Tag: Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

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 […]

The Philippine Senate’s Unwillingness to Address Macapagal-Arroyo’s Charter Change is Blessing in Disguise

When she was President of The Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo spoke about her support for making constitutional reforms that would transform the country from a strong presidential to a parliamentary system. Her political and personal opposition at the time brought about a proverbially brutal end to her attempts to change Philippine governance […]

Duterte is Right in Proposing Lower Tariff Thresholds to Help The Poor and Restrain Corporate Oligarchs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is working closely with House Speaker (and former President) Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to drastically cut import tariffs on foodstuffs including fish and meat. Meanwhile, Duterte has reiterated his threat to seize rice hoarded by local oligarchs who stand accused of artificially inflating the price of rice, making […]

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s New Position Gives a Small Glimpse of What Life Would be Like in a Proper Parliamentary System

Debates on whether Gloria Macapagal Arroyo well make a good House Speaker are ultimately unrelated to debates on whether her long Presidency was successful or not. Suffice to say, her economic record was better than all of her post-1987 predecessors and her overall record was far better than her immediate successor. […]