A growing reputation as a bad customer

July 3, 2015 10:54 pm

IT was not, as both the spokespersons for the Aquino Administration and the Department of Defense have explained, a ‘suspension’ of three contracts to acquire military aircraft that the Commission on Audit issued last week. It was rather a ‘suspension in audit,’ which requires further documentation and explanation from the government before the audit could continue.

The semantics are unbecoming. The purpose of an audit is to determine whether proper procurement and contract procedures have been followed, and whether money disbursed went where it was supposed to go. While it is true that a project such as equipment procurement can…

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Missing government, missing opposition

July 2, 2015 11:09 pm

VICE President and now UNA Chairman Jejomar Binay would have a more credible case against the allegedly “missing government” of President Benigno BS Aquino 3rd if he’d also offer a truthful accounting of “the missing Opposition” in national politics. And … Read more »

Support the push for electric vehicles

July 1, 2015 11:09 pm

THE Electric Vehicles Association of the Philippines (EVAP) has again made a pitch to replace the country’s aging, unsafe, and environmentally unfriendly fleet of jeepneys and tricycles with electric vehicles. It is a call that is long overdue for committed … Read more »

Doubts over targets justify CCT probe

June 30, 2015 10:47 pm

We support calls for an investigation into the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program and hope that this leads to a rigorous evaluation of its efficiency. The calls not only came from critics of the Aquino Administration, but also from … Read more »

A good reason not to panic

June 29, 2015 10:24 pm

THE dreaded moment has come – or it was probably more than half-expected by most analysts, and now it has finally happened: The long, contentious negotiations between the financially-strapped government of Greece and the European Union have collapsed, creating an … Read more »

Poverty persists despite the rhetoric

June 28, 2015 10:51 pm

ACCORDING to the latest installment of a regularly conducted survey by the Ibon Foundation, five years of the Aquino Administration’s “straight path” has hardly dented the persistence of poverty in the Philippines. The survey, which the group reports was conducted … Read more »

Good news from the BPO sector

June 27, 2015 10:22 pm

AT a time when much of our attention is focused on swirling political controversies, a bit of good news is more than welcome. Such is the case with the banner story from yesterday’s business section, which detailed the 13.8 percent … Read more »

Abad should be charged over IRA

June 26, 2015 11:19 pm

BUDGET Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad, mastermind of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and this government’s devious definition of savings from which could be drawn funds for its discretionary spending, should face charges for withholding the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) during … Read more »

Make January 25 a day of national remembrance

June 25, 2015 11:20 pm

BEFORE it becomes just another leaf in the nation’s history, the 16th Congress should make January 25 a day of nationwide remembrance in this country. Congress should call it National Service Day to honor the service and spirit of the … Read more »

Not just delicadeza, but smart management

June 24, 2015 10:29 pm

CABINET members who intend to run for office in the 2016 elections should follow the example of Vice President Jejomar Binay and resign their posts, Senator JV Ejercito said at a forum on Tuesday. This is an eminently sensible suggestion … Read more »