12.5 Percent – August inflation rate, the highest in 17 years.

1.415 Trillion Pesos – proposed budget for next year, described by the government as a “crisis budget.” I say its an “election budget.”

3 Billion Pesos – estimated budget for a presidential candidate in 2010. This would make the winner and loser/s law violators. Election laws allow candidates and their political parties to spend only P3 per voter or a total of P6. If there are 45 million voters, that would amount only to less than 10 percent of this war chest.

25 – number of sub-standard nursing schools still operating in the country.

36.7 Billion Dollars – gross international reserves of the Philippines at end of August, down by $200 million from the previous month.

8 – votes needed in the Senate to reject the JPEPA. Very likely the following – Joker Arroyo, Pia Cayetano, Chiz Escudero, Greg Honasan, Jamby Madrigal, Kiko Pangilinan, Nene Pimentel, Antonio Trillanes, and hopefully, Noynoy Aquino.

16,000 – number of seedlings planted in Santiago City, Isabela in its bid to become the “malunggay capital” of the country.


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