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Dangerous, damaging reclamation

This week we focus on the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), which anticipates pursuing more than 600 projects all over the country before 2022, including “illegal reclamation projects that we want to legalize or seek reimbursement from.”

Peace negotiations and the NPA rebellion

President Duterte, fresh from his election mandate, announced he would seek peace with communist rebels. With peace established, more economic development would be enabled. Almost immediately after assuming office, Duterte gave concessions to sweeten the prospects of peace.

Is Gina bent on killing mining industry?

Secretary Gina Lopez is really taking to heart what her department is tasked to do. Is she bent on killing the mining industry?

Cesar Virata assesses Phl economic reforms, directions

Former prime minister Cesar Virata has written a short piece entitled “The Philippines readying for a suite of changes” for the East Asia Forum. Although written mainly for an international audience, it is useful for all who monitor Philippine developments.

The punisher’s dilemma: helicopter drop or exoneration by due process

I confess to having been elated with the pivot in Digong’s anti-drug war if temporary. The pursuit and neutralization of drug users along with a sprinkling of traffickers was stayed to give way to the intended cleansing of the PNP and NBI of rogue cops and scalawags who connive with and abet traffickers.

Amnesty International received Nobel Peace Prize in ’77

“I was in favor of President Duterte’s slogan ‘Change.’ All Filipinos want change. But no Filipino wants dead bodies all over the streets, and for the police killing people to become the norm.”

A law that produces criminals

The recent revelation that rogue police have been using the “war on drugs” as a cover to extort from business people is more than enough reason for the administration to pause and radically rethink its whole approach to the drug problem.

Liberating the lake

At last. A promise made by President Rodrigo Duterte, the accomplishment period of which he hasn’t pushed back. Some things are beginning to look up for 2017. I refer to the “reclamation” of the Laguna de Bai.

Routine government services in large shopping malls

The government has been making gains in easing what used to be burdensome, uncomfortable and time-consuming encounters between common citizens and the government for transactions.

A scarce commodity in the House

If the order in which problems are tackled indicates their relative priority, then the House of Representatives gives the highest importance to reimposing the death penalty for heinous crimes. Because that is what House Bill No. 1, which calls itself the proposed “Death Penalty Law,” is about.

Crossed lines

This following question could come up if a student is particularly bright and observant, or if she just wants to make trouble...

Road to self-sustaining economic growth and President Duterte’s lament (continued)

Last week’s essay closed by emphasizing the need to pass the comprehensive tax reform program to provide the proper non-inflationary financing for the 10-year development plan that involves higher infrastructure investments and other public spending program.