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Mr. Aquino’s comfort-zone presidency

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Shortly after President Aquino marked his 100th day in office, in 2010, I wrote a column attempting an analysis of the new commander in chief’s self-evidently well-defined sense of limits.

Posted: November 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Aquino’s message is polite but clear: Get out

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President Aquino’s message to Vice President Jejomar Binay last Monday was very clear, and only those who want to cling to their post will pretend not to understand it: Get out, you’re fired! But P-Noy said it the polite way so Binay can save face: “If he (Binay) thinks we are going in the wrong direction, he is free to leave.” Binay was being shown the door.

Posted: November 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Two views on poverty—from the top and the hungry

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A recent survey in which 4.8 million Filipino families said they experienced hunger in September—about 1.2 families more than in the previous quarter, as hunger has risen in all regions except Mindanao—delivered a powerful message on the deficiency of the Aquino administration’s antipoverty program, if there is one.

Posted: November 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Bangsamoro bill can’t be analyzed legally

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The formidable array of legal experts tapped by the House of Representatives’ ad hoc committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law will not be able to resolve the bill’s constitutionality.

Posted: November 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Evaluating and grading governance

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To say that governance in our country leaves much to be desired is one great understatement. This is true for both the national government as it is for local government units (LGUs). At the national level, principal offices of the executive, legislative and judicial branches are periodically covered by the opinion surveys of SWS and Pulse Asia. These serve to update the citizenry on the approval and trust ratings of the respective heads of the three branches of government.

Posted: October 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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