2018

Puno denounces House ‘sham federalism’

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By Bernadette D. Nicolas, December 14 2018; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/puno-denounces-house-sham-federalism/ Image Credit to Business Mirror FORMER Consultative Committee (Con-com) Chairman Reynato S. Puno on Thursday branded as nothing but “sham federalism” a resolution approved by the House on the proposed shift to a federal form of government.    Puno, a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court […]

2018

House approves federalism charter on final reading

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By Ryan Macasero, December 11 2018; Philippine Star https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/12/11/1876180/house-approves-federalism-charter-final-reading Image Credit to Manila Bulletin MANILA, Philippines (Updated 7:04 p.m.) — The House of Representatives, by a vote of 224-22-3, passed on the third and final reading Resolution of Both Houses 15, a measure seeking to revise the 1987 Constitution and create a Federal Republic of the Philippines. The resolution was authored […]

2018

Senate says no time for charter change

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By Camille A. Aguinaldo, December 5 2018; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/senate-says-no-time-for-charter-change/ Image Credit to Business World SENATE PRESIDENT Vicente C. Sotto III on Wednesday said his chamber could no longer tackle, due to time constraints, the draft federal charter that the House of Representatives approved on second reading on Tuesday. “We don’t have time to take it […]

2018

House OK’s draft federal charter on 2nd reading

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By C.A. Tadalan, December 4 2018; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/house-oks-draft-federal-charter-on-2nd-reading/ Image Credit to Business World THE HOUSE of Representatives has approved on second reading a resolution on its version of a draft federal charter. The approval, via voice vote on Tuesday, of “Resolution Of Both Houses Proposing The Revision Of The 1987 Constitution Of The Republic Of […]

2018

House resumes plenary debates on Gloria Arroyo’s draft charter

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By Delon Porcalla, November 23 2018; Philippine Star https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/11/23/1870977/house-resumes-plenary-debates-gloria-arroyos-draft-charter Image Credit to Business World MANILA, Philippines — After repeated delays, House lawmakers on Wednesday resumed plenary debates on a draft charter prepared by Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo that is separate from the federalism proposal of a consultative committee that President Duterte had created. Leyte Rep. Vicente Veloso, chair […]

2018

‘Shift to federalism, a jump from frying pan to the fire’

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By Cai Ordinario, November 13 2018; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/shift-to-federalism-a-jump-from-frying-pan-to-the-fire/ Image Credit to Philippine Star A shift to federalism may not resolve poverty issues prevailing in developing countries like the Philippines, according to a discussion paper released by the University of the Philippines School of Economics (UPSE). In the paper, titled “Federalism and Inclusion in Developing […]

2018

PHL to pursue amendments to open economy

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By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan, November 5 2018; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/phl-to-pursue-amendments-to-open-economy/ Image Credit to Business World THE GOVERNMENT will immediately pursue amendments to current laws to further open them up to foreign participation after “marginal improvements” were realized in the latest Foreign Investment Negative List (FINL). Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said that the 11th FINL […]

2018

Arroyo to recommend to Senate withdrawal from Inter-Parliamentary Union

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By Charmaine A. Tadalan, October 22 2018; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/arroyo-to-recommend-to-senate-withdrawal-from-inter-parliamentary-union/ Image Credit to Business World SPEAKER Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday recommended the Philippines’ withdrawal from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) after it expressed its intention to visit the country to determine the “political persecution” of opposition Senators Leila M. De Lima and Antonio F. Trillanes IV. Ms. […]

2018

Foreign investment easing seen as achievable goal ahead of federalism shift

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By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan, September 11 2018; Business World http://www.bworldonline.com/foreign-investment-easing-seen-as-achievable-goal-ahead-of-federalism-shift/ Image Credit to Getty Images THE GOVERNMENT should make foreign investment liberalization its priority as Congress moves to amend the constitution, instead of being sidetracked by the long process of adjusting to federalism, a former Secretary of Finance said. Margarito B. Teves, who was […]

2018

Federalism linked to greater inequality, UP study finds

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By Leo Jaymar G. Uy, September 9 2018; Business World http://www.bworldonline.com/federalism-linked-to-greater-inequality-up-study-finds/ Image Credit to Business World FEDERALISM is a “strong predictor” of higher income inequality in developing economies and higher poverty on average for all countries, a study by the University of the Philippines School of Economics (UPSE) said. “The pro-federalism position claims that federalism […]