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Initial Wish List

Initial wish list by Group 1 (7914621310)By Karl Garcia

I have a wish list of what I wish to happen in terms of policies and legislation. Some I already mentioned and will just summarize.

For legislation of course some high profile bills like FOI, Anti-Dynasty, SSS pension hike, Magna Carta For the Poor, New Criminal Code, BBL, decriminalization of libel, etc.

I also hope within the criminal code includes community service in lieu of prison time such as the one I mentioned in my previous article (link).

Here is an article about the Criminal Code. http://www.manilatimes.net/breaking_news/doj-completes-draft-amendment-new-criminal-code/

Also in the magna carta for the poor, I hope they remove the unviable portions like the costly housing programs, if not propose a funding mechanism for it. Also I hope the CCT will be institutionalized in this bill.

The BBL will hopefully be passed. With reviewing the BBL since the presumptive president supports federalism, I am sure Federalism will be discussed.

That means charter change, but before federalism, an anti dynasty law must be passed so no new local “kingdoms” will be established.

Parliamentary form might also be considered, but before we do this, we must have professional civil servants, so that in an unlikely scenario where a Prime minister gets a vote of no confidence every six months the government would not shut down.

The economic provisions of allowing foreigners to own land must be scrutinized, because of the past deals we have with China to lease vast tracts of land. http://interaksyon.com/business/11982/china-eyes-agricultural-land-lease-pacts-with-ph—envoy

And in the past Duterte mentioned leasing of islands to the Chinese. http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/01/13/1542062/duterte-lease-philippine-islands-if-elected

Thanks to Karl Garcia for this article!

Irineo B. R. Salazar, München, 16 May 2016

29 comments to Initial Wish List

  • karlgarcia

    http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/06/07/16/legislative-misses-overshadowed-pnoy-admins-performance

