Tag: 1987 Constitution

If The Philippines Had a Pro-FDI Constitution – Mike Pompeo Would Have Had More Than Empty Words to Offer

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has skilfully ushered in a new non-aligned foreign policy that has allowed the country to renew historic ties with China in the modern era, leave old disputes with Malaysia in the past, become a leading light in ASEAN, whilst also gradually developing new ties with countries […]

The Philippines is Among The Least Easy Places to do Business in ASEAN – The Liberal 1987 Constitution is to Blame

The World Bank has ranked every economy in the world based the ease of doing business. The range of factors considered when making the penultimate assessment can be read in detail here. The news for The Philippines in particular serves as a stark reminder of how the economy is being […]

Lessons For The Philippines: Trump Would be Wise to Advocate a Shift to Parliamentary Governance

Understanding Trump’s popularity in The Philippines vis-a-vis his predecessor Donald Trump remains generally popular among the vast majority of Filipinos who continue to support President Rodrigo Duterte in record numbers. The reasons for this are not hard to ascertain. Donald Trump has uniformly resisted attempts by members of the US […]

Duterte’s Remarks on The Commission on Audit Should Get People Talking About Federalism

While no fiscally prudent individual likes big government, it is often that governmental organisations designed to better restrict government spending become bloated big government bodies themselves. Such is the case with the Philippine Commission on Audit that was established as yet another permanent body of government by the 1987 Constitution. President […]

The Charter Change Draft Just Passed by The Philippine House Insults The Intelligence of True Reformists

The Philippine House of Representatives just voted in favour of a draft constitutional reform package on its third and final reading. The draft is largely the brainchild of House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and as such, represents a grave disappointment for those who had high hopes for her Speakership. The final vote tally was […]

Duterte Delivers Highest GDP Per Capita in Philippine History With One Hand Tied Behind His Back

The economic progress of The Philippines has rapidly accelerated under President Rodrigo Duterte, but even that achievement is only half of the story. Most of the economic woes faced by The Philippines in recent decades has been the direct result of an outdated Constitution which contains specific clauses forbidding modern […]

Official Federalism Roadshows in The Philippines Must Explain That There’s a World Beyond ConCom

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) of The Philippines has officially launched Federalism Roadshows that will bring educational lecture/seminar style interactive civics lessons to Filipinos who want to learn about some of the constitutional reforms that President Rodrigo Duterte has long championed. Of course any opportunity to […]

The Philippines Could be Promoting Foreign Direct Investment in Shanghai if Not For The 1987 Constitution

The Philippines eagerly participates in historic import conference in Shanghai  Among the scores of nations participating at the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai is The Philippines. While The Philippines is a net importer of industrial goods, as the country braces for much needed constitutional reforms as part of the […]