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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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So has the “war on drugs” morphed into “war on critics of President Duterte?” It seems that the answer is No. There are no big evidence to prove this statement yet. And that is a good news. The bad news is that the “war on drugs” remains a messy and violent one and created a new uncertainty, the “war on nerves” on the people.
One of my friends, a respected economist and a fellow UP School of Economics (UPSE) alumni, has criticized some policies of President Duterte by posting her misgivings on her Facebook account.
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Tax cut 26, Excise tax on petrol products should be reduced/abolished, not increased
"People try to live within their income so they can
afford to pay taxes to a government that can't live within its income." -
Robert Half This bad tax measure has been proposed by the DOF and some legislators many years ago but never succeeded. This time, i...
This bad tax measure has been proposed by the DOF and some legislators many years ago but never succeeded. This time, it looks different as the new Duterte government is hell-bent on having this become a law within the year or next year. "The excise tax adjustment will entail, in the case of ...
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Energy 76, PEMC reply to my article on AEMO, WESM
The Philippine Electricity Market Corp. (PEMC) replied to my article in BWorld, Brownouts, coal power and electricity market , August 17, 2016, below.     Dear Editor: We are writing in reference to a column
written by Mr. Bienvenido Oplas published on 17 A...
We note the persistent claims made in your column that Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC) is exactly replicating the Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts to push for more renewable energy (RE) resources into the system. It was also averred in your column that "since PEMC continues ...
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Another reason why granting FiT to geothermal and other renewables is wrong is because energy technologies keep improving and hence, their costs keep falling. So why give an assured, guaranteed high price for technologies that evolve towards falling price through time?
Expensive electricity via government price guarantee for 20 years is wrong. Business is about risks and returns, capitalism is about corporate expansion and bankruptcy, so there is no such thing as guaranteed price nor assured profit for many years in a competitive economy. Only politics and cronyism will try to negate the nature of competition and business reward and punishment.
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Pres. Duterte and UNexit
President Duterte was on global news again yesterday, wow. And again, for the wrong reason.  UNexit. What a parochial, onion-skinned mind. "I do not want to insult you. But maybe we'll just
have to decide to separate from the United Nations," he said. "If y...
I am no fan of the UN in its climate alarmism drama and racket. But in enforcing international rule of law regarding territorial disputes, settling big differences between or among countries in a peaceful manner, I support the UN. Our membership there is useful and important for us.
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Transport Econ 17, On banning provincial buses in Edsa
Remember Isaac Newton's 3rd law of motion: For every
action, there is an equal, opposite reaction. Apply in society: For every
government intervention and prohibition, there is an equal opposite distortion. This news was reported last August 13, 2016. If go...
Because many of those probinsyanos/syanas who ride the provincial buses are car owners. They leave their cars in Pampanga, Tarlac, Bulacan, Pangasinan, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, etc. when they go to Manila because it is more convenient, more time-saving to ride the buses.
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The Philippines used 82.6 terawatt hours or 82.6 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in 2015. If all of this were generated from solar PV power plants and if the cost is the same as the US where solar price is 10 cents or P4.70 (at P47/$) per kWh more expensive than coal, then Philippine-based consumers should have paid P388B (= 82.6B kWh x P4.70/kWh extra cost) in extra cost or more expensive electricity in 2015.

If divided among the 101 million Filipinos that year, this means that each Filipino would have paid an additional P3,843 per head, on top of what they paid in electricity consumption in 2015.
Which is more realistic and beneficial for consumers in reducing energy prices: removing the VAT (value-added tax) on electricity or removing the red tape and bureaucracy that stall construction of new power plants which will increase competition among players?
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BWorld 80, Declining share of agriculture in GDP
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last August 18, 2016. A declining share of agriculture gross value added (GVA)
in GDP (gross domestic product) is often viewed negatively by many sectors
because it implies that a country is not prioritizing rural devel...
A declining share of agriculture gross value added (GVA) in GDP (gross domestic product) is often viewed negatively by many sectors because it implies that a country is not prioritizing rural development and job creation. Is this a valid observation? Let us review some agriculture data of the ...
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The “anthropogenic CC” camp is driven by a desire for more, bigger UN, and governments. They desire more government regulations, taxation or subsidy of energy, transportation, manufacturing, down to micro household lifestyle.
Last weekend, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon declared during the G20 summit in China that “climate change scepticism is over.” This statement is wrong on two counts.
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When private property rights are unprotected, society can quickly degenerate into chaos and disorder. Gangs and bullies can confiscate other people’s houses, cars, or shops, and the enterprising people will flee and escape such society and only the lazy, bullies, and opportunists will stay.
Private property and its protection is among the cornerstones of a free society. It bestows upon the individuals, households and enterprises exclusive rights what to do with their private property like a car or a piece of land -- use it, sell it, rent it out, or donate it.
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BWorld 79, Brownouts, coal power and the electricity market
* This is  m y article in BusinessWorld last August 17, 2016. Brownouts, actual and potential, have returned to some
areas of Metro Manila and surrounding provinces in the Luzon grid over the past
two weeks. This is unfortunate because electricity demand ha...
Brownouts, actual and potential, have returned to some areas of Metro Manila and surrounding provinces in the Luzon grid over the past two weeks. This is unfortunate because electricity demand has somehow declined because of the colder, rainy season and more power plants have been added to the ...
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So, is a declining share of Agriculture/GDP bad for the economy in general and rural folks in particular?
No. The cases of our more developed neighbors Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan… show that this is the trend that they exactly experienced. This means that while agriculture is growing, the industry and services sectors are growing much faster and hence the denominator, overall GDP size, is growing faster too.
A declining share of agriculture gross value added (GVA) in GDP (gross domestic product) is often viewed negatively by many sectors because it implies that a country is not prioritizing rural development and job creation. Is this a valid observation? Let us review some agriculture data of the Philippines and compare them to its neighbors in the ASEAN and then we tackle that question in the latter part of the paper (see Table 1).
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