Neda chief skips Brunei

A+
A
A-

For being too candid about the government’s failure to make a dent in the country’s poverty incidence, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan may have earned the ire of the Malacañang occupant.

A day after releasing the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) report, Balisacan was apparently bumped off from a trip to Brunei, where President Aquino is attending the 22nd high-level meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

Balisacan was noticeably absent from the 51-member delegation that left for Bandar Seri Begawan at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

He was originally listed as among the Cabinet members accompanying the President to the two-day Asean summit, said deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte, when she was interviewed last Sunday.

However, a statement released by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. on Wednesday showed one person less from the official manifest of the chartered Philippine Airlines flight.

No longer needed

When reporters sought an explanation for this, Lacierda and Valte said that Balisacan’s presence was no longer needed.

“More of Asean and trade topics,” said Lacierda in a text message.

Valte said as much, saying: “(The) topics will be more on Asean and trade, kaya hindi na sumama (so he didn’t come along).”

Asked if the last-minute ditching of Balisacan was related in any way to the negative report on poverty by NSCB, Valte said: “Not at all.”

Adjusting to time difference

Asked why he was no longer joining the trip to Brunei, Balisacan said: “I had just come back from the IMF (International Monetary Fund)-World Bank meeting in the United States the midnight before our press conference on poverty statistics.

“We took that opportunity to present to IMF leaders and officials of other countries about developments here in the Philippines. Since I just got back, I am still adjusting to the time difference and at the same time there are many pressing matters to attend to.”

At the press conference on Wednesday, the NSCB said the poverty incidence in the first semester of 2012 was 27.9 percent—“practically unchanged” from the 28.6 percent in 2009 and the 28.8 percent in 2006.—With a report from Riza Olchondra

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • Avida Red

    Yan ang napala for telling the truth!…pack your bags mister.

    • leomar101

      Hahaha, the queen is not amused kaya tangal ka Balicasan.

  • turkak

    Hindi sinungaling si Balisacan kaya delikado na siya sa pwesto niya ngayon, ang gusto ni Noynoy abnoy ay yung cabinete na parang SWS at Pulse Asia na kahit naghihirap na ng husto ang mga pilipino ilalabas na guminhawa daw ang buhay ng mga ito. Ganun kasinungaling ang gusto ni Panot na tauhan. Di na nakapagtataka kung sa makalawa nag-resign na rin si Balisacan sa pwesto niya kasi tapat siya at nagsasabi ng totoo.. Ganun din Si Biazon peligroso na rin siya sa position niya dahil nasasagasaan niya yung mga smugglers na campaign contributors ni panot nung 20 10 election.

    • Marx Louis Wang

      Ikaw ang sinungaling!!!! puro kasinungalingan ang mga comment mo sapul sa simula pa, kaya you siiyaaaattt ap!!!

      • speaksoftlylove

        Kawawang desperado ka naman.

        Hetong basahan punasan mo uhog mo.

      • turkak

        bobo ka talaga. Binubuhay mo pamilya mo sa kinikita mo sa kasinungalingan na posting mo dito. Bogok ! Mahiya ka sa pinapakain mo sa anak mo galing sa kasinungalingan na posting mo dito !

      • $20722540

        peste!!!

    • rodben

      Akbayan/Bayan muna, mga kaalyado ng mga Aquino ang sisira sa administration ito dahil subrang garapal at ma-pwersa na ngayon mga CPP/NPA na tinatag ng mga Partylist na ito, ang siyang pasimuno sa extortion sa kanayunan kaya mga magsasaka nag e- squatter na maynila dahil napupunta lang daw sa mga NPA ang kita nila sa bukid. at isdaan at niyugan..kya kahit pa umabut sa 101% GDP ng Pinas rampant poverty still their…dahil ang improvement of economic growth is only in metro manila and only OFW got a better wage package..

      • rodben

        kahit sino ang maging NEDA basta honest mahihirapan talaga yong unang Chief nagresign din….anyway sa kabilang buhay di na kailangan ang pera bakit ka magsisinungaling buhay ng tao minsan lang but life after death walang katapusan bakit ka magsisinungaling dahil lang sa PERA AT PWESTO..

      • phipher filipino

        Totoo yan… akalain mong inilabas na nila ang kanilang tunay na kulay at nag-rally pa para sa kanilang mga Comdrades sa bundok… wow ha kung si Macoy pa ang president ngayon baka niratrat na sila… akalain mo may bayag na silang mag-rally samantalang kalaban sila ng gobyerno… assh…. talaga.

