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Dispelling the myth of a Chinese workers’ invasion

By The Manila Times March 23, 2019 CHINESE workers are not stealing valuable construction jobs from Filipino workers, despite the popular perception that they are, said Assistant Finance Secretary Antonio Joselito Lambino 2nd on Wednesday. He was trying to allay fears of a “Chinese invasion” of Philippine infrastructure projects, particularly …

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The drug war now becomes the people’s war

By The Manila Times March 22, 2019 Recent developments in the war on illegal drugs, according to the authorities, signify the start of a new and critical phase in the anti-drug campaign. Success in this new engagement could make all the difference in the success of the entire struggle. It …

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A lesson in fuzzy trade data

By The Manila Times March 21, 2019 IN an economic bulletin published on Tuesday, the Department of Finance (DoF) revealed an unusual problem in the country’s trade data: According to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Direction of Trade Statistics report, the Philippines exported about 30 percent more in 2018 than …

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Accountability crucial to public service

By The Manila Times March 20, 2019 HOW MANY times has the public heard an authority say: “I hold myself accountable” or “I take full responsibility” for something — declarations of seemingly important consequence, only to be let down when the words turn out to be empty? Failure to deliver …

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Turning the budget process into messy sausage-making

By The Manila Times March 19, 2019 There is a famous saying about lawmaking being likened to sausage-making that is attributed to the great German chancellor, Otto von Bismarck. It goes something like: “Laws are like sausages. Better not to see them being made.” The point it makes is that …

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PCHR distorts the meaning of its ‘independent’ status

By The Manila Times March 18, 2019 BY declaratively opposing the presidential decision to withdraw the Philippine government from the Rome Statute, which established the International Criminal Court, the Philippine Commission on Human Rights (PCHR) not only challenges a lawful and constitutional policy decision, it is also provoking a litigation …

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Mosque attacks: Inhuman, monstrous and evil

By The Manila Times March 17, 2019 The terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday can only be described as a hate-filled, monstrous and evil act that deserves to be condemned. At least 49 people have been confirmed dead while dozens were seriously injured in the …

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No excuse for El Niño surprise

By The Manila Times March 16, 2019 THE old saying “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” might very well be applied to the Philippines’ response, or lack thereof, to the predictable, periodic El Niño climate phenomenon that is now having a severe impact on water supply …

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Friar lands issue: a matter of law and public policy

By The Manila Times March 15, 2019 President Rodrigo Duterte made a surprise announcement earlier this week in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, that during the second half of his presidential term, he would be stepping up the distribution of public lands to landless citizens. It was more than another applause …

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PH trade data shows effects of budget impasse

By The Manila Times March 14, 2019 THE National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) has again warned that failure to pass the 2019 budget will stunt the Philippines’ economic growth, a day after government data revealed the country’s trade deficit widened by $600 million year-on-year in January. Yet against this backdrop …

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