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January 30, 2017

The controversy on the Social Security System (SSS) pension hike highlights the predicament that many retired pensioners face: the struggle to make do with so little in exchange for paying so much. The amount of the  retirement benefits simply could not catch  up with the rising cost of living. The initial increase of P1,000 per month in pension mandated by President Duterte, albeit... Read More

January 18, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte has fulfilled another of his campaign promises when last Jan. 10, his approval of a one thousand-peso (P1,000) increase in monthly Social Security System (SSS) pension benefits for retirees was announced. This is expected to take effect early this quarter, with another P1,000 increase by 2022 in the works. This approval comes after a period of contentious debate... Read More

January 12, 2017

Among the three branches of government, the judiciary is perceived to be the least dangerous branch for it has influence neither over the sword nor the purse. The judiciary is also perceived to be the weakest. Its power is inherently passive. It cannot act unless a case has been brought to it, and even in such circumstance, certain conditions must be complied with for it to take cognizance of... Read More

January 11, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte ran his presidential campaign on the slogan “CHANGE IS COMING,” promising true and lasting change, most notably in the area of peace and order and graft and corruption. Among the other drastic changes President Duterte espoused in his campaign was the shift to a federal form of government, from our current centralized and unitary form. The President’s resolve in... Read More

January 05, 2017

“Contractualization” was one of the hot issues in the May 2016 elections. In one of the presidential debates, all the then-candidates for president, including now President Rodrigo Duterte, vowed to end contractualization. One of the presidentiables, in fact, had a political advertisement promising to end the endo. Expectedly, a lot, especially from the labor sector, were jubilant. After all... Read More