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Has it been only a year? It feels much longer than that—and not because of a sense of tedium or despair, but because of the myriad little things that add up to what looks like a sea change in the Vatican ever since Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope and took the name Francis in March 2013.
By Solita Collas-Monsod
Yesterday, Raul Fabella of the University of the Philippines School of Economics and the National Academy of Science and Technology gave a lecture titled “Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP): Time to Let Go.” Note that it wasn’t a question, but a statement. And coming from him, that is music to the ears of landowners who have not yet been CARPed.
By David L. Balangue
The proposal of Sen. Sonny Angara to reduce the top income tax rate for individuals, which is currently 32 percent, to 25 percent by 2017 has surprisingly been welcomed by Malacañang, at least for the matter to be thoroughly studied and to possibly include as well the regular corporate income tax rate, which stands at 30 percent.
By Juan L. Mercado
The government this week bucked Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr.’s motion to dismiss a civil case involving a bid to “defraud the government of P426 million invested to produce hybrid coconut seedlings in Palawan.” That’s how the Presidential Commission on Good Government describes it.
By Mahar Mangahas
I look forward to a Freedom of Information Act that will, in particular, increase public access to the raw data gathered in the government’s censuses and surveys, which underlie its published summary statistics, and, indeed, could be used to produce many other statistics of value that the government does not publish.
By Manuel Almario
In his column, “The future of democracy” (3/1/14), Randy David examines the role of democracy in paring down poverty. “[W]hy expect democracy to end poverty?” he asks. “Rapid economic development and the distribution of assets have been more associated with authoritarian regimes than with democracies.”
By Butch Hernandez
Defining education quality tends to be difficult because it depends on who you are and where you’re coming from. If you are the parent of a grade school or high school student, the K-to-12 Law puts things in context by saying that as a matter of policy, every student must have the opportunity to receive quality education that is “globally competitive based on a pedagogically sound curriculum that is at par with international standards.”
There is a wide disparity in the pension between government and private sector employees—much to the dismay of the latter when they retire.
The man came out smelling like a rose when he presided over the Corona impeachment trial. His “guilty” vote and the adeptness on how he conducted the trial were some defining moments of his political life—earning him some laurels that added luster to his credentials.
The article is inaccurate and biased. Even Tourism Regional Director Maria Ravanilla can attest to this. For instance, the report says the number of tourists who visited Camarines Sur in 2013 declined, but it says the province has yet to submit its last quarter report for that year.
Last Sunday, Chinese Coast Guard ships drove away two civilian fishing boats contracted by the Philippine Navy to resupply the Philippine military outpost in Ayungin Shoal. This was the first time China stopped a routine supply mission in disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea, proving that China has now reached a higher, even more irresponsible, level of assertiveness in pressing its territorial claims.
By Neal H. Cruz
Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, former senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., and former elections commissioner Augusto Lagman talked politics, graft and corruption, and the 2016 polls at the Kapihan sa Manila at the Diamond Hotel last Monday. But the tidbit that perked the ears of the people in the audience was the admission by Chiz that he will marry actress Heart Evangelista before the elections are held. It will be a private family ceremony, he joked, because he is afraid someone in the crowd may shout, “Stop the wedding!”