Commentaries (179)

Federalism 104: Cha-cha challenges

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 12:47 Written by
The Senate committee on constitutional amendments, chaired by Sen. Franklin Drilon, will soon start public hearings on President Duterte’s proposal to adopt the federal system. The proposal will require Charter change (Cha-cha).

What are human rights?

Friday, 02 September 2016 11:27 Written by
The haunting image of a stunned and bloodied Omran Daqneesh, the 5-year-old boy who was pulled from the rubble after another round of deadly bombings in the Syrian civil war, bespeaks what in essence our human rights are all about—that…

A VIEW FROM THE CENTER: Human dignity and the right of self-defense

Thursday, 01 September 2016 11:51 Written by
  “Rodrigo Duterte – the Donald Trump of the Philippines.” So we read and hear many times during the last months in newspapers, magazines, radio- and TV-programs all over the world.It is obvious that there are similarities:

The next revolution

Monday, 29 August 2016 11:37 Written by
Those of us who worked hard to make Rodrigo Roa Duterte the president of the Philippines never thought we would succeed. It was mission impossible. That is why he could not make up his mind for some time. To plunge…


Thursday, 25 August 2016 16:03 Written by
Carlo Calma Lorenzana grew up around fine wines. His father, Lito Monico C. Lorenzana, worked as a consultant for a large conglomerate in Argentina and often brought back assorted vino from the Lagarde vineyards. Before hitting the legal drinking age,…

A VIEW FROM THE CENTER: How do we change from unitary to federal? Part 3 of 3

Thursday, 25 August 2016 11:56 Written by
Part 3 of 3Before the time Candidate Digong came forward with a genius strategy of going for the Presidency with his “urong-sulong,” “now you see him, now you don’t” campaign approach, only a few people have really heard of federalism.…

Hero’s burial for a hero-maker

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 12:06 Written by
  “WE LIVE by symbols.” We make meaning through them—we are homo significans.The battle for the public meaning of the Libingan ng mga Bayani has now reached Padre Faura, threatening to become the first confrontation between the Duterte administration and…

A VIEW FROM THE CENTER: How do we change from unitary to federal? Part 2

Thursday, 18 August 2016 11:49 Written by
The first part of this three-column series discussed the four preconditions to a less painful, sustainable and successful shift to federalism. As I have previously said, revising the 1987 Constitution needs a FRAMEWORK, a step-by step process, a roadmap, so…
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