    on the Aquino administration, a political analyst feels the Aquino-controlled Congress had a lot of misses that overshadowed the hits in its legislative performance.
    Political scientist Julio Teehankee of De La Salle University said that on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being excellent, “I would grade the legislative performance under the Aquino administration a 3.5, given each president is given a mandate and an opportunity.”
    Teehankee noted President Aquino was given a supermajority in both houses of Congress. Aquino, in particular, had both popularity and huge social capital during his leadership.
    “Given his initial popularity and huge social capital and supermajority that the Liberal Party coalition held in both chambers, he could have done much more. He could have realized the institutionalization of his administration’s mantra of ‘kung walang corrupt walang mahirap,”’ he said.
    ”He should have addressed the important political and social reform agenda that has long been ignored, was not able to, or the previous administration was not able to implement because of lack of time or lack of interest.”
    Teehankee cited as examples the Freedom of Information Bill, Political Party Development Act and Anti-Political Dynasty Act. He said these three political reform laws could have institutionalized the good governance narrative of the Aquino administration and would have radically transformed the political structure and the power structure of country.
    He added the Bangsamoro Basic Law was another missed opportunity.
    ”If there was any president who could have sealed the bill with Bangsamoro…it could have been this president. Previous administrations have tried but this administration was so near the goal,” he said.
    ”Unfortunately, the unwise decision of pursuing terrorist Marwan clandestinely and the aftermath of that political miscalculation jeopardized what could have been a done deal which was the BBL and it gave his critics and the opposition an opportunity to erode his legacy as regards peace.”
    Aside from the bills that it failed to pass, Teehankee also recalled the bills the President vetoed.
    “He is the president that has vetoed the most compared to his predecessor. He vetoed 80 times. To be fair to the president 50-plus percent of the bills he vetoed were related to road conversion. It saved government a lot of money but the remaining 50 percent were important bills that could have helped in social reform,” he said.
    ”The controversial SSS pension is one of them. He also vetoed the Early Childhood Development Act and the Magna Carta for the Poor. The Magna Carta for the Poor… could have been his version of the social reform agenda as pursued by the Ramos administration.”
    Teehankee pointed out the Aquino-controlled legislature also had a paradox as seen in the impeachment case it pursued particularly in the case of Chief Justice Renato Corona.
    “Much of the energy and time and resources of Congress were …spent during the impeachment of the former chief justice. While it sent a strong message initially regarding the administration’s commitment to the anti-corruption drive, it also raised other questions that revealed the weakness of the current political structure and executive-legislative relations,” he said.
    He said the Corona impeachment trial revealed the “dark side of the
    of the use of presidential discretion over the release of funds” as seen in the disbursement acceleration program controversy and the use of pork barrel in order to pursue legislation.
    “Here you have the paradox of a good government pursuing good governance through use of patronage. That’s a big minus to the entire anti-corruption legacy of this administration,” he said.
    BELMONTE’S FRUSTRATIONS
    In his valedictory speech at the final plenary session of the House of Representatives, House Speaker Sonny Belmonte listed the legislative achievements of Congress under President Aquino.
    Belmonte’s frustration with the proposed BBL, however, stood out.
    “We deliberated on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which the 17th Congress and the next administration may have to address or overhaul. We stood firm and resolute on the issue, and showed the world, that there was never any doubt as to our sincerity and determination, to address the problems in Mindanao.”
    Belmonte was also frustrated with the fate of his proposal to amend the provisions of the 1987 Constitution on the economy.
    “We initiated several measures to increase investments in the country, including a proposal to amend the very restrictive provisions of the Constitution on foreign direct investments.”
    Teehankee recognizes that the Aquino administration also produced some noteworthy laws.
    ”Now the legislative performance of this administration is uneven during the first half. It managed to muster its political capital and its supermajority in both chambers of the legislature in order to challenge long-entrenched interests and lobbies. It was able to pass the controversial RH (Reproductive Health) Bill despite the strong lobby of the Catholic Church. At same time it managed to pass the Sin Tax Law which has long been under hostage by the tobacco and alcohol lobby. In that regard he managed to use wisely his capital…”
    “At the same time he managed to cement his commitment to educational reform through the passage of the K-12 law. These 3 among the 18 national laws passed under his 6 years in power are the important legislative legacies of his administration.”
    Belmonte said the 15th and 16th Congresses passed a total of 719 Republic Acts, approved 1,922 bills on third reading, adopted 1,870 resolutions and congressmen delivered 978 privilege speeches.
    “In our own humble way we have regained the credibility of Congress with our people as seen in the marked increase in trust ratings we were given, compared to past congresses. I am confident that history will show that we have conducted ourselves creditably. The 16th congress will leave behind a remarkable legacy,” he said.
    Despite its reformist stance, Teehankee believes the Aquino administration’s relationship with Congress is no different from the relationship of previous presidents with previous congresses.
    “President Aquino’s relationship with both chambers of Congress is no different from the previous presidents in which each president in post. Marcos had tried to raid other parties and form dominant parties to pursue its own legislative agenda. This is a testament to the weakness of the political party system. We’re seeing the LP reaping the consequence of not passing the political party development act,” he said.
    ”What they’ve done to the other parties is being done to them, LP being raised by PDP-Laban. Imagine, a party of 3 becoming majority of 200-plus? This kind of executive-legislative dynamics has emboldened President Aquino not to convene the LEDAC (Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council). He would just call up the Senate President or the Speaker to consult with two leaders.”
    President Ramos had the most number of LEDAC meetings – 83 meetings plus 5 special meetings. President Aquino convened LEDAC only twice, all in 2011, Teehankee said.
    Based on data gathered and analyzed by the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group, the Aquino-controlled Congresses produced 717 laws from 2010 to 2016. Thirteen bills – 1 in the 16th congress and 12 in the 15th Congress – were vetoed by the executive for different reasons.

  • karlgarcia

    On June 8th,There are rumors that they will over ride the veto regarding the 2000 peso SSS pension incease.Colminares says he needs less than 100 votes.I doubt that those who lost will show up.maybe those transferees to PDP will vote to over ride the veto.
    While they are at it,they can still pass a number of bills.

