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First responder and land use in a federal PH

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 13:19 Written by
THERE is not enough time left to get federalism out of the legislative maze. Despite the presence of several versions of the federalism proposal, the 18th Congress will not move in the direction of federalism. The Cabinet’s economic cluster is…

Nene Pimentel: 'Remember me as a bridge builder'

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 13:45 Written by
MANILA -- Years into his retirement, Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. would move around in a wheel chair. His doctors had asked him to refrain from flying to the provinces to talk about federalism which believers and critics said was a…

Still about drugs: Duterte’s other reason for giving up on federalism

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 13:38 Written by
The President fears local governments would be vulnerable to the spread of drugs under a federal form of governmentMANILA, Philippines - It all boils down to the campaign against illegal drugs.President Rodrigo Duterte said this was his other reason for…

DILG relaunches push for constitutional reforms

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 10:14 Written by
DILG Usec Jonathan Malaya says the new constitutional reform campaign includes equality provisionsMANILA, Philippines - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Tuesday, October 8, said it was relaunching its campaign pushing for amendments to the Constitution.In a…

A brief, true history of the rise and fall of the Marcos dictatorship: An eyewitness account

Friday, 20 September 2019 13:51 Written by
WHEN Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in September 1972, I was a 19-year-old Ateneo college dropout heading the Manila and Rizal organization of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).For all its fearful reputation even at that time, the party…

Empowering the locals

Thursday, 12 September 2019 11:33 Written by
“We are ready for Federalism, which is the logical destination of the journey that we started with decentralization and devolution. If we truly want to empower the regions, we must federalize!” – Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, speech at Manila…

Subsidiarity for soup

Thursday, 05 September 2019 15:38 Written by
“Building a future of freedom requires love of the common good and cooperation in a spirit of subsidiarity.” – Pope Francis, address to US Congress, Sept. 24, 2015SEN. Manny Pacquiao once remarked, “I eat the same foods almost every day.…

Arbitral award vs China: We shot ourselves in the foot

Monday, 02 September 2019 11:02 Written by
First of a series on the Aquino-Del Rosario foreign policy fiascoMORE precisely, not really “us” but former President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his incompetent foreign secretary Albert del Rosario who shot our Republic in the foot by filing in 2013…
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