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Life is a big soap opera for most Filipinos

July 2, 2013

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Former president, now mayor of Metro Manila Joseph Ejercito “Erap” Estrada started his term with a bang; announcing that crime and grime will be swept away from the city under his management. This bold declaration, amusingly, came with actual brooms and water hoses so as to metaphorically enact the said endeavor. The 76-year-old former President […]

Subsidizing informal settlers: the PH government’s knack for small and short-sighted programs

June 24, 2013

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On top of Philippine president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s absurd Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program, the government has once again come up with a strange course of action; persuading informal settlers of Metro Manila to rent somewhere else by covering their expenses. MANILA, Philippines–Malacañang on Monday brushed aside objections to the government’s offer of P18,000 […]

Recto and Salceda: The issue of the “selfish” rich

June 12, 2013

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Two government officials recently aired their resentment towards the “selfish” rich for keeping mum about the worsening poverty in the Philippines. A senator and a provincial governor, both of them economists, are blaming the “selfish” rich for the widening income inequality in the Philippines, which persists despite the economic growth in the first three years […]