  • $20722540

    malapit na yan mag-resign…mahirap ipatupad ang matuwid na daan kasi kailangan hindi ka maging honest

    • Marx Louis Wang

      ingit ka lang!

      • $20722540

        ingit saan? sa walang changes sa poverty level since 2006…after 3
        years of trying very hard to pull up the economy that the rich is
        becoming more richer and the poor becoming more poorer…yan ang legacy
        na iiwanan ng magaling na presidente na ito…sorry accidental president
        nga pala yan…i-date na lang niya uli si bianca, kaya lang hindi
        maka-iscore kawawa naman…ang hilig-hilig sa bata hindi na lang tumalo
        sa kaidad niya…oo nga naman, oo!!! hindi na dala kay grace lee

      • Jeremiah_CheGuevara

        masyadong maluWang pagiisip mo!!! Sipsip ka masyado parang wala ka ng utak na sarili. Magkano bayad sa yo? Hindi worth yan para hindi mo na makita ang tama! You have dehumanized yourself! I pity you and your kind… Dapat k Marcos and Gloria ka nagpapabayad. Sabagay noynoy is of the same kind. Worst lang hindi nagiisip puro playstation at good time.

      • phipher filipino

        HAHAHA… ano ba ang ipinuputok ng butsi mo Mr. Maluwang-wang buwang???

    • $20722540

      done

  • superpilipinas

    He-he-he.

    Obvious naman talaga……kaya nga ayaw ni Aquino ang FOI.

    ayaw niya ng TRANSPARENCY.

    • Marx Louis Wang

      kawawa ka naman, napipigilan ang pagiging tsismosa mo.

  • Hey_Dudes

    While I support citizen’s rights voicing their opinion on every topics affecting their daily life, I find it lacking proper decorum for any official appointed by any administration voicing out his/her opinion while employed and receiving salary from very government he or she took oath to do the task as best she or he can do. Anyone outside of this decorum should simply volunteer resigning his/her office so they can be more effective in letting government appreciate their frustration and disappointment if indeed government is not doing well in serving the people. This is what you call integrity. One cannot and should not be on the payroll of anyone whom she or he believes do not deserve to be running the country. One Binay is enough and not mutate at the detriment of others.

    • $20722540

      hey dude, what decorum are you talking about? a good leader should welcome honest feedback supported with data from his own cabinet member…data doesn’t lie. moreso, from his boss – the people. if this president can’t take a simple data that contradicts his own perception of what is really happening in the ground, then he should resign which means he is a failure. so, anong decorum, decorum na yan ang mga tao ay nagugutom at walang asenso na nanyayari kundi yong mayaman natulad ng familia ng presidente ay maslalong yumayaman…good luck Pilipinas!!!

      • Hey_Dudes

        A good leader is usually supported by those he or she has delegated to work specifically on policies a leader wants promulgated. You cannot be someone connected to the leader who you then criticizes in public rather than operating with the leader in conjunction using the proper channels. If advising the leader do not lead to concrete results, someone with enough integrity should resign his/her post and then she or he can publicly criticize the leader until he is black and blue in the face. This why you are called team member when you are recruited to join. Take V.P. Binay for example. He was given another job apart from being V.P., given a fabulous office office, staffs and pork barrel. However, since he is from another party, he has been vocal about the leader who had provided him great opportunities? Like a snake biting it;s master even when it feeds it. This is all what I am saying.

      • wawa2172

        I completely disagree with you, it does not mean that when someone is in the government payroll that he or she will just be a lapdog and tell his/her boss only the thing he wants to hear. Bakit si Binay ang napuntirya mo, he has an office and if it is a fabulous one he deserves it dahil siya ang VP of the country. Mind you, I haven’t heard him criticizing PNoy so he could not be a snake. He is with the other political party but so far UNA is doing the campaign at professional level without hitting the government. Don’t get me wrong but I am not an UNA or Team PNoy fan, isa lang sa bawat partido ang iboboto ko at puro taga Mindanao pa. Beside si Balicasan ang issue dito, and he is an honest guy, who can tell the president of what is wrong in the country and it is supported by facts. Moody’s and economist praising of the Philippines have some strings attached to it especially in slowing down on investor and businessmen with regards to taxes. See, tumahimik na naman ang BIR issue against investor and businessmen at wala silang kinasuhan but were just reminded lang daw. It is nice to hear that our economy is now a rising star but I wanted Balicasan, the Neda chief, with his data that the Philippine incidence of poverty is already out of oblivion and Inquirer would post a picture not a squatter area but better and decent home for Filipinos in the near futuere. Basicasan presented a solid data and it does not lie. Dapat pasalamat pa si PNoy dahil mayroon siyang honest na cabinet member di gaya nang iba diyan.

