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A constitutional issue in the BBL debate

HERE shall be created autonomous regions in Muslim Mindanao and in the Cordilleras, consisting of provinces, cities, municipalities, and geographical areas sharing common and distinctive historical and cultural heritage, economic and social structures, and other relevant characteristics within the framework of this Constitution and the national sovereignty as well as territorial integrity of the Republic of the Philippines.” – Section 15, Article X of the Philippine Constitution.

Bitter pill

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The quote is from President Duterte, when he addressed the Philippine Constitution Association last Tuesday. Whether he has a sweet tooth or not, I’m afraid the tax on sugar sweetened beverages will be a bitter pill for the working class to swallow, once they’re deprived of the cheapest source of sugar, energy, and fun.

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The government is calling on Lucio Tan-owned Philippine Airlines to pay in full over P7 billion in unpaid navigational charges and other fees incurred since the previous administrations.

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The president of the Philippine Constitution Association strongly rallied behind president-elect Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte’s proposed federal form of government.

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The House Independent Bloc yesterday pushed for a financial and performance audit of the Aquino administration’s pro-poor programs to ensure that every single centavo is transparently and properly spent to alleviate the plight of the poor.

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