  • karlgarcia

    On June 8th,There are rumors that they will over ride the veto regarding the 2000 peso SSS pension incease.Colminares says he needs less than 100 votes.I doubt that those who lost will show up.maybe those transferees to PDP will change their mind.
    While they are at it,they can still pass a number of bills.

  • karlgarcia

    There should be more LEDACS,the Aquino government only had two.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/707950/legislative-agenda-only-2-ledac-meetings-so-far

  • karlgarcia

    Heard that professional drivers license holders should have TESDA certification.
    I agree,and that would mean they should finish High School first.

    For non pro too at least a defensive driving course.

  • karlgarcia

    http://politics.com.ph/top-7-things-expect-dpwh-sec-mark-villar/

    Top 7 things to expect from incoming DPWH Sec. Mark Villar

    Incoming Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar is asking the public to give him a chance to prove his worth amid the deluge of criticisms over his appointment.
    Villar, in an interview by Karen Davila on ANC’s “Headstart,” admitted that DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson will be a “tough act to follow” but vowed to do a “good job” in the Duterte administration.
    The son of former Sen. Manny Villar even made a number of promises from keeping his family business out of DPWH projects to prevent conflict of interest to eliminating corruption in the agency. “I’m not asking you to support me. I’m not asking you to like me. All I’m asking for is for you to give me a fair chance to do my job,” said the Las Piñas Representative.
    Check out the seven things Villar intends to do as DPWH Secretary.

    1. Vista Land will not participate in any PPP project, according to Villar.
    “Our real estate company has the right to conduct its business, but there will be no special benefits from the DPWH,” he added.

    2. Increase spending on infrastructure projects. “We have to ramp up our infrastructure spending to catch up with other countries,” Villar said.
    3. Ensure closer coordination among DPWH, DOTC and MMDA.
    ………..

  • karlgarcia

    The Department of Information Technology is welcome news.
    This is also one of my wishes.

    http://www.gov.ph/2016/05/23/republic-act-no-10844/

    ACT NO. 10844]

    AN ACT CREATING THE DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY, DEFINING ITS POWERS AND FUNCTIONS APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico

      It is welcome news. DICT should be able to improve websites of POEA, Central Bank, Pag-Ibig and other websites …. The most pathetic embarassing websites in the government is POEA and Central Bank. IT LACKS CONTENT so is NCSO.

      • My impression is that there is a big population of would-be IT professionals available among our youth just waiting to be trained and employed for just such a need. Attention, TESDA!

  • karlgarcia

    http://interaksyon.com/article/126445/pnoys-ppp-midnight-deal–multibillion-peso-prison-facility-deal-ready-for-ok-on-june-29

    MANILA – In an apparent bid to avoid being accused of signing a midnight deal in the billions, President Benigno Aquino III has revealed to the public his dilemma over a PPP project to set up a sprawling prison facility on the site of an Army camp in Nueva Ecija in order to decongest the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa City.

    In a freewheeling address before local officials in Cagayan de Oro Wednesday night, Aquino said he had just been discussing the project – one of the last, possibly, under his flagship Public-Private Partnership program – with Executive Secretary Paquio Ochoa, and learned that at the rate things are proceeding, it wold most likely reach his desk for signature on June 29.

    The problem with June 29 is that it’s the second to the last day of his term. Under the Constitution, the President steps down at noon of June 30, when his successor is sworn into office.

    Aquino – who himself had aborted in 2010 several projects approved by his predecessor, calling them midnight deals – acknowledged that the prisons facility leaves him torn between two compelling interests. On one hand, he wanted to avoid being accused of foisting a multibillion-peso midnight deal on the people, but on the other hand, Aquino said there was urgency in building such a big facility because the congestion at the New Bilibid Prisons lies at the root of the subhuman conditions and the persistent failure of authorities to check all of the inmates. This, he said, accounts for the illegal drugs and all sorts of contraband that keep turning up in the series of raids under the so-called “Oplan Galugad [Sweep]” of the Department pf Justice.

