Maribel Ongpin

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After my remarks on impunity last week, a friend brought to my attention a disturbing study on Impunity (via InterAksyon), showing that among 59 countries, the Philippines led in the Global Impunity Index. The simple definition of impunity, as well as the common overall perception of it, is that wrongdoers…

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I am all for observing the new administration’s moves from the new appointees to the initiatives for change for the better in the ways of governance like doing away with unnecessary red tape and dropping honorifics. But it is not possible to ignore or leave unremarked the spate of killings…

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HUNGER still stalks many of our countrymen. It is particularly destructive with our children who, because of poverty, do not get enough to eat, become vulnerable to disease and exploitation and end up unhealthy, uneducated and unhappy. Uneducated because the need to eat superimposes itself over everything, so that all…

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I AM certainly not a lawyer and much less remotely connected with the judiciary and actually have no objections or even comments on their latest judgment that ex-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has nothing to answer for in the case of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes fund transfer or allocation or re-aligning, whatever…

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FOR some reason I am in the Philippine Council of Agriculture and Fisheries, of the Department of Agriculture, the Subcommittee on Fibers. As many of us do not know, the Philippines has a wealth of natural fibers, about 29 of which have utilitarian value that can be converted into export…

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THE world after Brexit, terrorist attacks in Europe and Asia looks the same but it is not. Brexit or the vote by Britain to leave Europe has shown that there is a majority that has emerged that finds the regulations and conditions of the European Union on their everyday life…

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BREXIT, as the world knows by today, hit like a high intensity earthquake last week. The world, particularly Europe, is now assessing how to navigate the uncharted waters they find themselves in. On the face of it, it has impacted negatively on the European Union, painstakingly built up stage by…

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WHILE Europe is mesmerized by the Euro Cup football matches in France (no basketball news even in the sports pages of the papers, much less any mention on television), something is hanging over the European Union that is crucial to its future. It occupies all the political leadership because its…

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WITH the coming new administration and its set of personalities, just wondering if Davao pragmatism in clothes will trump the Manila flair for over-the-top fashion ensembles. After all, we are talking about governance. Form should follow function. Meaning, it is a simple hand-over on June 30 that should keep a…

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THE National Historical Commission of the Philippines publishes a number of books yearly on political and economic events in Philippine History. This year, they have come out with a very different but relevant book, Hidden Lives, Concealed Narratives: A History of Leprosy in the Philippines.  It is relevant because it…

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