Year: 2012

By ARNOLD PADILLA MANILA — In 2012, the dominant theme peddled by the Aquino administration was “good governance is good economics”. Malacañang’s hoax is that the “daang matuwid” (righteous path) has created a favorable environment for inclusive economic growth. From being the sick man of Asia, the Philippines now brims with vitality. Or so,…

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MANILA – Eight months have passed since Arnel Leonor, 19, of Silverio Compound in Parañaque City, was killed during the demolition of their homes. As of this writing, no justice has been served and his mother Glenda feels it is taking too long. Eight months, too, have passed since…

By MARYA SALAMAT MANILA – In 2012, the incomes of the Filipino working population shrunk further compared to the rising cost of living, their recorded productivity and, based on news reports, growing revenues of companies. Considering that 2012 precedes an election year, the Aquino government only responded to decade-long calls of organized labor for…

The following are some of college editors’ proposed 2013 New Year’s Resolution for President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, as compiled by the College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) national office: More prudent spending. The government should monitor spending especially with the implementation of the Sin Tax Law. – Patrick Ong, Editor in chief of The…

Every year comes out with an analysis of the impact of the administration on the issues and concerns that affect the Filipino people. This year ender has added importance as we are approaching the midpoint of the Aquino presidency – which campaigned under the banner of change – and its policy directions have already taken shape.

Gains, sins of omission and commission of the Aquino presidency

State of press freedom: Attacks and threats in 2012

Now you see them, now you don’t, but G.I. Joes are here to stay, no thanks to the Aquino government

The costs of the Aquino government’s K to 12 program

On Aquino’s mid-term, tillers in Luisita, elsewhere still landless

Health for sale

Aquino administration’s human rights policy: Big in words, too little in action

Aquino’s favorite whipping boys in 2012, government employees

Bleeding the supposed ‘bosses,’ the working masses, dry

In 2012, urban poor jailed, killed for fighting for homes

Elite governance, elite economics: When vaunted growth clashes with reality

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Next year would be the mid-point of the Aquino administration. Because it is already near its mid-point, the Filipino people could already accurately gauge the direction of the administration. Let us look at the policy directions of the Aquino presidency by enumerating the issues that emerged in 2012 and the actions…