    “Kahapon ‘no, kausap ko po si Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa ‘no, pinaalala sa’kin na ‘yung plano para ilipat ‘yung National Bilibid Prison mula sa Muntinlupa dadalin ng Nueva Ecija. Tanggap na po ng komunidad doon ‘no at magiging PPP project ho ‘to dahil malaki ‘yung gastos. Ngayon, para matapos ‘yung buong proseso, baka dumating raw ‘yung panahon na pwedeng i-award ‘to. June 29. E ako po, bababa na sa pwesto, tangali ng June 30. Siyempre, magkaka-kuwestiyon ’no. Ito ba, baka sabihin midnight deal [Yesterday, I was talking to ES Ochoa and he reminded me of the plan to transfer the NBP from Muntinlupa to Nueva Ecija. The community there has accepted this PPP project. Now, to complete the process, I’ve been told it would likely be ready for awarding on June 29. But I’m stepping down at noon of June 30. That will certainly be questioned. It will be called a midnight deal].”.

    But, he added partly in Filipino, “this is the issue. They keep telling us there are too many inmates in Muntinlupa. But when we watch movies of prisons abroad, we see that inmates are kept in fine detention cells, their movements are controlled, everyone can be watched.”

    In contrast, Aquino said, “here there’s so much congestion. When you step into the prison, they behave as one community, hard to monitor because there are just too many of them and there are not enough holding facilities. And then we read the Bureau of Corrections raids them, and finds drugs, arms; there’s talk of drug syndicates operating with impunity, and their racket continues even from inside.”

    So, he added, he now asks himself whether or not he should approve the prisons project on his last day in office. “I just worry that if I don’t, what if the next administration doesn’t give it priority? Maybe I should pass on the problem of putting Muntinlupa in order. Maybe this should be the right course of action: fix the infrastructure, lay down the environment for being able to rehabilitate inmates, and properly monitor them.”

    The President fretted that “the ones who’ll succeed us might decide not to push through with the process.”

    Until the Nueva Ecija facility is set up, the President reminded local officials the problems of Bilibid will persist. “How can we help society if we leave such a big problem unsolved?” and then added: “Anim na taon ho kung titingnan — kung minsan pakiramdam ko, napakahabang panahon nito [It’s actually been six years—sometimes I think it’s been such a long time].”

    The President did not explain, however, why the PPP prisons project took this long to reach the final processing stage. His administration had been criticized frequently for the same issue: it was quick to denounce as tainted several projects begun by his predecessor, including an P18-billion dredging project in Laguna Lake for which Manila got sued by Belgium over the cancellation. And yet, critics said, his Cabinet barely moved to get things going, especially in key infrastructure in transportation and communication.

  • karlgarcia

    http://interaksyon.com/article/126445/pnoys-ppp-midnight-deal–multibillion-peso-prison-facility-deal-ready-for-ok-on-june-29

    MANILA – In an apparent bid to avoid being accused of signing a midnight deal in the billions, President Benigno Aquino III has revealed to the public his dilemma over a PPP project to set up a sprawling prison facility on the site of an Army camp in Nueva Ecija in order to decongest the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa City.

    In a freewheeling address before local officials in Cagayan de Oro Wednesday night, Aquino said he had just been discussing the project – one of the last, possibly, under his flagship Public-Private Partnership program – with Executive Secretary Paquio Ochoa, and learned that at the rate things are proceeding, it wold most likely reach his desk for signature on June 29.

    The problem with June 29 is that it’s the second to the last day of his term. Under the Constitution, the President steps down at noon of June 30, when his successor is sworn into office.

    Aquino – who himself had aborted in 2010 several projects approved by his predecessor, calling them midnight deals – acknowledged that the prisons facility leaves him torn between two compelling interests. On one hand, he wanted to avoid being accused of foisting a multibillion-peso midnight deal on the people, but on the other hand, Aquino said there was urgency in building such a big facility because the congestion at the New Bilibid Prisons lies at the root of the subhuman conditions and the persistent failure of authorities to check all of the inmates. This, he said, accounts for the illegal drugs and all sorts of contraband that keep turning up in the series of raids under the so-called “Oplan Galugad [Sweep]” of the Department pf Justice.

