JOSE V. ROMERO, JR. PH.D.

JOSE V. ROMERO JR., PHD. COMMENTARY

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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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THE perceptive column on population by my fellow columnist Yen Makabenta avers to the meeting of minds between the Church and anti-population planners on the issue of planned parenthood. He quotes from a book of former British Prime Minister Lady Thatcher the following: “Perhaps the single most pressing problem for…

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A highly venerated church event this October is the centennial of the apparition of the Blessed mother in Fatima. Her appearances are commemorated by a group of religious structures, the most important of which is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima (Portuguese in Cova da Iria, in the parish…

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ON the final day of a week-long political summit in Beijing—the 19th Party Congress, President Xi Jinping, who was given another term, pledged to lead the world’s second largest economy into a “new era” of international power and influence and be on top among the great world powers by the…

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THE Catholic Church is made up of laity and clergy. That is what makes the principle of the separation of church and state (which was intended in the first place to protect the Vatican from prince predators) mythical. The church is composed of sinners and saints. Pope Francis describes it…

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THE goals of development, economists agree, are freedom, satisfaction of basic needs, equitable distribution of wealth, participation and access. The means to development have historically been traceable to economic growth, self-reliance, endogenous development, structural transformation and environmental transformation. According to Myrdal, the pursuit of development is reflected in the following…

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THERE is an old Latin saying which says, “if you seek peace prepare for war”. It is generally agreed that the Philippine Armed Forces is one of the weakest in the world. This is an anomaly given that this country is the twelfth biggest in the globe in terms of…

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