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Charter change: Why Beijing Would Love It

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The push to amend the Constitution is underway. The focus is on watering down and eventually nullifying the so-called nationalist provisions of the charter, which, proponents claim, constitute the central obstacle to sustained growth. The pro-charter change lobby in Congress derives its inspiration from economists such as Gerry Sicat, who, as head of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) during the Marcos dictatorship, presided over one of the most disastrous periods in Philippine economic history, and Bernie Villegas, the free market ideologue who is the toast of the foreign business community.

Posted: August 30th, 2014 in Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

The Libyan trap: A tragedy of our own making

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The primordial role of government, according to the great English philosopher Thomas Hobbes is to secure the life and limb of its citizens. I would disagree with Hobbes’ point that this is the primary role of government, but yes, I agree that providing security is one of the state’s main functions.

Posted: August 4th, 2014 in Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

What the World Cup can teach progressives about corruption

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Brazil’s crushing World Cup loss to Germany’s world champion team wasn’t just bad news for Brazilian football fans. It’s also likely to reignite the anger that many Brazilians felt towards the government of President Dilma Rousseff for hosting such a spectacular event when it could hardly afford decent public transport and social services for its citizens.

Posted: July 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

The US State Department Slavery Report: Did the Philippines Get the Right Grade?

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The United States political regime is a fusion of liberalism and imperialism, and its State Department exhibits this contradiction.

Posted: June 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Agrarian reform: Powerful law, ineffectual bureaucracy

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When the original CARP program that was passed under President Corazon Aquino was in danger of unraveling, the peasant movement came together and pushed the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms, or CARPER, through Congress in 2009.

Posted: June 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

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