A ‘problem’ like Guingona

Vice President Teofisto Guingona

There’s only one way to interpret the confusion in the past week over the “resignation” of Vice President Teofisto Guingona as secretary of foreign affairs. It is that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo wants him out of the DFA — and wants him out quickly.

That much should be apparent from the eagerness with which she “accepted” a resignation which we were later told was made verbally, but which Guingona has denied making, and the equal haste with which acting Press Secretary Silvestre Afable announced Guingona’s “resignation” and Mrs. Arroyo’s “acceptance” of it — and then released to the media copies of her letter to Guingona.

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Global competitiveness

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s January 29 directive to the Department of Education to restore English as the medium of instruction in the country’s schools has provoked the usual reactions.

Most of these reactions, primarily from the media and those letter writers who claim to know everything, have been expectedly supportive. Their loud voices have drowned out the voices of the people who best know about the subject–the teachers themselves, who are 8 to 1 opposed to the restoration of English as the medium of instruction.

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