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The power problem: a Shell-driven crisis

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When Malacañang asked Congress for emergency powers to address a power crisis that it expected in the summer months of 2015, the impression given was that the country was facing a massive demand that would outrun available supply. In its request, the administration invoked Article 71 of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira), which states that the chief executive, “upon determination of a shortage of supply of electricity, may ask Congress for authority through a joint resolution, to establish additional generating capacity under such terms and conditions as it may approve.”

Posted: November 22nd, 2014 in Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Why Japan Can’t Come to Terms with its Past

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Nearly 70 years after the end of the Second World War, Japan’s behavior in that conflict and the events leading up to it continues to cast its long shadow on its relations with other Asian countries.   The latest return of the region’s poisonous 20th century was occasioned by the recent retraction by a key […]

Posted: November 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Fatal encounter: Jennifer meets US Marine Corps

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As I peered at Jennifer Laude’s serene face in the open casket, I saw the wound on her forehead that was barely concealed by the mortician’s make up.

Posted: October 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Emergency powers? It depends…

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Everyone knew the power crunch was coming, and that it would be big: a deficit of at least 300 MW in the Luzon grid by the summer of 2015.

Posted: October 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

The BRICS and the Philippines

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BRICS, as is well known, was a name coined by Goldman Sachs analyst Jim O’Neill years ago to refer to promising emerging markets for finance capital that would extend the boom of the global economy in the first decade of the 21st century. But one can say that even if O’Neill had not invented the name, the BRICS would have emerged as a conscious formation of big, rapidly developing countries with an ambivalent relationship to the traditional center economies of Europe and the United States.

Posted: September 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Viewpoints | Read More »

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