Category Archives: Better Politicians

Was SC justice partial in BCDA-SM Land issue?

Justice is (NOT) for sale, maybe.

Time to revamp the supreme court.

Judicial overreach

In its MR filed in September 2014, the BCDA broadened its case with a new argument: that the Court has encroached upon the powers of the executive. It built its case by showing that questions hounded the integrity of the previous process and that it was within the powers of the Office of the President to “exercise control” over all the executive departments – including changing the mode of disposition of government properties.

‘…the haste and the reckless manner by which the TROs were served and re-served create an impression of bias and manifest partiality in the minds of the respondents and erode their faith in the Honorable Court.’ – BCDA

When he took over, President Aquino suspended the privatization and development of the 33-hectare property via competitive challenge or “Swiss Challenge” as part of a wide-ranging policy review and due diligence process. Fort Bonifacio was not singled out; the Food Terminal Inc complex and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway were subjected to the same rigor.

In 2012, Aquino decided that the Bonifacio property should be opened to public bidding.

In its narration, the BCDA said that “a shadow was cast on the integrity of the process” because the previous board appeared to have rushed approval of the unsolicited proposal of SM Land days before the May 2010 elections.

“The undue haste by which the award was made was a cause for concern of the newly appointed directors and for President Aquino himself,” the BCDA wrote.

Moreover, the offer of SM Land was way below the market value of the land. The BCDA cited the recent appraisal by Cuervo Appraisers placing the cost of each square meter at P78,000. Besides, the BCDA pointed out, SM Land can participate anew, this time in a public bidding.

via Was SC justice partial in BCDA-SM Land issue?.

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.