    “Kahapon ‘no, kausap ko po si Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa ‘no, pinaalala sa’kin na ‘yung plano para ilipat ‘yung National Bilibid Prison mula sa Muntinlupa dadalin ng Nueva Ecija. Tanggap na po ng komunidad doon ‘no at magiging PPP project ho ‘to dahil malaki ‘yung gastos. Ngayon, para matapos ‘yung buong proseso, baka dumating raw ‘yung panahon na pwedeng i-award ‘to. June 29. E ako po, bababa na sa pwesto, tangali ng June 30. Siyempre, magkaka-kuwestiyon ’no. Ito ba, baka sabihin midnight deal [Yesterday, I was talking to ES Ochoa and he reminded me of the plan to transfer the NBP from Muntinlupa to Nueva Ecija. The community there has accepted this PPP project. Now, to complete the process, I’ve been told it would likely be ready for awarding on June 29. But I’m stepping down at noon of June 30. That will certainly be questioned. It will be called a midnight deal].”.

    But, he added partly in Filipino, “this is the issue. They keep telling us there are too many inmates in Muntinlupa. But when we watch movies of prisons abroad, we see that inmates are kept in fine detention cells, their movements are controlled, everyone can be watched.”

    In contrast, Aquino said, “here there’s so much congestion. When you step into the prison, they behave as one community, hard to monitor because there are just too many of them and there are not enough holding facilities. And then we read the Bureau of Corrections raids them, and finds drugs, arms; there’s talk of drug syndicates operating with impunity, and their racket continues even from inside.”

    So, he added, he now asks himself whether or not he should approve the prisons project on his last day in office. “I just worry that if I don’t, what if the next administration doesn’t give it priority? Maybe I should pass on the problem of putting Muntinlupa in order. Maybe this should be the right course of action: fix the infrastructure, lay down the environment for being able to rehabilitate inmates, and properly monitor them.”

    The President fretted that “the ones who’ll succeed us might decide not to push through with the process.”

    Until the Nueva Ecija facility is set up, the President reminded local officials the problems of Bilibid will persist. “How can we help society if we leave such a big problem unsolved?” and then added: “Anim na taon ho kung titingnan — kung minsan pakiramdam ko, napakahabang panahon nito [It’s actually been six years—sometimes I think it’s been such a long time].”

    The President did not explain, however, why the PPP prisons project took this long to reach the final processing stage. His administration had been criticized frequently for the same issue: it was quick to denounce as tainted several projects begun by his predecessor, including an P18-billion dredging project in Laguna Lake for which Manila got sued by Belgium over the cancellation. And yet, critics said, his Cabinet barely moved to get things going, especially in key infrastructure in transportation and communication.

  • http://www.eccp.com/articles-page.php?category=23&article_id=1835#details

    Lifting the bank secrecy law is one of the tax measures that should be implemented by the incoming administration in order to improve tax collections and shore up revenues, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In the Tax Management Association of the Philippines (TMAP) tax policy survey answered by Duterte ahead of the May 9 elections, he supported the lifting of the bank secrecy law consistent with international standards to enable revenue authorities to combat tax evasion. Last year, President Aquino turned down the DOF’s comprehensive tax reform proposal as he was cold to moves aimed at reducing income taxes…

    The 34-member countries of the Overseas Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have joined the chorus for the Philippines to remove statutory restrictions on foreign direct investments in the Constitution and address under-investments in the country by both domestic and foreign businesses. This was the main contention of the OECD in its first Investment Policy Review for the Philippines.