      • $20722540

        too much blah blah blah!!! at the end of the day the good neda director only gave his opinion based on data available…gusto mo magsinungaling just to be a team player??? funny eh!!!

      • turkak

        tulad ni Panot isa kang ogok.

      • turkak

        hey dudes, bakit ka masyadong nasasaktan sa pagiging honest ni Balisacan nabuhay ka ba sa kasinungaling since birth kaya galit ka sa taong tapat sa kapwa tao ?

      • speaksoftlylove

        Correct.

        Nabuhay nga sa kasinungaliungan yan si Hey-Dudes kasi ang sabi sa kanya, natural birth daw siya pinanganak. Yon pala sa kabilang butas lumabas ang hitad sa sobrang kakulitan.

      • Benigno the Turd

        The people elected Binay to serve their welfare. Pnoy is not some God who is obeyed blindly. Only yellowtards do that.

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Bro I dont think Balicasan is critizicing the government he is serving. He is just reporting what he knows. The issue is that he did not tell us the whole picture. Why would the PDI and the media outlet harmoniously say there is no change when actually the numbers say otherwise. From 28.8 to 28.6 to 27.9. Numbers cant lie. Was he misquoted? What constitute change? What was the expectation? I think the palace, by their action of shunning the NEDA guy, is simply telling him to stay at home and do your job. He is the NEDA chief and he should know these numbers by heart.

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Yun nga bro, numbers do not lie. Why do you think PDI and the media will publish “unchanged” when the numbers are saying otherwise. from 28.8 in 2006 to 28.6 in 2009 to 27.9 in 2012. Was he misquoted? What the NEDA should be asked to explain is what constitutes a change? What is the NEDA expectation in numbers? Does the MDG not attainable now? How does this numbers translate for our MDG commitments? Are we off track?

    • Carlos_Iho

      Integrity is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one’s actions. Integrity can be regarded as the opposite of hypocrisy,[1] in that integrity regards internal consistency as a virtue, and suggests that parties holding apparently conflicting values should account for the discrepancy or alter their beliefs.-Wikipedia

      Key words: Integrity and hypocrisy.

      Which applies to whom?

    • turkak

      galing mo sa divertionary tactic. Nilayo mo ng husto sa topic ang comment mo. hahahaha

    • phipher filipino

      ALAM MO PARE PAG PUROS POSITIVE ANG COMMENT SA IYO HINDI MO MALALAMAN ANG MGA MALI MO… ANG PAGTANGGAP MO SA MGA PUNA TUNGKOL SA MGA KAMALIAN ANG SIYANG MAGSUSULONG SA IYO TUNGO SA IKAKATAGUMPAY NG BUHAY MO… GETS MO?

    • Benigno the Turd

      He too the oath to SERVE the PEOPLE OF THE REPUBLIC, not the administration in power.

    • Benigno the Turd

      Ganun ba? Eh paano yung GINAWA ni Bum Aquino? Oops.

  • kapayapaan_1900

    If it is true that Secretary Balisacan was bumped off from the President’s group in a trip to Brunei for being candid in a recent report his agency released, we, the people being PNOY boss, are well pleased with his truthfulness on the country’s sad state of poverty. We, the people being PNOY boss, are longing for people who are honest and truthful in thoughts, in words, and in deeds. We are telling you PNOY that we, the people being your own boss, should clear your ranks with sycophants.

    • leomar101

      Bro it is true that Balicasan was bumped off by mongol due to this recent poverty report. On the other newspapers, mongol had already said that he doubted the NSCB report. That shows already how disappointed he was with Balicasan who released the report silmultaneously with the copy mongol got. So that’s it, anything or anybody that would make him angry will be thrown out from his circle of alleluja singers. Anybody who would speak the truth about the real status of the republic will be doomed. All these rosy pictures of the economy these days are all but media hype. Just go out in ones comfort zone and one will see the real situation. One will see how the poorest among the poor live and the pagpag eaters live. aah “walang mahirap kung walang kurap. nga naman. ang sarap pakingan. hahaha. I will not be surprise if Balicasan will be replace by a sweet talking diva.

    • $20722540

      lintek lip service lang pinoynot na yan…sabi lang niya boss daw ang mamamayan!!! dapt hindi na lang siya tumuloy sa brunei wala naman ginawa kundi pumurma lang

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Sa rapidong bilis ba naman ng pagdami ng mahihirap papaano ba tayo makakaahon sa kahirapan, parang kumunoy. Ang mahihirap dahil sa sukdulang kakulangan sa kaginhawahan, ang pagsisiping na lang sa gabi ang tanging aliw, kaya limot kung mabubuo o hindi ang pagbubuntis ni misis.

