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YES, you read it right. Either we have federalism or Duterte ends up a failure. That is the single most vital endgame that Duterte will put all his political capital on. We never had any political reform in the past six years of BSA3. It was the Liberal Party (LP)…

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WE will soon hit May 2018 which signals the beginning of preparations for the midterm elections. When the Duterte administration hits May 2019, the third year of the president’s six-year term begins and lame duck status kicks in. Knowing that Duterte is not up for re-election, politicians will now be…

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MAY 2019 is 13 months away and the Commission on Elections is in a quandary about so many issues awaiting decisions and actions to assuage fears of a no-el scenario, or even a failure of elections. Of the remaining four commissioners, there is no one who has run an automated…

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The Philippines is a maritime nation composed of 7,641 islands. You could just imagine the pristine beaches dotting our coastline of 36,289 km (22,549 mi). Put them all together, we need a coherent coastline protection plan in place so we prevent the total destruction of our Crown Jewels which serve…

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ICT, or information communication technology, is the backbone of the new world we live in. Duterte is both disruption and innovation in governance. With political will, he has shown that what used to be hard to do, can be done. How can a mayor from Davao City, Mindanao, and who…

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THE barangay is the basic political unit in the country. This May, we will have the long-delayed for officials of the barangay, which is the frontline of government. If barangays work, we will have better local governance and the national government will not have to attend to matters that local…

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IN the history of the Philippine judiciary, there has been only one successful impeachment of a sitting Chief Justice and that was against the late Renato Corona on December 12, 2011. In the history of the Supreme Court, the appointment of Maria Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice was very unique.…

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One thing I learned after being involved in politics for years is that the more politicians control the framing of an issue, the more people disengage. That is true here and in other capitals of the world. Being a politician these days is not something to be proud of. By…

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OVERSEAS Filipinos number 10.2 million as of 2013, per the global mapping done by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas. Filipinos are the country’s number one export. The labor export policy started in the “mid-1970s, when rising oil prices caused a boom in contract migrant labor in the Middle East. The…

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FEBRUARY is yellow month. Instead of uniting across differing political lines, each year’s celebration of EDSA has become a reminder of how the schism is so deep that it appears as a continuing saga of Marcos-Aquino, Aquino-Marcos. Apart from marking it as a day of reckoning, it has also evolved…

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