Commentaries (179)

What’s with ConAss?

Monday, 01 August 2016 15:28 Written by
What’s in a mode of amending the Constitution? The Makabayan bloc in the House ofRepresentatives immediately reacted with vehemence when the President announced that theConstitution should instead be revised through a Constituent Assembly to save some P6 billion,the estimated cost…

Con-ass will create even fatter dynasties

Monday, 01 August 2016 11:17 Written by
EXPECT POLITICIANS to invoke their favorite but deeply flawed “Vox populi vox Dei” line.Sen. Nancy Binay once sneered: “It’s the people who will vote.” Is it really the people who will vote? Studies show otherwise.

Let’s not forget the youth

Thursday, 28 July 2016 11:38 Written by
IN 1791, when the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified allowing “a well-regulated militia for the security of a free state, and giving the right of the people to keep and bear arms,” nobody expected that three…

Federalism promotes better governance

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 18:18 Written by
I had to fly to Manila to play in the Aboitiz Media Golf on Tuesday, hence I had to do an advance column, which means, I cannot talk about the first State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo "Digong"…

A forum on pursuing federalism

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:49 Written by
Change has really come even for me. Usually, my Saturdays are sacred as it used to be my golfing day, which is considered “my day off.” Well, last Saturday, after my medical check up, instead of heading towards the golf…

Federalism: No one perfect model

Friday, 22 July 2016 10:49 Written by
Federalism is becoming increasingly important in the world today. Although only 28 countries claim to have a federal structure, they represent more than 40 percent of the world’s population. There are other countries that do not claim to be federal…

A VIEW FROM THE CENTER: Equalizing fiscal relations in federalism

Thursday, 21 July 2016 09:37 Written by
FILIPINOS may not realize that the fiscal relationship between their LGUs and the national government can only be described as grossly unjust. Maybe even that would be an understatement and yet it isn’t really that surprising given the long reliance…

A VIEW FROM THE CENTER: Natural resources management and federalism

Thursday, 14 July 2016 11:37 Written by
THE 1987 Philippine Constitution declares the Filipinos to be sovereign, and this is very interesting because to be “sovereign” means to be in “total control.” What it means in the arena of natural resources management is that the benefits derived…
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