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THIS is the view of constitutionalist and retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Vicente Mendoza. In an interview with The Manila Times, Mendoza said that the 1987 Constitution should cope with the challenging times, especially on economics. Mendoza said that the economic provisions of the constitution should be updated. He cited…

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THE lingering poverty and fears of term extension for politicians have derailed efforts to amend the 1987 Constitution, regardless of the president’s stance on Charter change (Cha-cha). This has been agreed upon by Representatives Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna Party-list and Sherwin Tugna of the Citizens Battle Against Corruption, both…

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AS Charter change continues to face stiff opposition and stir fears of term extensions for elected officials, House leaders see amending a number of existing laws to spur economic growth and generate jobs, especially in the countryside. Rep. Romero Quimbo of Marikina , chairman of the House Committee on Ways…

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THE leadership of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is hopeful that it would soon be able to return to its traditional role as protector of the country’s territory and sovereignty by 2016 or after the end of the term of President Benigno Aquino 3rd. AFP spokesman Brig. Gen.…

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FROM Iloilo and the slum areas of Metro Manila, former national player and now table tennis leader Ting Ledesma has emerged from poverty to become one of the country’s successful sports leaders. Ledesma, who now heads the Table Tennis Association of the Philippines (TATAPhil) as president, started playing table tennis…

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ONE of the more serious problems the Philippines is facing is the high rate of unemployment. With the lack of opportunities for new graduates, the number of jobless individuals continues to rise annually. Lawmakers particularly in the Senate have been doing their part to address unemployment through proposed legislation that…

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A measure that grants security of tenure to erstwhile contractual employees has been revived in the 16th Congress after getting swept under the rug the last time out. There are two versions of the bill which have been filed thus far: House Bill 573 or an Act Strengthening the Security…

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THE Internet has changed the employment landscape in a huge way. It has transformed not only the workplace but the worker as well. In the 18th century, the Industrial Age gave birth to the factory worker, a laborer who stoked blast furnaces, built steam engines, assembled cars. Today, less than…

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