JOSE V. ROMERO, JR. PH.D.

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Last of 2 parts THE reality of politicians as policymakers raises several new challenges for the design of federal institutions. First, expenditure, taxation, and grant assignments must somehow create incentives for lower level governments to spend efficiently and responsibly. Local governments may overspend on capital when capital transfers are easier…

JOSE V. ROMERO JR., PHD.

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THE advantages of federalism as trumpeted by its proponents are as follows: 1. Encourages local initiatives Federalism permits diversity. Local governments may deal directly with local problems. The entire nation is not straitjacketed with a uniform policy to which every state and community must conform. State and local governments may…

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IN the Book of Genesis, God said, “let the waters teem with living creatures…so God created the great creatures of the sea and every living creature with which the water teems and moves about in it according to their kind…” Unfortunately, the Lord did not parcel off parts of the…

JOSE V. ROMERO JR., PHD. COMMENTARY

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During the administration of President Estrada, the MILF lost its battles against the Philippine armed forces and its camps were destroyed despite the clandestine support of Malaysia. During the Arroyo administration, the MILF opted for a legal approach. Unfortunately, the legal initiatives embodied in the MOA-AD were struck down by…

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The ideal federal state combines a strong role for a central or national authority with an enhanced degree of independence and participation from the periphery or provincial or regional authorities. In the federal scheme of things, power is devolved or decentralized constitutionally. This was mandated in this country as early…

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UNLIKE some commentators we are not going to rant and rave for or against the TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act) which has just been signed into law, together with next year’s budget, and which might have derailed the well-laid plans of lobbyists and vested interests. Any fiscal…

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AT the recent Asean summit Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe told his confreres that the biggest threat to the world today was underpopulation. Coming from a head of state whose country is suffering from the “gray dawn” brought about by a fast ageing population, this did not come as a…

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