Thursday, July 18, 2013

PDAF ng Ina Mo

Disbursement done.
At first I thought PDAF was needed to keep conscientiously challenged members of congress at bay. A sitting president will need to have the power of the purse to prod or restrain key people in the pursuit of his or her programs. I thought without the PDAF, a sitting president would be powerless to effect change. No PDAF, no carrot, no stick.

Monday, March 11, 2013

A Few Armed Men


On Valentines Day, the Sultan of Sulu sent a few armed men to Sabah to 'reclaim' it. Mr. Sultan claims that Sabah belongs to the Sultanate and that it is merely on lease to Malaysia for Php70,000 per year -- which tells me that I've been renting the wrong place this whole time! It appears nobody remembered to consider inflation when they were hammering out the lease agreement. Big mistake.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Legislating Prejudice

The issue of political dynasty is not about politicians and their relatives. Political dynasty is a reflection of our problematic voting culture. No matter how hard we try, and even if there prevails an antidynasty law, we would still be in deep doo-doo simply because we have missed the real issue.

It's not about stopping relatives of politicians from running for office; it's about changing the way we vote. It's about voting for the candidate best-suited for the job regardless of his or her last name.

An antidynasy law can not and should not substitute for voters' maturity. We should never legislate discernment. Sadly, an antidynasty law will only succeed in legislating prejudice.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Guardian Angels

It's a classic case of barking up the wrong tree when we start ganging up on the guard on duty everytime something bad happens in a mall. Really, what can guards do to prevent determined people from bring in guns to the mall? Given the rules they operate by, it's not so hard to slip in a gun.