My article today is in response to an “investigative” reporting written by a certain blogger named Pia Ranada. In her “EXCLUSIVE” blog article, she wrote:
Did you notice the last sentence?
“In one trip, expenses shoot up to P31.8 million ($636,000) a day.”
That’s how bad it was, according to blogger Pia Ranada. To prove how bad it was, she posted this comparison.
What’s implied from the blog article are these:
a.) President Duterte cannot exceed the expenses incurred by his predecessors.
b.) Since his travel expenses tripled, it is considered a bad, bad thing for the country.
That’s all there is to it in Blogger Pia Ranada’ investigative reporting. Ganun lang. Hindi nya pinakita ang investment pledges. What a very poor comparison. Para bang, all things considered, all factors surrounding President Duterte’s trip are the same under the 3 presidents. In her mind, Php1 of expense is equal to Php1 of revenue, kesehodang si Aquino, si Arroyo or si Duterte man sya. If the expense goes over Php1 then he’s not doing a good job!
I asked myself, ganun ba talaga ang writer na yan? Did she really missed to understand the intent of the expense? Kasi, if you miss the intent of the expense, then you miss the whole point which is the investment pledged. Korak?! Well. Hindi naman siguro dahil nga she wrote that one line, “Time will tell if Duterte’s foreign trips in his first year will be worth their hefty price tags.”
Dito ako irita because these people deliberately undermine lahat nang sinabi ni President Duterte or his actions and publish intentionally inaccurate stories and feed the agenda of hate! So let me help the blogger with the missing part sa investigative reporting nya para naman me semblance of balance ang sinulat nya!
Here you go!
See that simple worksheet I made?
The investment pledges I entered exclude those from other Southeast Asian Countries like Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Tama na yang nakalista dyan. Baka kasi mahirapang mag-add ang ibang mga bloggers dyan.
Next, it is difficult to determine the length in years of the benefits of these investment pledges so I used the number of years of the President’s term to determine the yearly benefits. Ganun lang ka-elementarific. Annually, lumalabas na Php269 billion pesos sya!
Finally, Yes! Yon pong present value & inflation will play a part and affect future benefits. Aba eh baka dumugo lalo yung utak nang isa dyan! So that was excluded too!
Listen, this is nothing but a straight-up calculation! Para sa mga bloggers na hindi nakaka-intindi dyan!@#$%^&*(
So now tell me – granted for the sake of argument pa na tama yong numbers ni Blogger Pia Ranada that President Duterte travel expenses ay tripled and amounted to Php386,200,000. Compare that with the estimated revenues annually coming from investment pledges which are about Php269 billion pesos!
You tell me now if President Duterte’s travel expenses is a bad, bad thing.