One Step Forward and Two Steps Back

My colleague John Baybay posted a thought-provoking article to GR Business Online a couple days ago (“Fair Process and the Myth of Inclusive Growth”, available at www.grbusinessonline.com). The article makes the broad point that what is lacking in the present Administration’s approach to the economy – and which has as a result turned President Benigno S Aquino 3’s mantra of “inclusive growth” into a hollow, meaningless catchphrase – is an understanding and respect for “fair process”.

John cites the current crisis in Sabah as a glaring example: Right or wrong, the men facing off against Malaysian forces are Filipino citizens. The State has a duty to exert its full efforts to ensure they are protected by working to peacefully defuse the current situation and ensuring they are subsequently treated in a humane and just manner according to fair and transparent processes. How the State is to accomplish all that is a complex challenge for which there is no easy answer; what is certainly not the answer, however, is to declare those men of Sulu “hard-headed” and “fighting a hopeless cause,” particularly when there is extensive evidence in the very laws the President has sworn to uphold that suggests the cause may not be hopeless at all.

Read the rest of the article here.

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I write a column for The Manila Times on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Most of the energy sector and the heads of several government agencies probably wish I didn't.

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BlueStreak
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Sorry to say this but the President is somehow talking like an imbecile especially when he said “fighting a hopeless cause”.

Libertas
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No dynasties, no poverty. The wealth gap in the philippines is now officialy the worst in asia, and one of the worst in the world, in essence meaning any growth is benefitting only a very small percentage ( less than 0.5 percent – especially when it is paper profit and little is being used for investment), whilst in the country as a whole, unemployment rises, poverty remains over 30%, and even those with jobs are worse off due to inflation, increased commodity and electricity prices, and higher tax deductions on static wages/salaries. In reality things have got worse for 95%… Read more »
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I read today in “The Malaysian Insider”, very intersting..for Filipinos with the narrow minded to think. http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/in-sulu-sultans-invasion-smoke-and-mirrors/ In Sulu ‘Sultan’s’ invasion, smoke and mirrors The Lahat Datu invasion episode is no more than a pretentious display of authority by the pretender Sulu “Sultan” Jamalul Kiram III and those in cahoots with him. The ridiculous action taken by Jamalul and his loyal militants is an act in futility. What more when Malacanang Palace itself has made it clear that the Sulu Sultanate is now defunct with the last recognised sultan being Sultan Jamalul Ikram II (1884-1936). A group of 234 militants… Read more »
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