By: Edgar O. Chua 27 January 2018 – Early this week, the Makati Business Club, the Management Association of the Philippines, and the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines issued a joint statement regarding the proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution. The three groups stressed that any constitutional amendments should be, at this time, focused on […]
By: Jose Cuisia Jr. 20 January 2018 – I was flabbergasted when I read presidential spokesperson Harry Roque’s statement during a Malacañang press conference last Dec. 19 that the Philippine government had withdrawn its application for a Second Compact with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) for the reason that the Duterte administration needed to focus on the […]
By: Edilberto C. de Jesus 13 January 2018 – The body politic has long been ailing. While recent years have brought some relief, its tolerance for pain has weakened, its anguish sharpened by the evidence of other polities enjoying better health and the claims of current political doctors that they have the single, surefire remedy—federalism—to end […]
By: Edilberto C. de Jesus 06 January 2018 – This was the rejoinder of a 2016 UP School of Economics forum to the claim that federalism was the only solution to the country’s problems. Responding to the question, social science professors produced the “Debate on Federal Philippines: A Citizen’s Handbook” to identify the issues to consider […]
12 August 2017 – At the latest Dutertenomics Forum organized jointly by the British Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and the Presidential Communications Office, and supported by the Makati Business Club and the Management Association of the Philippines, I was impressed by the dynamic president and CEO of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), Vince Dizon. In answering a question from the floor about the difference between the current administration and previous administrations in the ability to deliver much needed infrastructure projects, he focused on three words: unity, decision and action.