    • turkak

      husay mo manisi ng iba, di ako nagtataka kung sinungaling ka o baliw na tulad ni abnoy panot ! tugmang tugma ang asal ninyo !

    • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

      “Rapidong bilis ng pagdami ng mahihirap” kamo? Akala ko ba from 28.8 noong 2006, naging 28.6 noong 2009 at naging 27.9 noong 2012. Hindi ba ibig sabihin noon may change?

  • 3Jomari3

    Malacanang is a bunch of liars, refusing to face the fact that the poor has not benefited from the so-called economic progress that benefits those who are already super rich. Poor Baliscan, yet another victim of Pinoy’s vengefulness.

    • FILIPINOpatriot4ever

      Who lied? did anybody said anything wrong about balisacan? I think it is balisacan who is a liar. He said he still has to adjust to time zones because he arrived midnight from paris but the next morning he had a presscon???? Jet lag huh!?

      • tarikan

        I think he (Balisacan) was told to say that. Malacanang said “you make your own alibi, say whatever you want. You can even say magpapatule ka, for all we (Valte & Lacierda) care”.

      • phipher filipino

        ah..ah..ah.. here comes a Yellow Zombie Trouper!

      • $20722540

        data doesn’t lie…the president wants him to make an alibi or magsinungaling…hindi niya ginawa kaya hindi pinasama sa brunei…katawa itong presidente na ire

  • rBanasig

    Yan ang mangyayari sa mga taong nasasalita ng totooo.

    • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

      gawin para mawala ang kahirapan

      1. pay all government foreign debt with high foreign currency reserves
      that will free p400 billion per year in the budget para more projects sa mahihirap

      2. stop getting loans for government projects
      use government bonds sold direct retail to pilipinos only

      3. stop all unnecessary borloloy expenses in the government
      to fund more projects para sa mahihirap

      4. free education to produce productive 15 year old pilipinos
      stop pro business, anti poor k-12

      5. nationalize all foreign-owned mines
      etc etc

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Bro pwede ka ng tumakbong barangay captain sa lugar nyo para ma solve mo ang kahirapan dyan. One barangay at a time.

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        hehehe

        hindi lang naging barangay chairman
        subukan mo kung mananalo kang barangay tanod

    • turkak

      sana maging ehemplo si Balisacan sa lahat ng cabinete ni Panot ng sa gayon baka tubuan pa siya ng buhok ! pero ung tarugo niya wala ng pag-asa pang tumubo yun.Ano kaya gagawin ni bianca pag nalaman niyang walang tarugo si Panot ?.

      • etomacq

        as usual.. sibat ulit ang chick.

    • txtman

      NO JOBS = NO MONEY = POOR
      .
      BAKIT KAYA NAGAGALIT MGA YELLOW PUPPIES DITO?
      PITIFUL

      • txtman

        >>>>FROM PHILIPPINE CENTRAL BANK<<<<50% FROM OFWs MONEY
        ————————- PH CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR TETANGCO
        .
        NO JOBS = NO MONEY = POOR
        BIG POPULATION = MORE WORKERS (OFWs) = MORE MONEY
        MABUHAY MGA OFWs
        PITIFUL

      • txtman

        >>>>> FROM CENTRAL BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES <<<<
        .
        MOST OF THE MONEY COMING ARE "HOT MONEY"
        MEANING GOING TO THE STOCK MARKET
        NA IN A BLINK OF AN EYE
        THEY WILL DISAPPEAR LIKE A SMOKE
        .
        PHILIPPINE CENTRAL BANK SAID
        THESE "HOT MONEY" ARE NOT REALLY HELPING THE ECONOMY
        WHAT WE NEED ARE INVESTMENTS FOR INDUSTRIES
        .
        IMBES NA MAGALIT MGA YELLOW PUPPIES DITO
        ADDRESS IT – FACE THE MUSIC KA INGGA
        OTHERWISE, PURO TALSIK LAWAY LANG
        PITIFUL

      • txtman

        IMBES NA MAGALIT MGA YELLOW PUPPIES
        ADMIT THAT THE PHILIPPINES HAS A PROBLEM
        .
        NO JOBS = NO MONEY = POOR
        .
        IMBES NA PURO PAPOGI POINTS LANG
        PITIFUL