    President Aquino on Monday on May 23, 2016 signed into law Republic Act 10844, An Act Creating the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). The new law abolishes several agencies and transfer them to the newly created DICT, and renames the present DOTC as simply the Department of Transportation. Agencies to be transferred to the DICT are; Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO); National Computer Center (NCC); National Computer Institute (NCI); Telecommunications Office (TELOF); National Telecommunications Training Institute (NTTI); and, all operating units of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) with functions and responsibilities dealing with communications…

    A South Korean firm is investing roughly $1 million in another tourism-related project within the Clark Freeport in Pampanga. According to Eliseo B. Santiago, chair and concurrent president of state-run Clark Development Corp., CDC had signed with Punta LWA Properties Corp., an agreement to establish tourism facilities in Clark, including a hotel. According to the CDC statement, Punta LWA will develop the 4,443.23-square meter former site of Mimosa Mart area along C.M. Recto Highway to operate a hotel and villas, with amenities such as a restaurant, coffee shop and wellness center. The Korean firm is set to develop and operate the facilities for 25 years.

    Firms bidding for the P122.8-billion Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike project are being given more time to prepare their offers with the deadline for bid submission again moved to a later date. Through the project, the high standard highway is expected to reduce the travel time from Metro Manila to Laguna from 90 to 35 minutes. It is likewise seen to pave the way for better traffic flow and prevent flooding from Taguig in Metro Manila to Los Baños, Laguna. According to Rogelio Singson, Public Works Secretary, the new bid submission date for the project is on March 28.

  • Mariano Renato Pacifico

    University of the Philippines Graduate Supreme Leader Joma Sison met with Presumptive Extremist President Rodrigo Duterte.

    Democratic People’s Republic of Philippine Islands were just fine without Supreme Leader Joma Sison in exile, now, Presumptive Extremist President Rodrigo Duterte revived Communism by ordering Peace Talks with the Supreme Leader when Asian-Pacific Islander Filipinos never had war with Communism.

    As the world knows, Communism is a total failure. As the Filipinos know, Supreme Leader Joma Sison never vacillate nor acquiescence on his believe that Communism is the only way.

    Since the Supreme Leader got used to luxury in Amsterdam, The Supreme Leader will surely squander Philippine Island resources or whatever is left of it.

    • karlgarcia

      There was an arm struggle,there were skirmishes with the police and Military,it may not be an all out war,but it is still needs a call for a permanent cease fire, not only with communists,but with all the armed rebels.

  • Mariano Renato Pacifico

    My personal wish list:
    1. Give Mar Roxas a cabinet position
    2. Give Leni a cabinet position
    3. So is Santiago
    4. So is Poe? Could she be divisive?
    5. Retain deLima
    6. Make public the Short list for Supreme Court so they can be vetted early by bloggers
    7. Yes, of course, Karl’s National ID
    8. Irineo’s strengthening of government websites
    9. Statistics of everything from Miss Philippines race-content to condominiums and hotel occupancy rates
    10. Temporary housing and shelter for homeless people
    11. Senate should stop investigations
    12. give the investigations to the experts, N.B.I.
    13. open Philippine Press to foreign media outfit
    14. free contraceptives … to heck with the church !!!
    15. tax church’s remittances to the Vatican
    16. stop buying bapor-de-guerra against China if it cannot be used against them
    17. stop buying jetplanes against China if it cannot be used against them
    18. money saved on bapor-de-guerra and jetplanes shall be used to increase Department of Education budget
    19. double teachers salary
    20. death penalty
    21. fast track investigation of senate malfeasance
    22. allow foreigners to blog during election
    23. teach in-depth Philippine history to students from elementary to college
    24. sing the national anthem before classes begin …
    25. ticket those people who do not stop and stand for national anthem
    26. All beauty contestants must generally look like Filipinos not looking like foreigners
    27. english should not be the criteria for beauty contestants
    28. outlaw campaign posters during election (this is worse than tagging and vandals)
    29. filipinos who gave up their citizenship should not be allowed to vote may they be dual or singular citizenship
    30. police, government offices, students should be allowed to wear shorts and airy decent cool fabrics
    31. outlaw long sleeves! for pete’s sake this is hot humid country filipinos should be practical.
    32. squatters should be evicted pronto !!! squatting is landgrabbing … land grabbing is stealing ….
    33. vacant lands should be planted with fruit producing trees … all lands … like what Marcos did before
    34. Give UCPB and San Miguel back to the coco farmers …
    35. create a commission of SALN and all SALN should be audited so it will not be used as legalized blackmail
    36. national registry of land titles so SALN audit can be easier
    37. national driver’s license along with computerized national ID system
    38. permanent social security numbers for life like in the U.S.
    39. Maintain Benigno Aquino’s economic agenda because it is working
    40. OFWs must have their own “business-class” terminal with wifi, snacks, coffee. treat them with care and respect because they contribute 12% of the economy of the Philippines…
    41. fees at airports should be riscinded

