January 29, 2014

One of my professors in Political Science way back in college once said that the Philippines has a decided advantage in a military conflict with any country because of our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). According to him, these OFWs are akin to a “forward deployed force”, deeply embedded in about every country in the world and ready to strike upon call. Of course he meant it as a joke. Then... Read More
Mark Alvin R. Recto

January 22, 2014

“Hands-on learning” has become an essential approach in making teaching and learning process more effective. As such, most college degrees nowadays provide in their curriculum a practicum subject requiring students to undergo on-the-job training (“OJT”) or internship as a prerequisite for graduation. OJT or internship programs help not only the students, but also the schools and business... Read More

January 16, 2014

Last December,  the new trustees, officers and new members of the Shareholders' Association of the Philippines (SHAREPHIL) were inducted by Commissioner Juanita Cueto of the Securities and Exchange Commission at the Dusit Hotel. As the incoming President, I was asked to deliver my acceptance speech. SharePHIL is a new organization specifically formed for the protection of minority... Read More
Rogelio Benjamin J. Redoble

January 15, 2014

Taxes are the lifeblood of the government and so should be collected without unnecessary hindrance. On the other hand, such collection should be made in accordance with law as any arbitrariness will negate the very reason for government itself. – Justice Isagani Cruz, Commissioner of Internal Revenue v. Algue The collection of taxes is an imperious need. The actions of the BIR in recent years... Read More

January 08, 2014

Republic Act No. 8371, otherwise known as the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997 (“IPRA”), was signed into law on 29 October 1997. Hailed as landmark legislation, the Act recognizes the Indigenous Cultural Communities’/Indigenous Peoples’ (“ICCs/IPs”) rights to their ancestral domains and ancestral lands. Some of the significant provisions in the Act involve the delineation between ancestral... Read More