    • txtman

      RECYCLED NEWS
      .
      REMEMBER “STELLAR PHILIPPINES?”
      FEBRUARY 01, 2013
      BY RIZA OLCHONDRA
      PDI aka PEN0Y DAILY INQUIRER
      .
      GINAGAWA NAMAN TAYONG TANGA NILA ANO?
      PITIFUL

      • txtman

        BAKIT GALIT MGA YELLOW PUPPIES & LEFTISTS
        SA BIG POPULATION & BIG # OF OFWs?
        .
        FACTS: COUNTRIES WITH OVERSEAS WORKERS
        1. CHINA
        3. INDIA
        5. MEXICO
        6. PHILIPPINES
        7. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
        8. UNITED KINGDOM
        9. GERMANY
        .
        OH, ANO MASAMA SA OFWs?
        PUMUNTA KA KUNG SAAN MAY MAGANDANG SAHOD
        NO JOBS = NO MONEY = POOR
        PITIFUL

  • EOJ

    With or without balisacan, the philippines will progress under PNoy.

    • Leo Capurictan

      toink, 3 yeras na po na andyan idol mo pero wala po anyare. baka makalabit mo gatilyo tumama sa utak mo hhehe

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Walang nangyare kamo? Bakit, ano ba ang expectation mo? Na after 2 years maglalaho ang kahirapan sa pilipinas?

    • CommonSens6

      How about: with or without Pnoy the PH will continue to progress
      but the poor will become poorer if the right social policies are not implemented?

    • turkak

      another idiot so scared of the truth !

    • turkak

      with or without Balisacan, the philippines will stay as poor 3rd world country under Abnoy Noynoy Aquino.! that is for sure !

  • Guest

    Yan ang daan matuwid…pagmtuwid ang sasabihin ikinaiinis ng panot

  • okabato

    The timing was not right Balisacan could have waited a little bit before press releasing his data. He works for the government and he should be on the same page with the others. Now it seems he works for the opposition by the press release without prior clearance from his superiors. Big embarrassment although the data is correct and the guy acted on his own complete with media coverage and UNA is rejoicing.

    • turkak

      so you have to suppress the truth, yun ang gusto mo ? isa ka pa ring ogok na tao ! walang timing timing para sabihin ang katotohanan, tanga ka ?

  • Rodolfo Corneja

    mga kabayan ang kahirapan ay hindi dahil maraming tao ang isang bansa , ang kahirapan ay sanhi ng kakulangan sa trabaho ang mamayan , kung maraming tao ang may magandang sahod , maraming buhis na makuha ang gobyerno , kung ang buhis na nakuha ay gamitin naman sa pag likha ng trabaho , dagdag naman sa tao na magtatrabaho , at dagdag naman sa buhis na makulikta , so the result is the economy grows and the working public ,it is just like ,albert einstein theory of relativity , it is aS SIMPLE AS THAT , NO NEED OF HARVARD DOCTORATE ,

    • CommonSens6

      So which one came first, the chicken or the egg?

  • bgcorg

    There is a price for being honest, truthful and real. We do not live in a dreamworld; otherwise, reality will bite us no end. It will be the perfect breeder of lies, untruth and the refusal to be confronted by the facts to be able to do something meaningfully and efficaciously about the problem. The fact is that the president needs advisers who are truthful and tell the problem as it is, instead of what should be or what tickles the ear to hear. In order to progress, we must first know where we are, what are we up against, what are the resources available to us, what is our plan, and how do we get there, with control and monitoring points along the way. Economic planning, programming and monitoring are just as important as trade and commerce and monetary policies in order to continue rising and becoming an investment haven for our human resources to have jobs.

    • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

      Bro bago ka tumalak dyan, naintindihan mo ba yung report ni Balicasan? I am sure he is honest and truthful and real but his report to the people is incomplete to say the least. Why did he say that it remains unchanged when the numbers are saying otherwise. From 28.8 to 28.6 to 27.9. Was he misquoted? What constitutes change? How does this number relate to our MDG commitment? He is the NEDA chief and he should know this by heart. The palace is telling him to stay at home and do your work.

      • $20722540

        ang galing mo pre? what constitute change??? niknik mo! the good director haven’t rectified his report and numbers or data doesn’t lie…yong malacanang wants him to lie or manipulate the figures…kaya kahit pa meron jet lag alam niya sinasabi niya…most likely he has the same report days ago & dating dean ng UP, so he knows he was talking about

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Kita mo na lumalabas ang tutuo, no one among you knows what constitutes change? Bakit kaya sinabing walang change when the numbers are saying there is change, from 28.8 to 28.6 to 27.9. Dont you even know how to read numbers? Kaya nga sinabi ko the good director balicasan was honest, truthful and real. Unfortunately he was probably misquoted simply because he never explained why the news report is claiming “unchanged” when the numbers cant lie. I am sure he will have the same report but he will expound further on what these numbers mean. Kung hindi mo pa nakuha ang ibig kong sabihin, wala na kong magagawa pa sayo. You will need to take your medicine bro. Soon.

