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National need must dominate

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The contretemps that was the truck ban raises a very important question: Who’s in charge? I would have thought the Constitution is clear enough when it says in Article X Section 4 that “The President of the Philippines shall exercise general supervision over local governments.”

Posted: September 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Act on the facts

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I’ve always believed that you make better decisions when you face facts. Let’s start with this headline in BusinessWorld last Sept. 5: “Philippines found among most restrictive.”

Posted: September 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A dying lake

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Laguna Bay used to be 10 to 12 meters deep, just 35 years ago; today it’s a mere 2.5 to 3 meters, you can almost walk across it.

Posted: September 4th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Should we amend the Constitution?

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Should we amend the Constitution? Definitely yes. Should President Aquino get an extended term?

Posted: August 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Zero-based bureaucracy

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Zero-based budgeting makes great sense, and has been successful. The old days of just adding and adding without thinking are gone (and the corruption-prone system of reenacting budgets has been abolished as well). Everything has to be reviewed as to whether it makes sense, as to whether it is really needed, and is correctly funded. Anything new has to be challenged as to its relevance and need.

Posted: August 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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