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Regulatory overreach

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The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is under fire from irate netizens following last week’s sting operation that led to the apprehension of a private car owner hiring out rides under the Uber network.

Posted: October 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Even a ‘voice in the wilderness’ can be heard

This is a reaction to Oscar Franklin Tan’s article titled “Death by traffic” (Opinion, 9/1/14).

Posted: October 20th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Fighting bad policies

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“It is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong,” wrote 18th-century British philosopher Jeremy Bentham. With further elaboration by John Stuart Mill, Bentham’s principle later turned into the goal of seeking the greatest total happiness (greatest good), period. That became known as Utilitarianism, a theory in normative ethics holding that the measure of correct action is the maximization of utility or total benefit. Many of us would be uncomfortable defining that as a societal goal, implying that maximized economic growth is the end-all of economic policy. To be truer to Bentham’s original wording, that aim is now widely qualified to consider, just as importantly, the incidence and distribution of that growth, captured in the now commonly used phrase “inclusive growth.”

Posted: October 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Competition law: what it is not

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As the Fair Competition Act gains ground in the 16th Congress, forces that have traditionally been resisting this game-changing economic measure for well over two decades appear to be training their guns on it again, in and out of Congress. Arguments being raised against it

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

Sustaining PH manufacturing growth

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PRESIDENT Aquino visits the production and training facilities of Alliance Mansols Inc. at the Laguna Technopark in Biñan City.  MALACAÑANG PHOTO

Recent growth figures show a strong resurgence of the manufacturing industry. The manufacturing industry grew 10.8 percent in the second quarter and 8.1 percent in the first half of the year.

Posted: October 5th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

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