      • $20722540

        haha!!! masmagaling ka pa sa dating dean ng UP school of economics at neda director…baka ikaw ang maykailangan ng pills katulad ng boss mo

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Ha ha. Hindi mo masagot ang tanong ha?

        Dont worry about the director. He cannot change the numbers. He will explain it fully in time.

      • $20722540

        bakit ko sasagutin ang tanong and sagot ay alam ng lahat ikaw ang hindi nakakintindi…sige uminom ka na ng gamot mo

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Hindi mo masagot ang tanong kasi numbers cant lie. Simple lang diba?

  • Ben

    One lone voice of reason as against widespread sip sip….this government does not want to acknowledge the poverty problem but only wants to see and hear what they want, effectively walling off the idea of prevalent poverty in the country…

  • http://www.facebook.com/iyen.dev Iyen Dev

    If you don’t know how to lie then you can never have business in public.NEDA chief is from UP who lives by the silent code ‘Kung ano ang natutunan sa Pamantasan ng Bayan klangan ibalik sa sambayanan!.He cannot lie to Filipino people who sent him to the University.That’s the difference of Economics Grad of UP and Ateneo.Make money for others or myself?

  • Jeremiah_CheGuevara

    Yan ang tunay na public servant – Nagsasabi ng totoo. Mabuhay ka Sec Balisacan! A rare find. Sayang kung magaling lang na lider si Noynoy dapat gaya mo ang i appoint nya. Hindi sipsip at papogi kundi seryoso calling a spade a spade so something can be done about it. Hindi tama lagi ang boss hindi gaya ng mga sipsip na commenters dito ni noynoy sa cyber na puro tama si noynoy at mali lagi ang kritiko nya. Yan ang mi isip hindi sinusurrender ang tamang pag iisip!

  • HoyGago

    Parang tabloid naman itong article na ito. May mga dahilan na ibinigay, pero yung speculation ng writer ang nabigyang halaga. We need journalists, not gossip columnists.

  • Fulpol

    Balisacan is not a politician, baklang Lacierda..

    LOL

    • $20722540

      ibig mong sabihin ay laircerda

  • juan_luisjr

    I dont think the guy was laid aside for telling the truth. The truth about our poverty level remaining the same since 2006 is a truth that cannot be hidden nor manipulated and these are stats that are always being published. No president, gma or pnoy can hide or even get personal on a big statistical truth such as this. If at all, the news saddened me and a lot of people yesterday based on the number of reactions in this forum. The government including the neda chief said that the end period of june 2012 is too short. Maybe! 2011 was a bad year . Let’s see what will happen in the next 1-3 years. The poor can’t wait .

  • speaksoftlylove

    Since the cabinet member who is telling the truth is bumped off from the trip then we can conclude that all those who went to Brunei are liars.

    Way to go Kulot.

    • 4RuleofLaw

      Boy what logic is this..

    • turkak

      good observation spitfire ! Lacierda and Valte are on top of the list.

      • $20722540

        laircerda!!!

  • juan_luisjr

    will the writer Michael Lim Ubac of this article please come forward and tell us honestly if his news is based on fact or heresy or his imagination ?

    • speaksoftlylove

      Kawawang desperado ka naman.

      Hetong bimpo punasan mo uhog mo.

  • Nimrod Suaez

    illusions and magic mirrors! …5 out of 10 filipinos considere themsoves poor. They do not see any improvements compared with the previous administration since 2006. The filipino people are not interested in statistics, what they want are jobs, food on their tables, peace and order, electricity, cheap rice , petrol fuels, education and medical services …..

  • Magsasaka

    ito yong panapat sa balita ng MOODY na lumalago daw ang ekonomiya ng pinas.

  • Jay Alvin Madrigal

    that’s what happens when you get the ire of the yellow monster in the palace. hay, honesty does hurt.

  • Hey_Dudes

    Trouble with a lot us Filipinos is – having short memory, If you will recall, not too long ago during GMA corrupt regime, few AFP officers and soldiers were jailed on order from GMA through her lapdog Esperon. What was their fault? They have the nerve expressing their disgust with the corruption and made known they are no longer supporting her presidency. Also, recall about a fellow named Jun Lozada. For exposing what he knew on the Broadband scandal, he was sent away by GMA to Hong Kong and almost lost his life coming back when he was led to a tour by GMA G-men.

