Pragmatism and the issue of means and ends

THE MORAL of the story that is the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) is a hackneyed one: a noble end does not a winner make. Your matching means must be noble as well. The Supreme Court declared unconstitutional “some acts and practices” under DAP, but not the whole DAP itself. The ponencia appreciates its function as […]

DAP setback: Govt needs to stay the course

KEEP GOING. Stay the course. This is our piece of advice to the PNoy administration in the wake of the Supreme Court decision to declare unconstitutional certain acts and practices under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and related executive issuances. Although we disagree with the Supreme Court on certain areas, we recognize that our criticisms […]

A graphic victory for advocates vs smoking

IN THE MIDDLE of the unprecedented crisis engulfing both houses of Congress arising from the pork barrel scam, a bill overshadowed by bigger issues was passed. This bill is about the graphic health warning on cigarettes. The Senate and the House of Representatives have ratified the bicameral conference committee bill (which reconciles the versions of […]

Guns and guitars

I LANDED in Bangkok on June 11 anxious to hear from friends in the classical guitar community there of their experiences of, and what they thought about, the most recent military power grab in Thailand. Having been there three times for guitar festivals and competitions since 2012, I had hitherto been reluctant to press the […]

Reforming PhilHealth: confrontation won’t help

RECENTLY, the president of the Private Hospitals Associations of the Philippines Inc. (PHAPI) threatened to deny patients the benefits from the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). Instead, Rustico Jimenez, the PHAPI president, said that the patients should directly get the reimbursements from PhilHealth. Dr. Jimenez alleged that PhilHealth’s reimbursements to private hospitals were delayed by […]

Good health and common sense

WHAT DOES it take to give good health service to people? Common sense. The former governor of Leyte wanted to get and keep the good doctors for the provincial hospital by giving them competitive pay, but standing laws wouldn’t allow him. What he did to overcome the hurdles was ingenious. When Carlos Jericho L. Petilla […]