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The Aquino (Part II) administration already issued grim warnings of power shortages in Luzon this summer—meaning, real threats of brownouts and, of course, as the natural upshot of any shortage, increases in electricity rates.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Headlines,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

The coast is clear

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It seems that the Department of Transportation and Communications, or the DOTC, is aching to push for its version of the “winner” in the bidding for the 25-year contract for the P17.5-billion international airport terminal in Cebu.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

DOTC: Delaying antics

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Now it hits the fan, this P17.5-billion project of the Aquino (Part II) administration to build and operate a badly needed new passenger terminal at the Mactan Cebu International Airport.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

In road daylight

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A few days ago the company called Manila North Tollways Corp. launched the second segment of its P12-billion project known as the “port connector road,” linking the congested Manila port area with NLEx—yes, the North Luzon Expressway.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Rock and rule

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The Supreme Court, in a recent landmark decision, seemed to have scolded the Bureau of Internal Revenue over its practice of imposing its rules over and above international agreements such as tax treaties.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Tax me notch

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Early this year, the Aquino (Part II) administration boasted about some minor “improvement” in its tax effort, noting that revenue hit 13.4 percent of the GDP last year, versus the target of 13.5 percent.

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Right of weigh

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In 2008, the cute administration of Gloriaetta awarded a little known BOT toll road project to a company called PIDC, or Private Infrastructure Development Corp., a joint venture between the San Miguel conglomerate and the construction giant DMCI.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

History repeals itself

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Believe it or not, our favorite Meralco wants to go back in time. Frustrated by the Supreme Court in its attempt to collect an additional P6 billion from its 5.3 million customers, Meralco is asking the ever-acquiescent ERC (Energy Regulatory Commission) to cancel the trading results in the electricity spot market a few months ago.

Posted: February 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Breaktime: Power behind the flown

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Amid the current mess in the power industry, caused by the big increase in electricity rates charged by Meralco, an industry player has been praised by the Department of Energy.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Trial in error

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The “collusion” angle in the scandalous increase in Meralco rates tickled the fancy of the media. It is now the one and only good reason for the biggest ever increase in the long history of power rate increases in this country.   Even the Supreme Court seems dead serious in the case that accused some [...]

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

In good faint

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Fear grips a good part of the business sector, owing to a bill that the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is pushing for in Congress. The bill entails drastic changes in the BSP’s 20-year-old charter, ultimately giving it awesome powers.   Just take a look at a couple of provisions in the bill that can [...]

Posted: January 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Bidding aside

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Something must be terribly wrong with the way the Department of National Defense, which has an annual budget of P80 billion, conducts biddings for huge contracts under the so-called military modernization program.   In just the past two months, the DND tried and failed—twice, mind you—to bid out a P5.3-billion contract for three brand new [...]

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Columnists,Headlines | Read More »

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