    Moral lesson in this story? If you are a team member you are not expected to rock the boat in public. If one is truly dedicated to his cause and believe he won’t be listen to by those paying him to give advice to, she or he should resign from the group and then he can criticize, expose and bellyache until he is black and blue in the face.

    • Benigno the Turd

      I see. So why did Bam Aquino not resign under GMA?

  • 4RuleofLaw

    This is really typical of this moronic government specially its equally moronic head. He doesn’t like bad news leaking out from the inside so he won’t look stupid. Anyway stupid is stupid does. Kudos to the good secretary releasing factual and non-partisan report.

  • etomacq

    bawal ang magsabi ng totoo.. yan ang tuwid na daan.

    • turkak

      tama ka tuwid na daan sa kasinungalingan. Tingnan mo yung Secretary of Agriculture ang husay magsinungaling sabi ni Abnoy Panot noong 2012 rice sufficient na raw ang bansa ngayon 2013 pero ng pumalpak at nag-angkat na naman ng bigas sabi ng Agriculture sec. by 2014 pa daw ang ibig sabihin ni Panot Abnoy ng rice sufficiency ng bansa, Dapat ganun ka kasinungaling para good ka kay Abnoy Panot at magtagal ka sa pwesto mo.

      • phipher filipino

        Ahh me naalala ako neto… “We are swimming with rice” hehehe then noong sila na ang nasa trono nagkamali daw ng statement kaya kailangang umangkat… hehehe… paano nga naman ang “DELIGENCIA a.k.a DELIHENSIYA”

      • etomacq

        Yun sinabi ni Noy na wala nang utang ang Pilipinas at nagpapautang na tayo, tuwang tuwa ang mga followers nya… proud na proud sila.

        Kasinungalingan pa rin! Ang totoo lubog pa rin sa utang ang Pilipinas.

        Suportado nya daw ang FOI bill… Kasinungalingan pa rin! Tinapon na sa kangkungan ang FOI bill.

        At madami pang ibang mga kasinungalingan pinagsasabi ang gobyernong ito.

  • noypisiTED

    Just when the President prepares to leave for the ASEAN Summit one of his key people speaks lowly of the government what do you think would that impress on the people PNoy is going to meet? Timing, man, it’s all about the need to time things and words.

  • Ako_Hiking

    Maybe honesty is not the best policy in the Aquino Administration especially if the truth puts Aquino’s Administration in a negative light. Aquino’s Administration appears to be crumbling as the country is starting to see the lack of improvement for Philippines poverty problem. Aquino should welcome the harsh realities so he can work to fix them but it seems he’d rather live in his bubble so that he can ignore them and continue enjoy his vacation as the President. He’ll be traveling to Brunei next on taxpayers money so it is more fun in the Philippines for Aquino.

  • Mark

    Stop giving Pork Barrel, let the mayors identify the projects needed, the congressmen and government agencies involved will serve as check and balance.

    Ramon Magsaysay, Jr.
    (Nagsiwalat ng mga Fertilizer scam at iba pang scam sa panahon ni GMA)

    Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel
    (Hindi Trapo, Totoo ang hangarin tumulong sa mahihirap)

    Bam Aquino
    (Hindi Trapo, boses ng mga kabataan at edukasyon)

    Richard Gordon
    (Hindi Trapo, kilala sa pagtulong sa mahihirap)

    Edward Hagedorn
    (Magaling na mayor ng Puerto Princesa, kailangan natin ang gaya nya sa Senado)

    Jamby Madrigal
    (Lumaban sa C5 scam ni Villar)

    Aquilino Pimentel III
    (May prinsipiyo, umalis sa UNA para hindi makasama ung mandaraya sa eleksyon)

    Grace Poe
    (Hindi Trapo, Maganda magtrabaho noong nasa MTRCB pa sya)

    Alan Cayetano
    (Numero-unong kaaway ni GMA at FG Mike)

    Antonio Trillanes IV
    (Numero-unong kaaway ni matandang Enrile, GMA at FG Mike)

  • Alala Peter

    hahahaha tuwid na daan

  • Alala Peter

    yan ang totoo, laganap ang kahirapan kasi laganap ang korupsyon = walang pagbabago

  • The Squire

    speak english please .. Not at all – ever since .. say “NO” or “Since … date .. ”

    Standard terminology to escape repercussions and the public do buy it ..

