MARLEN V. RONQUILLO

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A minor quibble on the Forbes list of 14 Filipino dollar billionaires. Were an in-depth study of privately held wealth undertaken, a handful of vice lords and politician-warlords would have been found wealthier than both Mr. Ongpin and Mr. Sia. Not in the league of Mr. Sy, of course, but…

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DESTABILIZERS, this we know after reading enough of their ghastly history, are not clumsy fools. They operate from some basic assumptions, primarily the popular support of the leader they want to unsettle and depose. If the leader is deeply popular, any urge to destabilize has to be put on hold.…

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PERHAPS stung by the low ranking—the better term is kulelat—that Metro Manila gets from the yearly survey of smart cities done by the prestigious Opus Dei-run business school based in Navarra, Spain, the public discussions in print media now include, thanks be to God, the strategies needed to build smart…

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The dream of Filipino farmers to produce enough rice for the country’s needs with a little buffer on the side, ended, borrowing from T. S. Eliot, “not with a bang but with a whimper.” The government has decided to end the tool that regulates the volume of imported rice, called…

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The usual political literature says the nation is deeply polarized and two factions are the major players: the pro-Duterte group and the so-called “Yellows.” Ever a doubter of easy generalizations, I tried to look for empirical evidence that the so-called “Yellows” – which means the die-hard followers of Ninoy and…

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There is one way to convict and jail Senator Leila de Lima of drug charges and make that jailing credible to most Filipinos: the presentation of a money trail. Bank accounts in yuuge (borrowing from Trump) numbers. Testimonies of bagmen (real ones, credible ones, not like the yahoos that the…

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