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Nonoy Oplas
Worked at Minimal Government Thinkers, Inc.
Attended University of the Philippines, Diliman
Lives in Makati City
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BWorld 17, More on the Philippine electricity market
* This is my article in BusinessWorld Weekender last Friday. ----------- THIS is a continuation of an earlier discussion, “The
Philippine electricity market: Monopoly and competition” (Weekender, August
14). As noted in that article, Carlos Jericho L. Petil...
As noted in that article, Carlos Jericho L. Petilla had issued, before he resigned as energy secretary last June, DoE Circular No. DC2015-06-0008, “Mandating All Distribution Utilities to Undergo Competitive Selection Process (CSP) in Securing Power Supply Agreements (PSA).
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Church and State 2, Iglesia rally in Edsa
Below are my random thoughts about the  ongoing occupation of EDSA -- the busiest road in the Philippines -- by members of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) religious grooup. -------- Government, go back to your main function -- enforce the
rule of law, end mob r...
Government is often too busy with endless welfarism and populism, placating the irresponsible and opportunist sectors of society, that it becomes less efficient, there is government failure, in quick justice administration, protecting private property, protecting lives from bullies, ...
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Customs Bureaucracy 3, Balikbayan box controversy
The balikbayan box controversy stirred by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) plan to conduct random physical inspection of the boxes seem to have tapered off. The President intervened and ordered the BOC to stop its plan. It is a bit condescending for BOC head Ber...
It is a bit condescending for BOC head Bert Lina to ask the OFWs to be honest when he knows that many BOC personnel are very dishonest and corrupt. See comments below. This post from Philippines Shocking History last August 22 helped stir the controversy, especially in inviting more frank ...
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Business 360-27, FDIs in South and East Asia
* This is my article in Business 360 magazine in Kathmandu, Nepal, August 2015. --------- Foreign direct
investments in South and East Asia Foreign investments are among the key ingredients for
developing countries to hasten their growth and development. Tw...
Foreign investments are among the key ingredients for developing countries to hasten their growth and development. Two prominent proof of this are small territories, small population, but big economies Hong Kong and Singapore. They started as very poor economies in the 1950s and 60s respectively ...
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Equal people are not free and free people are not equal. Income and wealth inequality per se is not the problem, high poverty is. To force equality among the people, massive political repression will happen. 
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Inequality 27, ADR Institute forum on poverty and growth
Last Wednesday, July 12, the Albert Del Rosario (ADR) Institute held a forum on "Poverty, inequality and  inclusive growth" in Makati. I was one of three reactors to the discussion and presentation by Dr. Epictetus "Lingling" Patalinghug of the UP College o...
Last Wednesday, July 12, the Albert Del Rosario (ADR) Institute held a forum on "Poverty, inequality and inclusive growth" in Makati. I was one of three reactors to the discussion and presentation by Dr. Epictetus "Lingling" Patalinghug of the UP College of Law. The other two were Dr. Vic Paqueo ...
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Election PH 16, The Presidentiables and the Iglesia militants
Members of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) who are militant and shameless enough to create more traffic  in Edsa -- yes, they gloat, they brag that they have created more traffic in the busiest road in  the whole country -- in pursuit of their political opposit...
Members of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) who are militant and shameless enough to create more traffic in Edsa -- yes, they gloat, they brag that they have created more traffic in the busiest road in the whole country -- in pursuit of their political opposition to DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima, ...
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The circular should therefore be withdrawn. Or amended to make CSP voluntary, not mandatory. The DoE and other government agencies should instead address other problems and contributors to expensive electricity in the country. Like multiple taxes, numerous permits by the Philippine government. Requiring a firm to present up to 200 different permits would expose it to 200 different opportunities of corruption and extortion. 

Government should learn to step back from too much intervention, regulation, and taxation.
THIS is a continuation of an earlier discussion, “The Philippine electricity market: Monopoly and competition” (Weekender, August 14).
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Free Trade 51, SEANET paper on unilateral trade liberalization in the ASEAN
The South East Asia Network for Development (SEANET) published its second issue of Perspectives or policy note this year, 20 pages long. Incidentally, it was written by yours truly. Free trade has many variants like bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) or e...
The South East Asia Network for Development (SEANET) published its second issue of Perspectives or policy note this year, 20 pages long. Incidentally, it was written by yours truly. Free trade has many variants like bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) or economic partnership agreement (EPA), ...
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BWorld 16, Growth, capitalism and inequality
* This is my article yesterday in BusinessWorld Weekender . --------- Growth, capitalism
and inequality “Improving the
position of the poorest by giving them what we took from the wealthy, would
temporarily quicken the closing-up of the ranks, it would, bef...
“Improving the position of the poorest by giving them what we took from the wealthy, would temporarily quicken the closing-up of the ranks, it would, before long, slow down the movement of the whole and in the long-run hold back those in the rear. All obstacles to the rise of some are, ...
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IPR and Innovation 24, The US-China IP cooperation dialogue
Here is another instance that while there are hawkish calls for military and political confrontation between the US and China in the future, another side of reality is that there are many instances of cooperation and dialogue between the two biggest economi...
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Can UK hug socialism again?
One thing I appreciate about many European socialists is
that they are more honest. Like Jeremy Corbyn, he's not hiding his socialism
philosophy just to be popular. Not that I'm a fan of socialism. I'm for
capitalism. "Corbyn has hinted at a return to Claus...
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