UNCERTAINTY

THERE is no doubt that majority of Filipinos especially the common masses still fully support President Rodrigo Duterte despite his unconventional leadership style.

But cracks are starting to surface in the leadership armor of President Duterte especially in the diplomatic and business fronts.

As everyone now knows, President Duterte easily turns ballistic every time the issue on extra-judicial killings is mentioned in connection with his anti-illegal drugs and criminality campaign.

Lately, however there are signs the international community’s patience on President Duterte is already wearing thin as foreign investors now appear ambivalent in the local market.

This is because analysts…

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INSATIABLE
Editorial cartoon by Romy Castro

REPORTS have it that Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) is keen on participating in the P74.6-billion private partnership project (PPP) contract to modernize Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the country’s premier gateway.

MPIC is headed by fund manager Manuel V. Pangilinan who according to some sources is the legal front of Indonesia based billionaire Anthoni Salim in the country.

The NAIA project was recently approved by National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) which was part of a plan to upgrade existing terminals in the country to increase capacity and handle operations in preparation for the…

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TAXING THE RICH TO SUPPORT THE POOR?
Editorial cartoon by Romy Castro

DESPITE STRONG opposition by the public, it appears that the Duterte administration is determined on raising the excise tax on petroleum products.

Economic planners are projecting that the government stands to collect an additional P130.51 billion in 2017, P158.76 billion in 2018 and P249 billion in 2022 should the measure be implemented.

To attain the same, the excise tax adjustment will raise the levy on regular fuel, from P4.35 a liter at present to P10 a liter next year, P10.40 a liter in 2018 and further to P12.17 a liter by 2022.…

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SIX GOING 96 AND BEYOND
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TIME flies fast! 

It seems only yesterday but OpinYon is now celebrating its 6th anniversary which is something that we are very thankful for.

OpinYon was conceived by our Publisher and Editor Mr. Ray Junia to be the leading light and primary champion for consumer protection.

The idea was born of the fact that Mr. Junia was aware that consumers are often at the mercy of oligarchs who control big businesses and industries and in the process also direct the economic fate of the country.

Some of our critics were quick in dismissing us with…

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Addressing Traffic Crisis
Editorial Cartoon by Romy Castro

THE ADMINISTRATION’S proposal for Congress to grant emergency powers to President Rody Duterte to address the worsening traffic crisis hit a roadblock after Senate committee on public services chair Senator Grace Poe held in abeyance deliberations on the measure.

Poe was prompted to defer the hearings after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) failed to submit a detailed list of projects or the so-called bill of particulars that the administration would implement to address the traffic crisis once the emergency powers are granted.

To recall, transportation officials asked the committee during a hearing on August 25 that…

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