MARLEN V. RONQUILLO

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IN late 2015 and early 2016, the mood had soured on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Read the newspaper archives and you would get the sense that the early hopes for the BBL’s passage had been dashed. Congress had literally archived the draft BBL and no one was complaining. Former…

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The June 19 affair at Camp Aguinaldo hosted by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) got a low-key media treatment. And the print and broadcast stories had a predictable peg – the DOTr’s grand plan to modernize and upgrade the quality of passenger jeepneys. Even the minor stories before the event…

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BANGON Marawi, which is the proposed master plan to bring back Marawi to its feet from its current wreck and ruin, has good intentions. But the scope and reach, if we go by the newspaper accounts, will just have the effect of physically rehabilitating this proud and historic Muslim city.…

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There are two unbroken verities in our sad, oftentimes-broken, country. First is something we know by heart. That our democratic institutions are still weak and wobbly, standing on shaky ground. We do not have fully-functioning three branches of government that respect each other and treats each other as equals.…

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THE Napoles scam, in case you have forgotten about it, cost the taxpayers at least P10 billion. That money lined the pockets of Janet Lim Napoles and family, and about 50 lawmakers at most (the 120-count claimed by the Napoles camp is fiction). The younger Napoles daughter lived in luxury…

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We know the hope that comes with the national mantra “Build.” After that medium-term task is over and done with, the country’s fraying infrastructure will get a 21st century look and feel. Gone will be the grimy, antediluvian airports, the airports that for years have been the sources of our…

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