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Visualizing a People’s Congress

Two or three generations from now, public discussion on the design of a People’s Congress that will take the place of the current Senate and…

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Useless

(Published by The Manila Times on 3 July 2019) Elsewhere I proposed that more problems can be addressed by abolishing, instead of creating more, government…

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Posted in Economics Public Administration

Commitment Fees

(Published by The Manila Times on 26 June 2019) Red tape, defined by Webster as “official routine or procedure marked by excessive complexity which results…

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Posted in Politics Public Administration

Everybody Loves Infrastructures

(Published by The Manila Times on 12 June 2019) I was a local government employee in 1992 when Fidel Ramos became president, who lost no…

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Posted in Public Administration

Privatization and PPPs—Public Pain, Private Gain?

(Published by The Manila Times on 5 June 2019) Whenever society faces a problem, the common response—especially from among lawmakers—is to suggest the creation of…

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Tracking Government Projects

(Published by the Manila Times on 29 May 2019) In this digital age, information can be transmitted from one person to another in an instant,…

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Work Is Resumed

(Published by The Manila Times on 22 May 2019) That once-in-every-three-years break is behind us and, as presiding officers of legislative bodies call it after…

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Posted in Economics

Of credit ratings — how a taxpayer may see them

(Published by The Manila Times on 15 May 2019) IT was good news for the Philippines — and words of commendation are in order for…

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Posted in Politics Social Issues

The Average Voter

(Published by The Manila Times on 8 May 2019) The latest Pulse Asia survey for senators, conducted April 10-14, or one month before the elections…

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Weaponry or Poverty? Or How Lacson Fires Up Locsin

(Published by The Manila Times on 1 May 2019) Quite a startling quote—Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin on Twitter: “… Every country can speak…

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