AL S. VITANGCOL 3RD

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YOU know it’s nearing reelection time when our lawmakers, possibly in aid of name recall, start appearing in various congressional committee hearings, with seemingly no knowledge of the technical aspects of what they are inquiring about. I am not saying that this applies to all – perhaps only to some.…

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Last of 2 parts ONE major broadcast station reported last week that an executive of a premier local government unit gathered the city’s constituents and apprised them about federalism. Thereafter, a survey was conducted on the citizenry’s pulse on the same issue. Would you believe that they used the Mamamayang…

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First of 2 parts THE Senate committee on constitutional amendments and revision of codes and laws continued its public hearing on Thursday, inviting a former Supreme Court justice, academic scholars, former constitutional commission members, and several incumbent executives to carry on the discussion on constitutional amendments. This committee, chaired by…

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Last of 2 parts SEVERAL people’s organizations started conducting their survey this week on their recommended Mamamayang Filipino Federal Model (MFFM) of the Republic of the Philippines. Respondents to the survey were asked to give their views and suggestions on the 10 questions listed in the survey form. This survey…

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First of 2 parts THE ruling PDP-Laban, through its Federalism Institute, has released a draft Constitution of the Federal Republic of the Philippines. The 67-page document can be summarized into this statement – it expands the power of the politicians and lacks the truly needed solutions to the problems of…

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HAVE you ever watched “The Big Picture with Kal Penn” on the National Geographic channel? Its host and producer, Kal Penn, explores and generates infographics from data banks and makes statistical analyses to simplify things and make the audience understand with ease otherwise unfathomable worldwide data and figures. In one…

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TROPICAL depression Urduja (international name Kai-Tak) departed the Philippine area of responsibility on Tuesday, leaving more than 40 people dead and a number of others missing. Majority of the fatalities were from Biliran. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), most of these deaths were due…

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