Quantifying the killings

It seems that Malacanang has decided to get with the program. On the issue of the unsolved killings, Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye released a new, (relatively) tougher statement.

"Those who perpetrated these senseless killings will not go far," Presidential Spokesman Ignacio Bunye said in a statement. "The law enforcement authorities are on their tracks and we need the cooperation and support of all concerned sectors to get them."

(Note, though, how the second clause in the second sentence seems to undermine the first; the resoluteness of "we are on their tracks" suddenly turns limp, falls by the wayside.)

Yesterday’s economic good news, however, makes me think the real way to put pressure on the Arroyo administration to stop the killings and jail the killers is to argue from economics. Quantify, say, the economic costs of lost investor confidence, because hundreds of political activists and journalists have been killed in the last five years, and perhaps we may finally get somewhere.



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2 responses to “Quantifying the killings

  1. Jojo

    Hi again John. The Philippine Human Development Report 2005, released by the NGO Human Development Network (HDN) may provide a guide to computing the cost of the killings. In page7 of the report, the economists who were members of the research team (Balisacan and De Dios, I think) came up with a rough estimate of “incomes lost” from the 1986-2004 insurgent and separatist wars. The annual income lost (in 2003 million pesos) was 111.95M pesos, and for the 19 years of war, it stood at 2,127,13M pesos.

  2. jackryan68

    No amount of quantification, I think, will measure up against the cost of continued political survival.

    I’ll only believe this administration when I finally see the killers and their sponsors haled before the courts. And I think that is asking too much of an administration captured by the military establishment.

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