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A-DL, FOIL to BBL

Patricio Diaz GENERAL Santos City–“A-DL” is Anti-Dynasty Law; “FOIL” is Freedom of Information Law. BBL is the original Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law. All three are still bills marooned in the 16th Congress. As BBL has been debased and pining for redemption and passage, A-DL and FOIL, long resigned to their ...

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Revisiting devt councils

Ike Señeres THE Local Government Code (LGC) provides for the creation of a Local Development Council (LDC) at every level of local governance, from the barangay level all the way up to the regional level. Their names change at each level, for example there are Barangay Development Councils (BDCs), Municipal ...

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Elections in our country

Butch Bagabuyo “Just as all tall trees are known by their shadows, so are good men known by their enemies.” –Chinese proverb TODAY, being Chinese New Year’s Day, is a fitting preparation for the start of the campaign period for the May 9, 2016 elections. Chances are, all candidates in this ...

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Be like monkeys?

Patricio Diaz GENERAL Santos City–Philippine Daily Inquirer reported on Feb. 4 (Sino envoy tells guests: Be like monkeys) that Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua exhorted his guests at a reception at the Chinese Embassy Wednesday ahead of Chinese Lunar New Year, “Be  like monkeys”. The new Chinese Lunar ...

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A game that slipped away

Cesar Gorillo IT was a game that was to create history.  For the first time in the history of the PBA and even of the NBA, there was never any team that resurrected from a 3-0 deficit and to finally snatch the championship.  But it exactly happened on the night ...

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A call to elect the godly

Batas Mauricio THE one single but most telling admission that President Aquino’s “righteous governance” glaringly failed despite his being the head of government for six years came not from his political enemies or detractors, but from his own personal choice to lead the battle against graft and corruption in 2010, ...

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Power failure

Ruffy Magbanua HOW would  you rate the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) in the last seven years? In fairness, NGCP is a powerhouse but a power failure in the delivery of its social obligation per se. This assessment is duly seconded by Mindanao’s business community saying a probe must ...

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Rethinking the anti-corruption mandate

Michael Henry Yusingco MELBOURNE–The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) annually issued by Transparency International has been a widely used tool in assessing the extent of public sector corruption of nation-states. For the CPI of 2015, the Philippines ranked 95th out of 168 nations. This is not exactly a good result given ...

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New focus, same evidence

Patricio Diaz GENERAL Santos City–Disregarding “new focus”, nothing new – nothing that can be considered new material evidence – came out at the seven-hour new inquiry on the Mamasapano debacle last Jan. 26. Old issues were discussed with the same “resource persons” or “witnesses” a year ago. This was shown ...

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A post-mortem on BBL

H. Marcos Mordeno MALAYBALAY City–Congress has left the Bangsamoro Basic Law to die on the bloodstained path to elusive, if not illusive, peace in Mindanao, and so it can now be said that it was a bill no lawmaker wanted passed. At least not after the Mamasapano Tragedy that rekindled anti-Moro ...

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