My colleague John Baybay posted a thought-provoking article to GR Business Online a couple days ago (â€œFair Process and the Myth of Inclusive Growthâ€, available at www.grbusinessonline.com). The article makes the broad point that what is lacking in the present Administrationâ€™s approach to the economy â€“ and which has as a result turned President Benigno S Aquino 3â€™s mantra of â€œinclusive growthâ€ into a hollow, meaningless catchphrase â€“ is an understanding and respect for â€œfair processâ€.
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 â€œhard-headedâ€ and â€œfighting a hopeless cause,â€ 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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