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Monthly archive February 2017

Is this justice?

The witnesses in Senator De Lima’s case have everything to gain, and nothing to lose, by testifying according to the wishes of the DOJ. And apparently, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has indeed rewarded them handsomely.

Choosing the next central bank governor

A major appointment is looming in the area of economic management – the governorship of the central bank. A few prominent names are under serious consideration for the post of governor. These candidates have been floated from within government circles and in the public media.

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.”