Commentaries (179)

Thinking the way the bully wants

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 11:05 Written by
The aerial photographs obtained by Inquirer.net’s Frances Mangosing show incontrovertible proof that China’s militarization of its South China Sea outposts is almost complete.To this latest outrage, another demonstration of Xi Jinping’s contempt for compromise commitments his predecessors entered into with…

The brass tacks on federalism

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:54 Written by
I’m glad state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) has moved into the needed objective and research-based analysis of detailed design elements associated with federalism, with a study tackling what could well be the most critical element of…

Federalism as a grand bargain

Thursday, 19 October 2017 10:25 Written by
Last of 2 parts THIRD, a decisive and stable leadership is needed to deal with many outstanding national security issues that the country is facing and will continue to face in the years ahead—the war on drugs, terrorism and US-China…

Federalism as a grand bargain

Thursday, 19 October 2017 11:11 Written by
First of 2 parts THE ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Laban ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) recently submitted to the House of Representatives its proposal for constitutional amendments. There has been a lot of apprehensions regarding our shift to a federal form of government.…

Disappointment and reset

Thursday, 19 October 2017 11:05 Written by
WHAT a huge disappointment the Duterte administration has evolved into after so much hope and hype were generated from the election. Instead of bold moves to restructure the country towards more manageable governance units, not much actual progress towards a…

Doing business in a federal government

Thursday, 14 September 2017 08:35 Written by
WILL it be easier, especially for the micro, small and medium (less than P100 million assets) enterprises to do business under a federal set-up? Since Federalism essentially means a smaller sovereign state (the region) within a larger sovereign state (the…

Duterte has his share of incompetent officials

Thursday, 14 September 2017 08:13 Written by
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has joined local and international human rights groups in decrying the extrajudicial killings.   Police and vigilantes have killed thousands of people involved in the drug trade — users, pushers and traffickers — since President…

Death, nationalism, China

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 10:15 Written by
THE death of a loved one or a friend—two friends Michael Marasigan and Roy Sinfuego passed away recently—always reminds one how fleeting life is. Brief it is but life is a magical moment, a miracle in the universe’s14 billion years…
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