Thursday, October 28, 2010


In Randy David's Inquirer column today, he says of the conditional cash transfer program:

It can be a first step towards re-inserting them [the poor] into the productive circuits of a volatile economy, but it cannot be the solution to poverty. Neither does it constitute a meaningful redistribution of wealth.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

CONFIDENCE, THE BRINGER OF PROSPERITY a.k.a. The not-that-great debate begins

God knows how I hate criticizing specific people or their articles. God also knows I wouldn’t have the gall to do so were it not for the distance cyberspace provides. And God knows I feel way over my head when criticizing such accomplished individuals as Cielito Habito or Winnie Monsod, on a subject I know next to nothing about: economics, which happens to be their lifelong vocation.

Yet for the sake of consistency, I shall make an effort to address the points made in Habito’s latest article, ‘Securing our economic future.’ I agree with every single word he says in it, but I do have some reservations which I shall now expound.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010


In a show of political will on the part of mayors, the MMDA, and other related groups, the ‘odd-even’ traffic scheme has been deferred... but not totally ruled out. As if the present ‘number coding’ scheme, wherein license plates ending with certain numbers are banned two at a time each weekday, weren’t bad enough, the government (the word ‘government’ said with utmost distaste)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Back in the early 2000s, I remember catching ‘Debate’ every now and then, and appreciating the way the show was run. Winnie Monsod’s feisty and humorous personality is great for TV. Alas, what makes for entertaining TV, or popular Youtube videos for that matter, does not necessarily make for good economics.

Monday, October 4, 2010


Maybe I'm just stupid - and I haven't discounted that possibility - but the Inquirer's headline story today, wherein the CBCP considers civil disobedience as a means of defying legislative efforts to institute a national contraceptive plan, left me with more questions as to what these people consider a just battle against government action.

But first, I find it amusing that the Inquirer made a remarkable effort in the article to contextualize the comments of CBCP secretary general Juanito Figura. Nothing like a bad spin to make one conscientious the next time around.

Friday, October 1, 2010


After several months in hiding, the Reproductive Health bill and the matter of contraception in general are back in the headlines. So we wake up this morning to find out that, oh no, my hero Noynoy! Noynoy! Noynoy! (NNN) is being threatened with excommunication by Catholic bishops! God forbid his soul be placed in jeopardy!