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Charter change: The 2014 version

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JOINT SESSION President Aquino joins Senate President Franklin Drilon and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. in the House of Representatives before delivering his fifth State of the Nation Address. Malacañang Photo

The House of Representatives is currently debating Joint Resolution No. 1 (JR-1) to amend six “economic” provisions of the Constitution on land, natural resources, public utilities, media, advertising and educational institutions.

Posted: October 12th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Manny to KO House

REP. (kuno) Manny Pacquiao is Vice President Jojo Binay’s first choice for senator in 2016. Josme! Baka tuloy-tuloy na sa pagbulusok sa balon ng kapariwaraan where I, sssshhhh, once worked, with statesmen with a work ethic.

Posted: September 25th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Outdated restrictions

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In 2000-2011, we attracted an average of $1.1 billion in net foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows per year, a pittance against Singapore’s $14.8 billion, Thailand’s $4.5 billion, Vietnam’s $3.9 billion, and Indonesia’s $2.3 billion. But last year, our net FDI inflows already amounted to $3.9 billion, nearly four times the earlier average annual figure. Impressive? Not quite, once you consider that our neighbors have already pulled away even farther. Last year, Indonesia attracted $18.4 billion; Vietnam got $8.9 billion, Thailand $13 billion, and Singapore $61 billion. In short, given our neighbors’ figures, and considering our faster economic growth, we should have drawn in even more FDI than we did. So why didn’t we?

Posted: September 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

National need must dominate

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The contretemps that was the truck ban raises a very important question: Who’s in charge? I would have thought the Constitution is clear enough when it says in Article X Section 4 that “The President of the Philippines shall exercise general supervision over local governments.”

Posted: September 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Fortified legislature

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In most democracies, the legislature is the most powerful branch of government because it represents and expresses the sovereign will of the people. This is especially true in parliamentary systems. Here, the chief executives, called prime ministers, are elected by and owe absolute loyalty to parliament. Once parliament loses confidence in them for whatever reason, they are deposed. The tripartite separation of powers finds no application in parliamentary governments.

Posted: August 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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