Category Archives: Better Politicians

In the Philippines, a Rant Against Birth Control – NYTimes.com

He also refuses to explain how his wife’s oral contraceptive killed their son in 1975, when that pill wasn’t even on the market until 1978 and was released in Asia only in 1985.

via In the Philippines, a Rant Against Birth Control – NYTimes.com.

Lest We Forget :: Chiz Escudero’s Stupid Proposal on Education Curriculum Reform for our Country

I can only cite myself as an example,magmula po nung natapos ako nung high
s c h o o l h i n d i k o p a n a g ami t a n g C a l c u l u s , h i n d i k o p a h o n a g ami t a n d
Trigonometry, hindi ko pa ho nagamit and Algebra, iyung Geometry, sa bilyar ko
lang nagamit. At iyong mga ibang itinuturo ay marapat sigurong ituro sa kolehiyo
kung nais maging inhinyero ng isang bata. Iyong mga ibang itinuturo, marapat
sigurong ibigay na lamang nating sa kanila sa kolehiyo o bilang elective
pagdating ng high school.
This would effectively give more time to our children to spend with their
families and perhaps and help them in whatever it is that they are doing to earn a
livelihood. If by any chance we are able to reduce the curriculum by half, we would
effectively double the number of classrooms in a day and overnight because we
can now use the classrooms twice over instead of simply being used once given the
overburdened curriculum that our children have. If only, Mr. Speaker, to propose
the following, I think we can reduce the curriculum to perhaps five or six subjects,
namely: Language, to include Filipino and English; Social Studies and History
both of the world and our country; Math and Science; Computer and Good Manners
and Right Conduct. And I believe that we could develop our children holistically
in such a manner.
This, however, is only a proposal. This is a suggestion for us to look into once
again and study it. And we have made known our proposal to the Secretary of
Education so that they could review this with a view of unburdening our students
at present

I had difficulty finding this. If the congress needs help with their website I’d gladly volunteer to make it more searchable and reliable. If I wasn’t persistent enough I wouldn’t have been able to get the source document.
PDF HERE :

If I only had the time I know If I read through these I’ll be able to find more gems of law makers being less than enlightening.

Hillary Clinton on Family Planning.

I’m pro Family Planning and a rational reality based Reproductive Health program. I think the RH Bill is not being marketed well. It has become somewhat a war between people of great passion and even far greater pride.

Hillary Clinton’s words: “Good Family Planning and Good  Medical Care Brings DOWN the rate of Abortion” and

“Keeping women and men in IGNORANCE, and denied the services actually increases the rate of abortion”.

The unrealiable and increasingly stupid fourth estate must be circumvented to prevent the horse race reportage that it has fallen on.

rePost:: There is now substantial evidence that the health and schooling of children can be raised by empowering women, and this is precisely what Tunisia did when it raised the minimum age for marriage, revoked the colonial ban on imports of contraceptives, instituted the first family planning programme in Africa, legalized abortion, made polygamy illegal, and gave women the right to divorce as well as the right to stand and vote for election. :: Dani Rodrik’s weblog: The unsung development miracles of our time

I score this one against the moralist forces in our country. They are basically against what other countries find successful.

What was their secret? Determined policies to expand educational opportunities and access to health along with a willingness to depart from the conventional wisdom of the day and experiment with their own remedies. Even though all three North African countries are Moslem, empowering of women seems to have played an important role as well:

There is now substantial evidence that the health and schooling of children can be raised by empowering women, and this is precisely what Tunisia did when it raised the minimum age for marriage, revoked the colonial ban on imports of contraceptives, instituted the first family planning programme in Africa, legalized abortion, made polygamy illegal, and gave women the right to divorce as well as the right to stand and vote for election.

What is somewhat puzzling, as Rodriguez and Samman also note, is that these countries have not made nearly as much progress in democratization.

These new “facts” substantially enrich our understanding of the development landscape over the last four decades.

via Dani Rodrik’s weblog: The unsung development miracles of our time.

Better Class of Politicians :: Manny does a Floyd (A missed opportunity) | Filipino Voices

Fr. Tito Caluag who is supposed to have signed the report has publicly denounced the hoax by stating to the effect that the document is forged and that he is not even competent to make the evaluation since he is neither a psychologist (nor a psychiatrist).

It was then a perfect opportunity for Villar to be a gentleman politician by condemning the ludicrous fabrication and thereby allowing to mitigate the tone of animosity in the campaign (that is, if the source of the report is not his party or a cabal of rabid partisans). Very unfortunately, Villar did just the exact opposite.

One may recall that during the last US presidential election, a woman from the audience in a town hall meeting stood up and took the microphone to confirm from John McCain if Barack Obama is an Arab (implying maliciously that being an Arab, Obama is either uncivil or a terrorist). McCain defended his rival without any hesitation. “No ma’am,” McCain said to the woman after retaking the microphone from her. “He is a decent family man . . . citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that’s what this campaign is all about,” he further stressed earnestly.

Unlike McCain who had had the basic decency to cut off the woman wanting to stoke bigotry, Villar reacted in the other extreme by issuing a statement challenging Aquino to submit to a psychiatric test to determine his rival’s fitness to be a president. In a pretense to appear fair, Villar said he is willing to take the same test or a “comprehensive physical and mental examination in order to ascertain [our] fitness to occupy the highest office of the land.”

via Manny does a Floyd (A missed opportunity) | Filipino Voices.