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Editorial: “Nation-building” but not by the people

Gears are turning for the government’s push to federalism as the Consultative Committee (Con-Com) tasked to review the 1987 Constitution readies it for submission to the President come July 9. This comes after the Con-Com held just two regional consultations-cum-federalism roadshows in Dumaguete and Baguio. At the rate they are going, however, one can not avoid but think if inputs from these consultations shall really be incorporated in their approved draft.

As The Bamboos Sway: The historical clutch of Spanish friars on the Filipinos

As a Christian, I can forgive President Rodrigo Duterte for calling my God “torpe”. I can also forgive the Philippine Catholics for not abruptly rising against the president for the insult on their faith. Moreover, I will not fault Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle for saying “Be fools for Christ. God is the Savior. We do not need to save God. It is God who will save us.”

Editorial: Duterte fears Peace Talks

It would look like the president is afraid of losing in the peace negotiations between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH or GRP) when he called it off again early last month. Through back channel talks it was reported that the negotiations were to resume on the 28th of June. As if using the Filipino movie line, “sandali, mahirap na, kailangang maging sigurista tayo,” and then says that he needs three months to study the papers of the talks.

Bandillo: Peace Talks now elusive than ever

A review of what happened during the back-channel talks is imperative.  Last March, the GRP Panel informed the NDFP Panel that it wanted to hold informal talks to discuss how the formal talks could be resumed in June 2018. This is de facto nullification of GRP’s Proclamation 360 which unilaterally and improperly declared the “termination” not only of the formal talks but the entire peace negotiations between the GRP and the NDFP.

Reason for cancelling talks, bigger AFP operations — CPP

BAGUIO CITY — In astatement last June 17, the Communist Party of the Philippines said that President Rodrigo Duterte’s cancelation of the scheduled resumption of peace negotiations this month is “primarily in consideration of the AFP’s ongoing campaign plan for all-out military offensive” and allow the state forces to “complete its military campaign plan for 2018.”

Revisiting the policies of the Oil Industry

For almost two decades, the government’s liberal policy on the fuel and energy sector has been the subject of debate and protest. The recent public outcry against the fast and steep rise of fuel prices has again put the country’s deregulated oil industry on the stage.

Editorial: Drug tests, a band aid solution

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency proposed a mandatory drug test on grade 4 to grade 12 students and their teachers because they were “able to rescue” a 10 year old from illegal drugs.