COMMONSENSE
Amending the words of the law
by Marichu A. Villanueva - September 26, 2018 - 12:00am
Senate President Vicente Sotto III stirred a hornet’s nest last week after he echoed a composer’s wishful thinking to tweak a line of our country’s national anthem to reflect a more positive note....
Clear policy signals
by Marichu A. Villanueva - September 24, 2018 - 12:00am
The latest catastrophe that befell our country as super typhoon “Ompong” hit is again a sad testimonial of the dire consequences of ignoring the challenges of climate change.
Unnatural cause of delays
by Marichu A. Villanueva - September 21, 2018 - 12:00am
With world crude oil prices rebounding to over $70 per barrel, the pressure remains pushing further up the inflation rate in the Philippines until the end of this year.
Shift to natural gas
by Marichu A. Villanueva - September 19, 2018 - 12:00am
While attending the 30th edition of the Gastech exhibition and conference being held here, the CNN kept us abreast about the onslaught back home in the Philippines of super typhoon “Ompong.”
Politics-driven inflation panic
by Marichu A. Villanueva - September 17, 2018 - 12:00am
The economic managers of President Rodrigo Duterte have apparently been shaken out of their denial stage now that the entire August showed 6.4% inflation rate.
Onset of early election fever
by Marichu A. Villanueva - September 14, 2018 - 12:00am
The economic team of President Rodrigo Duterte will have to work double time if they want to see the passage into law at the 17th Congress of the second package of the proposed tax reforms program dubbed as Tax Reform...
No such thing as ‘forever’
by Marichu A. Villanueva - September 12, 2018 - 12:00am
Albay Congressman Joey Salceda, who is the recognized resident economist at the 17th Congress, authored and helped shepherd the passage into law of the five-step package of comprehensive tax reforms program.
Unending word war
by Marichu A. Villanueva - September 10, 2018 - 12:00am
After ending his word war with former American president Barack Obama with a public apology last week while he was on a state visit in Israel, President Rodrigo Duterte kicked dusts anew at the expense of incumbent...
Testing the limits, albeit dangerously
by Marichu A. Villanueva - September 7, 2018 - 12:00am
What could be the anti-climax in the second and last term of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV might be a big boost to the senatorial bid of fellow erstwhile Oakwood mutineer-turned-politician, Magdalo party-list Representative...
Duterte’s unfiltered ‘talkatise’
by Marichu A. Villanueva - September 5, 2018 - 12:00am
Admitting one’s fault and making apology for it are acts that President Rodrigo Duterte has done so many times already since he first assumed office in Malacañang in June 2016.
Self-inflicted inflation
by Marichu A. Villanueva - September 3, 2018 - 12:00am
It’s the ber months already and at the rate prices of basic goods continue to rise unabated, we may not be looking forward to a merry Christmas.
Police powers with no policeman
by Marichu A. Villanueva - August 31, 2018 - 12:00am
We rejoice with the Filipina athletes who have produced all four of the gold medals for the Philippines in the still on-going 2018 Asian Games taking place in Indonesia.
Living up to ‘worst’ airport tag
by Marichu A. Villanueva - August 29, 2018 - 12:00am
Now that the dust has settled, so to speak, let me dwell on the unfortunate incident involving Xiamen Airlines that crippled flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Means to an end
by Marichu A. Villanueva - August 27, 2018 - 12:00am
The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) wants amendments incorporated in the draft Terms of Reference on the New Major Player (NMP) in the public telecommunication market.
Binay’s reign in Makati
by Marichu A. Villanueva - August 24, 2018 - 12:00am
One of the most notable groups of lawyers that fought the martial law dictatorship then belongs to the Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity and Nationalism Inc., or MABINI.
GMA shows them how
by Marichu A. Villanueva - August 22, 2018 - 12:00am
Former president and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was interviewed by GMA-7 news anchor Arnold “Igan” Clavio yesterday at the “Unang Hirit” early morning talk show program of the...
FEMA-like DDR
by Marichu A. Villanueva - August 20, 2018 - 12:00am
The proposed creation of the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR) is now gaining momentum at the 17th Congress.
Financing economic growth
by Marichu A. Villanueva - August 17, 2018 - 12:00am
Finance Secretary Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez is the acknowledged head of the economic team of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Budget talks
by Marichu A. Villanueva - August 15, 2018 - 12:00am
Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin Diokno was so bullish when he first presented to media the newly submitted bill on the proposed General Appropriations Act (GAA) for 2019. Implementing...
Another kind of flooding
by Marichu A. Villanueva - August 13, 2018 - 12:00am
As expected, the bleeding hearts are vociferously opposing against the declared plans of the government to allow greater importation of basic foodstuffs to prevent galloping inflation that could further hurt the...
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