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Rear Admiral Alexander Pama has assumed as the 32nd Flag Officer-in-Command (FOIC) of the Philippine Navy. Like his predecessors, Pama is faced with the enormous challenge of modernizing one of the most ill-equipped navies of the world.

Posted on January 6, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

In Brazil, the country where the concept of conditional cash transfers for the poor—in the form of Bolsa Familia—was invented, the World Bank reports that poverty has fallen from 22 percent of the population to 7 percent between 2003 and 2009. But critics warn against treating as a magic bullet in addressing complex poverty related problems.

Posted on January 3, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

President Benigno Aquino III has revived stalled peace talks with the two biggest rebel groups in the Philippines: the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Communist Party-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front. The government has refused to hold peace talks with the Abu Sayyaf, the smallest and most radical of the Muslim separatists groups in the [...]

Posted on December 24, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

In his open letter to President Aquino, former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo explains why the plea bargaining agreement between government prosecutors and former Armed Forces of the Philippines comptroller Carlos Garcia ‘is not justified.’

Posted on December 23, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

When I first heard the news that the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is releasing a new set of banknotes, the first thing I did was to see if the American flag in the P100 bill is still there.

Posted on December 22, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

On December 10, 2010, it decided to free the Morong 43, that group of 43 health workers who have been wrongly incarcerated by the military on suspicion of being communist sympathizers or trainees. But on the same day, the Philippine government deliberately snubbed and boycotted the ceremony for the Nobel Peace Prize award to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo because of pressures from China.

Posted on December 20, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

The Supreme Court recently declared unconstitutional President Benigno Aquino III’s Executive Order No. 1 creating the Truth Commission. In a vote of 10 to 5, the majority ruled that EO 1 violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution because it singled out investigation of graft and corruption in the previous administration. Twenty-four years earlier, [...]

Posted on December 13, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

As far as I know from my knowledge of Catholic theology (which I studied before going into economics), there is no dogma on when exactly life begins. I think this is more a question of science than of faith.

Posted on December 8, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

By Charlie Yu Magandang Gabi Po  Sa Inyong Lahat. We are here today because we believe that there is a fundamental distinction between what is right and what is wrong.  Out of that belief, we are here because we are willing to stand up for what is right and to condemn what is wrong. It [...]

Posted on November 21, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

I rise today on a question of personal and collective to bring to your attention an issue of dishonesty that haunts the highest court of the land. I wish to bring this concern to your attention not to pose an academic issue but to make a warning – unless the Supreme Court corrects itself on this issue, it will make dishonesty part of our public policy.

Posted on November 16, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Commentary, Institutions, The Judiciary

Cluelessly oblivious to the gathering storm brewing around its “show cause” order to 37 UP law professors, the Philippine Supreme Court (SC) is still insisting they appear at a hearing to explain why they should not be sanctioned for criticizing the Court’s decision clearing a colleague of plagiarism charges.

Posted on October 28, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Commentary, Institutions, The Judiciary
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