What do the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and the sin tax law have in common? To begin with, the process to put in place good rules takes so long. The new sin tax law (Republic Act No. 10351) has corrected the fundamental weaknesses of the old law. And it took 15 years to obtain the […]
Trade-off: “The giving up of one desired objective in order to attain another, when both cannot be achieved at the same time.” (The Free Dictionary) In his economics textbook Principles of Economics and other writings, the accessible Harvard economics professor N. Gregory Mankiw says everyone faces trade-offs. The metaphor frequently used by economists is: “There […]
WITH NO little pacifistic glee, President Benigno S. C. Aquino III endorsed to Congress sometime in September last year the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). It was soon filed with much the same glee in both houses by no less than their respective leaders as principal authors. Everybody looked happy about it — this piece […]
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 […]
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?
ESPECIALLY in the aftermath of a gruesome incident like the Mamasapano clash, people may tend to find it easy to buy into an aggressive line, like a pitch for an all-out war. Warmongers are more likely to sell their deadly ware because events have predisposed more people to heeding combative calls.