Commentaries (180)

We are a narco-state

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 10:26 Written by
WHEN your chief of the national police breaks down publicly uttering, “who can I trust?”, the enormity of the situation stares at you hard. When the president of the country cries foul and cusses left and right and wonders why…

A VIEW FROM THE CENTER: Love thy neighbor – or don’t

Thursday, 08 December 2016 08:12 Written by
  THERE is no political discourse without emotions being involved. There is no political decision without opposition. And there is no political perspective that will not be challenged by one’s opponents. What seems to be universally accepted in politics all…

FEDERAL TALK: Preconditions, Process, and Timeframe towards the Future Republic of the Philippines

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 13:47 Written by
(Delivered at the Kusog Mindanaw Conference 2016 on 29 November 2016 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel by Lito Lorenzana, Centrist Democratic Party)Federalism is a subject matter that has occupied its Philippine advocates over the last three or four decades but…

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…
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