Sunday, June 20, 2010

"Beating The Odds" by Velasco & Saludo

A new book entitled "Beating The Odds" has come out of the shelf of mainstream local bookstores of the Philippines.

Co-authored by Renato Velasco and Ricardo Saludo, the book talks about the outgoing president's policymaking and governance through her 9 years of administration.

With the upcoming inauguration of the new president-elect Benigno Aquino III in less than two weeks and the stepping down of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, "Beating The Odds" comes in a most delicate time.

It is public knowledge that the outgoing administration has been through a lot of controversies and alleged corruption cases. Reading through the synopsis of this book, it seems that the authors tried to take on a different perspective of the matters at hand by focusing on how the administration handled politics and issues while getting things done.
"...the authors have been able to consolidate a portrait of leadership around six issues that stalked the Philippines at the turn of the century—terrorism, the Mindanao peace process, the drug threat, the global emergence of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), an attempted coup d’etat against the government and a hounding budget deficit." - Synopsis "Beating The Odds"
It would be interesting to note how Velasco and Saludo was able to show the other side of the Arroyo administration in contrast to popular perception by focusing on institutional governance.
The main topics covered by the book include terror, peaceillegal drugs, SARS, the Oakwood Mutiny, and the country's budget deficit.

Needless to say, this book will be condemned by those who despised the Arroyo administration. On the other hand,  the validity of the merits given by Velasco and Saludo might be worth checking out nonetheless; even just to say that you have seen the other side of the coin as well.

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