Commentaries (177)

Federalism, Con-ass, and faith

Thursday, 01 December 2016 21:07 Written by
  In an earlier commentary (“The federalism project in PH,” 11/9/16), I listed three key points from the institutional design literature that undermine the federalism project and the overall Charter change campaign.This one, still an extension of my lecture as…

The next fight: Cha-cha

Thursday, 01 December 2016 21:02 Written by
  The leaders of both chambers of Congress have signaled that they are about to move into the Cha-cha (Charter change) phase of this administration’s national development plan. The debate being framed in this regard is a constitutional convention (Con-con)…

A VIEW FROM THE CENTER: Globalization and trickle down economics: R.I.P.

Thursday, 01 December 2016 20:28 Written by
How to explain the stunning victory of the Donald as President of the US of A, and of Brexit and even our very own PRRD victories? Some analysts and even President Obama picture it as the “populist backlash” against globalization,…

A VIEW FROM THE CENTER: Shifting to a federalist economy

Thursday, 10 November 2016 10:37 Written by
  WITH about one million new entrants into the Philippine labor pool every year, our economy obviously needs to undergo fundamental restructuring, not just to absorb these new entrants but to offer hope to the tens of millions under- and…

Tax incentive a good start for low-cost housing development

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 12:41 Written by
  THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) recently reached an agreement with the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the National Housing Authority (NHA) to facilitate tax incentives for developers of socialized housing projects. This is a good…

MILLENNIALS ON THE MOVE: The Woes of the Yolanda Survivors

Wednesday, 09 November 2016 12:33 Written by
  Healing comes with great cost, especially on the heels of P-noy’s mis-governance. It has been 3 years, and the ghost of the past still haunts the administration who failed to rise from the situation. It was an ugly scenario,…

Building a nation, fast

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 14:17 Written by
  WHEN we build the country today, we should build it fast and build it for the Filipinos, not the oligarchs! For ultimately, the owners are the taxpayers. The first protocol therefore of Build. Build. Build. is, damn the oligarchs…

Free college tuition is not really free

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 17:04 Written by
“There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” This famous adage embodies the core economic principle that it is impossible for a man to get something for nothing. No resource is free because no resource is limitless.If the government…
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