Community whispers: Should we amend the Constitution?

Should we amend the Constitution?

Amending the 1987 Constitution is the most important and most contentious change this country will face under President Duterte. It needs to be done with the utmost care.

The Constitution is reactionary in that it was developed in reaction to the excesses of the Marcos regime, and at a time when redeveloping a national identity overrode a need for balance. Consequently, it ended up far too detailed when general policy and ideology are what a charter calls for.

Should we amend the Constitution? Definitely, yes. I’d much prefer that a constitutional convention (Con-con) be formed.…

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BOC corruption persists

BUREAU of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro Lapena may have only scraped the icing in the pie of corruption in his agency.

He may not even know it. But many importers and brokers are shouting out their anger, frustration and disappointment over what they described as grave abuse of discretion by some corrupt customs officials.

These corrupt officials according to importers are out not to do their jobs but to virtually squeeze them off of their hard earned money, even if their documents and declared values are allegedly in order. 

Hard time

And yet, no matter how traumatic and financially…

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Strict enforcement will solve traffic woes

HE new Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) experiment to dedicate one lane along EDSA as high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane, where only vehicles with at least two passengers are allowed to use, could most likely worsen instead of solve the already exasperating traffic in Metro Manila.
With two lanes along EDSA already designated as yellow lanes where only buses can use, the new HOV lane will further constrict traffic for private vehicles (one passenger only) along the busiest road stretch of Metro Manila.
Remember that along this busy stretch, most part of it is only four lanes, except in some…

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May kumita sa pagpapaliban ng halalan

KAMAKAILAN ay may mga ulat na lumabas na ilang mga indibidwal at grupo ang nagiikot sa ibat-ibang bahagi ng bansa at ipinamamalita na hindi matutuloy ang nakatakdang halalan para sa Sangguniang Kabataan at mga opisyal ng barangay ngayong Mayo.

Nagpapakilala ang mga nasabing mga grupo na mga tauhan daw sila ng pamahalaan at sinasabing sa halip mag-eleksyon ay mag-a-appoint na lang si Pangulong Digong ng mga uupong bagong mga opisyal.

Ang modus nila ay sasabihin nila sa mga kandidato na kung gusto nilang makapuwesto ay kailangan nilang magbayad sa kanila para maisama ang pangalan sa listahan ng mga bagong opisyal.…

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Dapat may managot sa isyu ng Dengvaxia

LIBO-libong magulang ang nangangamba ngayon matapos pumutok ang balita hinggil sa panganib na dulot ng anti-dengue vaccine na Dengvaxia sa mga batang nabakunahan ng nasabing gamot kahit hindi pa sila nagkakaroon ng sakit na dengue.
Dangan kasi ay naobliga ang Department of Health (DOH) na suspendihin ang P3.5-billion dengue immunization program na ito matapos magbabala ang manufacturer nito na Sanofi Pasteur hinggil sa panganib na dulot ng nasabing gamot.
Partikular na sinabi ng Sanofi na malaki ang posibilidad na mas magiging malubha ang kondisyon ng isang pasyenteng nabigyan ng vaccine kung ginawa ito bago siya magkaroon ng dengue.
Base…

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