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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 »

Reformer or Politician

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Can a President elected in a political exercise, even on a platform of reform, pursue reform without being a politician?

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Tradition versus change

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It has been a wild and unpredictable four years, the kind that should be expected of a presidency that was born from a clamor for change. And change has been its centerpiece, some intended, and some erupting on its own.

Posted: August 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

We complain

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Several days of rain in Metro Manila forced me to travel when traffic was at its slowest and most heavy, when going from Quezon City to Makati can take hours.

Posted: August 8th, 2014 in Columnists,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 »

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