  • ting0508

    That’s ok. He needs to rest first so that when the President comes back he is ready to face the ax!

  • nano

    Balisacan cant make Miracle in solving the poverty of Filipino people. I think he is not even one year in his position. Poverty alleviation is the most difficult task to do , without cooperation with other agencies and from Industry who is responsible in giving job which give a decent income .

  • noyab

    THANKS FOR TELLING THE TRUTH…..DONT WORRY ABOUT UR RETARDED PRESIDENT……3 YEARS NA LANG WALA NA SA LIMELIGHT YAN…..WALA NA TAYONG NAKAKAHIYANG PRESIDENT NA WALA MAN LANG STATEMANSHIP….SIGURADO BABANATAN NA NAMAN NIYA SI GMA SA FORUM. DUON LANG MAGALING YUN….

  • noyab

    THE INCORRUPTIBLE PRESIDENT CORRUPTING THE HACIENDA LUISITA FARMERS…

  • noyab

    WHERE IN THE WORLD YOU CAN FIND A GOVERNMENT WHOSE POLICY IS BASED ON SURVEYS OF 1,000 PEOPLE BY THE FALSE ASIA AND SWS…..

  • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

    The way I see it is a rebuff on the NEDA chief for incompetently issuing a report that is not fully explained. When you say that the poverty level was unchanged as headlined, you should be able to explain why? He is the NEDA chief. He knows the big ticket projects of the government even from the time of the corrupt president. 28.8 to 28.6 to 27.9 are numbers that is changing. He should have explained why did he say that the level is unchanged when the numbers are actually changing. The least he should have done is to explain what he expected the numbers to be. He should have issued a forward looking report. Something like “from 28.8 to 28.6 to 27.9 and expecting it to be 27.5 in the next report.” The palace must have told him to stay at home and do your work.

  • bbguevara

    Rumangkada na naman ang mga tsismoso….pati PDI trying to make an issue about something they verified as untrue.

    • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

      Hindi naman siguro bro. Ang mali ng PDI at ibang media is the way it was presented. Why would one headline it as unchanged when the numbers are saying otherwise. From 28.8 to 28.6 to 27.9. Numbers cant lie. Can you say it unchanged when it actually changed? What is the basis for saying it is unchanged when the number tells you otherwise. What number would the media consider na nag change? from 28.6 to 20, to 15 to 10? NEDA should explain what constitutes a change in numbers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bart.thinong Bart Thinong

    As the old saying goes ” truth hurts “, ugaling mga TRAPO at BIMPO kasi. Pag totoo ang sinabi galit ang Palasyo, ang gusto palaging pinupuri kahit mali. Pare, ganyan ang mga lunatic ang mga utak, gusto palaging sikat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bart.thinong Bart Thinong

    Nagalit ang taga Tuwid na Daan sa totoong sinabi nang NSCB ha.ha.ha. Puro makitid ang isip kasi, flag nga baliktad noong nag flag ceremony sila sa Malakanyang…ayan ang mga utak baliktad…pag totoo galit bwaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh.

  • Cobra

    di cguro alam ni Balisakan na ayaw ni abnoy ng bad news lalo na yong totoong bad news kaya nga may 3 propaganda units si abnoy,tapos nagbabayad pa ang gobyerno ng milyones sa mga lobby group overseas lalo sa USA para bigyan ang pinas ng positive news,yang mga upgrade isa yan.Parang inuuto mga pinoy,sasabihin na naku ang ganda mo or ang pogi mo gustong gusto ng nasasabihan pero sa tutoo lang pangit.

  • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

    Mayroon kayang makapagpapaliwanag kung bakit sinabing “unchanged” when the news report was saying that from 2006 it was 28.8, in 2009 it was 28.6 and in 2012, it was 27.9? Numbers cant lie.

  • Politics without principle

    Not a surprise. Yellow are blood of traitors and oppressors.
    Bayan muna isipin bago ang personal pride.

  • virgoyap

    What’s wrong with telling the truth? Is this a reason why he can’t be part of the delegation to Brunei? I can’t find any good reason for his absence.

  • kilabot

    next time,
    let sws and pa report the poverty stats,
    noykapon will definitely be elated,
    just like when the survey group
    reported 85% are satisfied and happy with noykapon,
    even with constant blackouts,
    even with rising prices,
    even with rising unemployment,
    even with rising crime,
    even with rising perversion..
    that would make noykapon’s perverse day.

  • Pio Gante

    you’re out of the loop now, so better expect what’s next.

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


advertisement

editors' picks

popular

advertisement

latest videos