  • From the FB page of Dean Tony La Viña (one of Poe’s advisers in the campaign but from Mindanao), some proposals which make sense:

    (1) a shift to federalism which creates states and/or regions which will have real power, and designed to defeat the tyranny of political dynasties as well as once and for all end Manila imperialism; (2) a French style parliamentary system with a President with limited powers (foreign policy, defense, dissolution of parliament, and ceremonial functions) and elected through a run-off system so majority vote is achievable ; 3) a parliamentary system that is principally party-list but with a possibility for individual preferences, bicameral but with a regionally elected and not a nationally elected senate; (4) a single, unified legal and judicial system with one Supreme Court except for the Bangsamoro, Cordilleras, and other indigenous peoples’ areas which, subject to reserved areas of law, may have their own customary legal and judicial system.

    If one overlooks the term “Manila imperialism” of course… the French system is something I already have mentioned as suitable for the Philippines BTW… run-off is something Karl has already proposed even if I now consider the Australian preferential voting system as better because voting in the Philippines is still much effort…

    • bill

      the french style system with a presiden who has actual power, has it’s problems.. especially when the parliament 7 president represent different political parties.. it has happened.. it’s called ‘cohatation’..
      check out the irish system irineo

  • karlgarcia

    I would also like a national ID,but I have my worries
    Due to the Bangladesh bank heist,the Comelec site hacking,etc,unless we perfect our cyber security,I am now warry of such a proposal.

    • Cybersecurity should be top priority anyhow. Raissa’s site down frequently has proven how urgent that can be.

      from over here: http://www.dw.com/en/germanys-domestic-intelligence-chief-accuses-russia-of-cyberwarfare/a-19256911

      On Friday Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency (BfV), said that in the past year or so, Russia had launched attacks against the German parliament, NATO members and French TV.

      “Cyberspace is a place for hybrid warfare,” Maassen said. “It opens a new space of operations for espionage and sabotage.

      “The campaigns being monitored by the BfV are generally about obtaining information, that is spying,” he said. “However, Russian secret services have also shown a readiness to carry out sabotage.”

  • Mariano Renato Pacifico

    I agree with you, Karl. COMMUNITY SERVICE PARA SA BADLUNGON SA KATILINGBAN …. like PRISON CHAIN GANG …. public flogging for unrepentants.

    Imnquirer editorial asked what economic agenda does Duterte have. My advise to Duterte, “IF AIN’T BROKE DON’T FIX IT”

    Benigno Aquino’s agenda remains the same. My advise to Duterte do not ever be fooled by Inquirer editorial. inquirer is telling Duterte that Benigno Aquino’s economic agenda is patented and copyrighted and should not be copied. INQUIRER IS SHOWING THEIR …. ahem … “BRILLIANCE”.

    … unless Liberal Party and Benigno Aquino had his economic agenda patented and copyrighted.

    If so, INQUIRER should sue Duterte for infrignemtn of patent so the world can know that INQUIRER is just bunch of kindergartners.

  • karlgarcia

    I wish this government luck and I also wish that they are sincere in their call for unity.Hopefully all the peacetalks will be done before Duterte’s term ends.The programs of past admins that are worth pursuing should be pushed.I also hope the transition team finds the right persons for the job.

    As far as legislation is concerned I forgot to add the National Land Use Bill.
    If foreigners are to own land,we must first have the land use laws established.

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