Should we amend the Constitution?

Peter Wallace 03/15/2018

Amending the 1987 Constitution is the most important and most contentious change this country will face under President Duterte. It needs to be done with the utmost care. The Constitution is reactionary in that it was developed…

Don’t be a Luddite

Peter Wallace 03/08/2018

Those who oppose a national ID system need to join the modern world. We are past the point where personal privacy was a given. Just look at Facebook, where people are disclosing intimacies they’d never have thought…

Back again

Peter Wallace 11/09/2017

I’ve been in sick bay in the past couple of weeks, so that may be why there was a bit of a focus on social issues. Memories of 20 years of epilepsy triggered the conversation on marijuana.…

It can be done in 2 weeks

Peter Wallace 05/18/2017

Last week I recommended splitting the DENR into two departments: one on Environment and the other on Natural Resources. You can’t find one person who is, first, a strict environmentalist, and, second, a supporter of responsible extraction…

Will they be done?

Peter Wallace 11/24/2016

In June, President Duterte and his chosen Cabinet members met with the business community to discuss the economic plans of the new government (“340 heads are better than one,” Opinion, 6/30/16). It was very successful—or will be,…

Pragmatism wins

Peter Wallace 11/17/2016

The Inquirer editorial on Nov. 4 said, in discussing the return of Filipino fishermen to Panatag Shoal: “The problem … is that it is contingent on Chinese goodwill, it is at the mercy of Chinese whim, rather…

Get business on board

Peter Wallace 10/20/2016

There are four things President Duterte can do right now that will convince the business community of his seriousness in supporting business and ensuring it can develop unhampered. I have increasingly heard business concerns, particularly in the…

These can be done

Peter Wallace 09/22/2016

Here are some of the things I think we’d all like to see done real soon, like this year. It will need President Duterte’s determination to force bureaucrats to perform and Congress to act with dispatch. If…

Duterte’s Sona: finally beyond promises

Peter Wallace 07/28/2016

In a well-crafted State of the Nation Address (Sona), President Duterte laid out his action agenda — not grandiose plans that never get done and not promises that are not kept, but a list of things to…

Tuburan watched for ‘typhoid’

Michelle Joy L. Padayhag, Peter Wallace 03/08/2014

Health authorities are monitoring  at least 19 cases of suspected typhoid fever  in one barangay of Tuburan town, midwestern Cebu. The same town suffered an outbreak of typhoid related to unsanitary water sources that affected over a…

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