Mike Tan, Joker, Among Ed

My column for tomorrow is already available on Inquirer.net.

Allow me to list some references:

Michael Tan writes the popular Pinoy Kasi column. We can get the flavor of “ecotones,” the conceptual framework he used in discussing current initiatives in education reform, in this patikim page of the Encyclopedia Brittanica.

The dissenting opinion of then-Associate Justice Reynato Puno in the Jurado case is not as famous as it deserves to be; we can read it in its entirety in the ever-reliable Chan Robles site (please scroll down — way down).

The reporting done by Jaileen Jimeno of PCIJ can be found here. One of the many money quotes:

“It’s a big mistake to go after Juliet over this one,” says [former Senate reporter Jun] Bautista. “But it’s natural for (Sen. Joker) Arroyo to react like that, since the report put him in bad light,” Bautista adds. [Ex-senator Rene] Saguisag agrees. “You cannot blame the journalist for pursuing the story. It’s enterprise,” Saguisag says.

The Scotty Reston anecdote, which I’ve used over the years as the primary example of what we can call The Law of the Disgruntled, is in this famous book on the New York Times.

Priests and religious use the Catechism of the Catholic Church, one of Pope John Paul II’s lasting legacies. The discussion on the “sources of morality” can be found here.

The landmark World Bank study on total wealth (referenced once a long time ago in Manolo’s blog, by Carlos V. Jugo, if I’m not mistaken) is not well-known, perhaps because it was first presented to the public as yet another report on sustainable development (and its environmental implications.) But as a probing essay in Reason reminds us, the bank’s attempt to quantify “intangible capital” is a real breakthrough.

I was helped in reaching a kind of understanding of the study by a summary found in this related WB report.


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One response to “Mike Tan, Joker, Among Ed

  1. cvj

    Thanks for the mention. In my first blog post ( http://cvjugo.blogspot.com/2007/03/rule-of-law-and-intangible-capital.html ), i made an attempt to compute the Intangible Capital lost (using the Rule of Law Index) because of poor governance and arrived at a figure of 500 Billion USD.

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