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How may Congress handle the Bangsamoro bill?

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What is before Congress now is the Bangsamoro bill and, of course, it can be handled by Congress as a legislative bill in the exercise of its ordinary legislative power. But aside from legislative power, Congress also has constituent power—that is, the power to formulate constitutional amendments or proposals. Might the new Bangsamoro law be occasion for Congress to use its constituent power?

Posted: December 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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 »

Policy consistency and labor laws

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I was in Singapore last week to brief a group of businessmen potentially interested in doing business in the Philippines. They were impressed with the change that had been reported but still skeptical about the reality of it given the Philippines’ poor record in the past.

Posted: October 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | 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 »

Story of our power woes

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Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla has recommended emergency powers for President Aquino to give the country additional supply of electricity. In the face of a looming shortfall in 2015, Malacañang has asked Congress to grant Mr. Aquino the extra powers.

Posted: September 28th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

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