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Boos and cheers are only noise

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Partisan watchers of the governance game do so much booing or cheering that they risk believing their own noise. Fortunately, however, the citizens at large—the “bosses” or ultimate judges, in a democratic society—have the sense to pay more heed to what the players are actually doing on the court, than to what the diehards are screaming from the sidelines.

Posted: December 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Poor and hungry

Malacanang’s response to the release of a Social Weather Stations survey showing that 43 percent, or about 9.3 million Filipinos, considered themselves hungry, and 55 percent, or some 12.1 million Filipino families, thought themselves poor, was true to form.

Posted: November 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

No inclusivity yet

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In the phrase “inclusive growth,” the key word is “inclusive,” not “growth.” Unless economic growth is inclusive, meaning that it benefits the lower classes, let us not make so much propaganda about it.

Posted: November 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,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 »

Legal philosophy

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Interestingly, my column last Sunday (“SC tops SWS poll”) elicited—aside from the usual Twitter-type, knee-jerk reactions—lengthy and perceptive comments on the need to know the legal philosophy of Supreme Court justices.

Posted: October 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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