has been to protect the narrow foreign and elite interests. Thus, it is one of the biggest hindrances to social reform and political modernization.

In the Philippines: May 14th elections Too soon to tell

Jun 03, 2007

By Steven Rood
The Asia Foundation

While waiting for clarity in these races, it is useful to reflect on past elections for the light they shed on the present. One lesson is how all Philippine governments rely on elections for their legitimacy, and care a great deal about foreign opinion about those elections.

Spectacle of a problematic election

May 26, 2007

Commentary | The elections are a period when conflicting forces play out an act in a long-running drama. For those who control power, each election is crucial. They cannot afford to lose. They can, in another sense, afford to win through guns, goons, gold and Garci.

A sickness called Garci

May 26, 2007

Commentary | The reports of massive fraud are staring the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the face and Comelec chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr. and Commissioner Rene Sarmiento still refuse to conduct a thorough investigation and act swiftly to prevent further damage. And they refuse to do so only because there are no witnesses. Perhaps the Comelec is afflicted with a serious illness called Garci.