Here’s an interesting claim from an article in today’s online edition of the Manila Bulletin, which is apparently too exciting to attribute to a particular author:
Two factors â€“ skilled workforce and competitive labor cost â€“ account for investorsâ€™ choice of the Philippines as an ideal investment site. Many foreign companies reportedly prefer Filipino workers because they are easily trained, industrious, computer literate, English-speaking, and willing to work longer hours and at cheaper labor cost. We have the best workforce in the world,â€ the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) declares, citing the aforecited traits as to why the Philippines continues to attract foreign investors.
Well, that’s great. And highlighting “English-speaking” in a paragraph which includes the phrase “citing the aforecited traits” really drives the point home, doesn’t it? But of course, I’ve been here long enough that, grammar sentinel though I may be, exuberantly incoherent nationalism is hardly anything exciting. The real whopper in this Stuart Smalley-esque exposition is this claim:
In the first five months of 2011, FDIs reportedly rose by 189 percent to R300 billion and this is attributed to renewed investor confidence.Â
Protip: If you’re going to make an unsubstantiated claim, make sure you don’t include facts that anyone with an Internet connection can actually check. Even the technical backgrounder for President Aquino’s recent SONA – a speech which is arguably the apex of self-promotion opportunities for any president – presents a decidedly more down-to-earth assessment of the level and source of investor confidence through his first 14 months in office.
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Actual journalism – reporting the key facts of current events, gathering views from both sides of a story, confirming information – is not really that difficult, and can be interesting. Maybe the folks at the Bulletin should try it sometime.