EDITORIAL

Members of Congress Need to Spend More Time on Capitol Hill


When Paul Ryan became House Speaker a few weeks ago, he made it clear that he has no intention of spending too much time in Washington. His wife and children are in Wisconsin, he pointed out, and he plans to commute, as he’s done since he got elected to Congress. “I just work here,” he told CNN, “I don’t live here.” Continue reading

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What Do We Mean By “Representative Government”?


With a presidential election year fast approaching, we’re in for a lot of public talk about the state of American democracy. Much of that discussion will be insightful and thought-provoking, but there’s a good chance you’ll also find a lot of it vague and hard to pin down. Continue reading

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On Voting … And Not

By Lee H. Hamilton

The campaigning for next year’s elections is starting to draw more attention, and with it comes a focus on voters and their mood. Which is all well and good, but it leaves out of the equation one large bloc of citizens: people who are eligible to vote, but don’t. Continue reading

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Where the Presidency Is Headed


By Lee H. Hamilton

Before the ins and outs of the 2016 presidential contest become a preoccupation for many of us, it seems a good time to step back and look at the office of the presidency for which so many candidates are vying. The presidency inherited by whoever wins next November will be substantially changed from the position his or her predecessors occupied a few decades ago. Continue reading

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We Need Both Insiders and Outsiders in Congress


Members of Congress get categorized in all sorts of ways. They’re liberal or conservative; Republican or Democrat; interested in domestic affairs or specialists in foreign policy. Continue reading

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Uphold press freedom


Time for Aquino to show political will

Early this month of May, the Philippines and the world marked World Press Freedom Day. The celebration was highlighted by calls for the global observance of press freedom and the protection of members of the press. Continue reading

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Criminals in robes?


Soldier-turned mutineer and now senator, Antonio Trillanes IV has shocked the Philippine justice system with a claim that Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family had paid three Associate Justices of the Court of Appeals several millions of pesos (some reports state P25 million to each justice) for the issuance of the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO). Continue reading

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Arroyo case finds hope


There’s hope that former President and now Pampanga Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo maybe released on bail or placed under house arrest. Cited as reasons in her favor are her poor health and the reported weak case of plunder in connection with the use of intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). Continue reading

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Pacquiao-Mayweather super fight


After several years of failed negotiations, the much-awaited megabout and WBO-WBC featherweight unification title fight between world boxing icons Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will finally push through at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 2. Many boxing fans eagerly await what is dubbed the fight of the century and the richest bout in boxing history. Continue reading

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PHL welcomes Pope Francis


By the time this issue goes off the press, Pope Francis, the leader of the more than 1 billion Roman Catholics, shall have landed in the Philippines for his visit in the predominantly Catholic country and becomes the third Pontiff to land in Manila. Continue reading

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