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States of the future Phl federal republic

September 6, 2016

CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) By Gerardo P. Sicat (The Philippine Star) August 10, 2016   The political blockbuster for our republic is the proposal to create a federal state to change the government from the eight-decade old unitary presidential structure into a federal system. This requires the rewriting of the political constitution in […]

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Con Ass, Con Con, same thing

August 3, 2016

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) August 3, 2016   Theoretically, a Constitutional Convention is the ideal body to entrust the revision of the Constitution. It is supposed to be non partisan and in the past, there were a number of really distinguished citizens elected to serve as delegates. Then again, the […]

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Suggested changes to the Constitution

July 18, 2016

TRADE TRIPPER by Jemy Gatdula (Business World) July 15, 2016   Almost two months after the last elections, perhaps now may be a good time to start exploring and assessing the merits of amending the Constitution. Some of the following suggestions have long been made by myself (naturally, with many others), although a number have […]

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The People have spoken: Read the Constitution

January 22, 2016

Trade Tripper by Jemy Gatdula (Business World) January 21, 2016   Perhaps the error starts way back in law school. There, the unsuspecting law student becomes brainwashed with the notion of the “living constitution,” the idea that the words of the fundamental law can “evolve,” it not being “static,” and is supposed to “keep up […]

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The budget as instrument for effective governance

January 15, 2016

Trade Tripper by Jemy Gatdula (Business World) January 14, 2016   The budget for 2016 was signed into law last Dec. 22, 2015 and — at P3.002 trillion — it unabashedly is the costliest one for our Republic to date. By practical consideration, this makes the size of our government equal to 25% of our […]

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Terminate the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro or have it classified as a treaty

August 24, 2015

Trade Tripper by Jemy Gatdula (Business World) August 13, 2015   Well, at least we know that one senator is working rather than being merely engrossed with political persecution or positioning for the presidency. Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. released his “substitute” Bangsamoro Bill (Senate Bill No. 2894 and entitled, quite significantly I may […]

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A lifetime of unhappiness

April 10, 2015

Like It Is by Peter Wallace (Philippine Daily Inquirer) April 9, 2015   Let me reflect on something very controversial but needs to be addressed: Divorce. It’s something I’d like you to think about with compassion in the Christian spirit that Pope Francis constantly invokes. The title says it all: Why should you live a […]

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Should we amend the Constitution?

August 28, 2014

Like It Is by Peter Wallace (Philippine Daily Inquirer) August 28, 2014   Should we amend the Constitution? Definitely yes. Should President Aquino get an extended term? Definitely no. Not because he doesn’t deserve it. Not because the country needs a continuance of his policies. Not because of any justification. He shouldn’t get it for […]

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Costly mistakes in our nation-building

August 27, 2014

Crossroads (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) by Gerardo P. Sicat (The Philippine Star) August 27, 2014   Big mistakes in nation-building arise out of unwise decisions. Small mistakes that serially get repeated are big mistakes. I have often dealt with such mistakes in my discussions of policy reforms. Today I will be blunt and […]

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Lawless Day

August 14, 2014

Like It Is by Peter Wallace (Philippine Daily Inquirer) August 14, 2014   Let me take the subject of law further forward from my column “Time for a legal revolution” (7/24/14) with a few more points to ponder. I hope lawyers don’t get me wrong. I do understand the need to be precise in law […]

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