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Checks and Balances in the 1987 Constitution: A Shield Against Tyranny

Some political and legal pundits have credited President Rodrigo Duterte for triggering serious discussion on federalism as a form of government which, it is argued, suits the situation and demands of the Philippines’ diverse society. For the PDP-Laban Federalism Institute, “The unprecedented assumption to power of Duterte and his political…

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The Fate of the National Land Use Act in a Federalist System

On May 9, 2018, the Campaign for Land Use Policy Now! (CLUP Now!), led by the Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ANGOC), the Kaisahan Tungo sa Kaunlaran ng Kanayunan at Repormang Pansakahan (KAISAHAN), and JJCICSI organized a forum titled “The Fate of the National Land Use Act…

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VP vote recount: call to active citizenship

by Fr. Flaviano L. Villanueva, Fr. Joselito Sarabia, Fr. Roberto P. Reyes, and Sr. Teresita Alo To those old enough to remember the stolen election of 1986, the vote recount for the vice presidential race, currently underway, may seem at once like a repetition and an inversion of the past. In February…

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What is Good About the 1987 Constitution?

Even before coming to power, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte had been casting federalism as “our last hope” to set right the excesses of a central government controlled by “Imperial Manila,” the inequitable distribution of public resources, the uneven economic development among regions, and the massive poverty that has bred unrest…

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Urban poor commission needs a champion

Hopes rose among the urban poor when President Duterte declared, during his first month in office, that his administration would not treat them like dogs by allowing the demolition of their houses. If relocation cannot be avoided, he said, he would be “very generous” and ensure the presence of job-creating…

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