Three takeaways from the US elections

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 11/14/2020

Reader, I have three takeaways from the results of the US elections, and I wonder whether they are the same as yours. My first takeaway is the question: After four years of Trumpian lies and abuse of…

16.6M votes—and 91-percent approval rating?

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 11/07/2020

Who would have believed, prior to this year, that a US presidential election would have a presidential candidate, the incumbent president at that, screaming fraud and demanding a recount or trying to stop the ballot counting, and…

Not an iota of credible evidence against De Lima

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 10/31/2020

Why hasn’t Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court (Branch 205) Judge Liezel Aquiatan granted bail to Sen. Leila de Lima, as she was requested to do in June, and again in August this year? Is it that difficult…

Waste, Congress, and idiocy

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 10/10/2020

So much media attention has been given to the Cayetano-Velasco speakership controversy. And rightly so. In a nutshell, Alan Peter Cayetano reneged on his “gentlemen’s agreement” with Lord Allan Velasco on the speakership-sharing agreement. I did not…

Ombudsman Martires: Cupidity? Stupidity?

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 09/26/2020

Yesterday’s editorial in this newspaper, “Who is he protecting?” referring to Ombudsman Samuel Martires, described his recent actions as “seemingly intent on defanging a law intended to pinpoint graft in governance and on providing a convenient shield…

Fact: The gov’t has done a lousy job

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 09/19/2020

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) just came out with growth forecasts for the region as well as member countries. Developing Asia is to contract by 0.7 percent this year, and Developing Asia without the newly industrialized economies…

Where is transparency in gov’t metrics?

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 09/12/2020

As I reported to you earlier, Reader, the Philippine Development Plan 2017-22, whose priorities admittedly (by President Duterte himself in its foreword) were guided by his 0+10 point Socio-Economic Agenda, has an accompanying Results Matrix. The Philippine…

Proof of deterioration of our justice system

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 08/29/2020

  Sen. Leila de Lima celebrated her 61st birthday two days ago, with a night of songs and encomiums from stars of the political (those who dared) and entertainment worlds, as well as people from all walks…

They are playing with our lives

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 08/22/2020

I cannot believe it. In the face of an unprecedented and disastrous contraction of the Philippine economy of 16.5 percent in the second quarter of 2020, the Bayanihan 2 budget is allocating only P140 billion—with another P25…

16.5-percent GDP drop: What went wrong?

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 08/08/2020

Our country has experienced negative growth for two quarters in a row in 2020 and is now technically in recession. In the first quarter of 2020, we contracted by 0.7 percent, and for the second quarter, the…

How do we measure ‘success’ against COVID-19?

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 07/25/2020

  The topic du jour at this point has to be the State of the Nation Address (his penultimate) of President Duterte, and the opposition’s (very small but very loud) own views. Sen. Leila de Lima has…

What ‘conscience vote’?

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 07/11/2020

  As you read this, Reader, we should know the decision of the House of Representatives Committee on Legislative Franchises regarding the ABS-CBN franchise renewal. Assuming everything goes on schedule. But I write this column on Thursday…

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