SAF 44: The deathly time on target

 I tried reading the report of the Board of Inquiry (BOI) on the Mamasapano incident with an eye more on the lessons that one may get coherently from the account than on knowing who’s to blame for what. The focus is on factors contributing to the death of the 44 police commandos. I thought using […]

The fatal theory of leaky AFP

 A deadly misstep stems from a wrong assumption. We hear the same wisdom from barbershop sages when they warn us in the vernacular, marami ang namamatay sa maling akala. Lately, somebody failed to take heed and the toll was 67 dead, in Mamasapano. After reading the report of the Board of Inquiry (BOI), the fact-finding […]

Philippines Bags 3 International Awards for Tobacco Control

Philippines Bags 3 International Awards for Tobacco Control Press release—Action for Economic Reforms—21 March 2015     The Philippines gets three (3) prestigious awards in the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) held last March 17 to 21, 2015, in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The national government, a local government unit (LGU), and a […]

How we can avoid brownouts this summer without spending P450 million

The government is preparing for a 2015 power crisis. This crisis, according to the testimony of Department of Energy Assistant Director Irma Exconde before Congress last October 2014, is basically a 31-megawatt shortfall in supply for around two critical weeks in April. The government’s solution is the Interruptible Load Program (ILP), which will subsidize the expenses of large companies who have their own generators, if these have to be run due to impending brownouts.

Reforming fiscal incentives

ONE of the first legislative measures that the PNoy administration submitted to Congress — in fact, a priority bill that the President mentioned in his State of the Nation Address — was the rationalization of fiscal incentives.

That was in 2010. Today, nearly five years after and a year before the President’s term ends, a good bill on rationalizing fiscal incentives is nowhere to be found. Worse, and this affects not only the rationalization of fiscal incentives but other equally important legislative reforms, the prospect of success in passing such bills is getting gloomy as PNoy’s political capital has vastly diminished in the wake of the Mamasapano debacle.

Bangsamoro: How much power is the government willing to give?

I’M INCLINED TO understand the heated discussions on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law as one that’s reducible to the idea of autonomy. It’s known by its other names, such as self­rule, self­government, self­ determination, and it comes in varying degrees. I want to take the discussions as addressing, ultimately or proximately, the core question: what degree of autonomy shall the Philippine state grant the Bangsamoro?