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Furtive measure to take away national patrimony * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective Commentary 

Furtive measure to take away national patrimony

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective While the public’s attention is being directed toward the debate over the constitutionality of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, the House of Representatives has been fast-tracking a resolution to remove or render inutile provisions in the 1987 Constitution that protect national patrimony. In an Interaksyon.com article dated May 27, 2015 written by Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, it was reported that the House of Representatives has approved on second reading Resolution of Both Houses No. 1 (Proposing Amendments to Certain Economic Provisions of the 1987 Constitution of the…

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Foreign investments: Why change the Charter? * Latest Posts At Ground Level Commentary 

Foreign investments: Why change the Charter?

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star In terms of growth in foreign direct investment inflows among the six “major” economies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Philippines was on top in 2013, scoring a 24% increase. That’s the good news. However, there’s the downside. Our country was at the tailend of the six nations in terms of the amount of FDI received, netting only $3.9 billion. In amount (US dollars) and growth rate, here’s the FDI scorecard: Singapore, $63.77B (5% growth rate); Indonesia,…

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Makabayan bloc protests railroading of charter amendments * Latest Posts Politics & Governance Top Stories 

Makabayan bloc protests railroading of charter amendments

“If we lift the current restrictions, local enterprises and businesses would suffer due to the unrestrained dominance of foreign investors. Lifting the economic limits would also open the floodgates for further exploitation of our country’s scarce natural resources, including forests and mineral reserves.” – Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon

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Upending economic sovereignty thru Cha-cha * Latest Posts Commentary Contributions Streetwise 

Upending economic sovereignty thru Cha-cha

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld In the run-up to the Manila visit of US President Barack Obama, mass media attention has been riveted towards the cat-and-mouse game of Philippine and Chinese naval forces near the Ayungin Shoal and the high-profile declarations of support by the US for its defense treaty allies, Japan and the Philippines, in light of their territorial and maritime disputes with China. In the meantime, a far more imminent and dangerous threat to national sovereignty and territorial integrity called the RP-US Increased Defense Cooperation Agreement (purportedly…

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