MARLEN V. RONQUILLO

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A DEMOCRACY stands for so many things but the enshrined pillars are basic and not that many. Some of these are: • A democracy has a life-long love affair with the Bill of Rights. • A democracy tolerates – is enhanced, rather – by dissent. • A democracy sees changes…

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The name of my barrio is Concepcion in Lubao, Pampanga. It is an obscure farming barrio that shares a boundary with the poblacion. And during the time of feudal Lubao, proximity was the only thing we had in common with the poblacion. The poblacion was the place of the landlords…

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THE release of a global survey is almost always a nightmare to Filipinos who love their country and still dream of a Philippines that meets the benchmarks of a performing country, a country moving up in the world. Or, one that overwhelms. The trolls won’t believe that there are Filipinos…

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Remember the euphoria generated by Mr. Duterte’s campaign theme “change is coming?” There was no literal dancing on the streets but an equivalent surge of hope and optimism was palpable after Mr. Duterte’s overwhelming win in the May 2016 presidential elections. The nation, tired and weary of Mr. Aquino’s cluelessness…

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MR. Trump has been in the business of peddling racism. Because he is predisposed to this and because he wants to please his white base. While he praises white supremacists, many of them losers who can’t even find decent jobs and pass army-entry tests, he gloats while attacking the most…

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Journalist-turned legislator Ben Evardone is looking for data to support some obscure theory about mercantilism and colonization. Did the lust of the Great Powers for conquista precisely wane at the exact period mercantilism lost its value as a driver of national trade policies? Maybe yes, maybe no. Or, somewhat related.…

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CHIEF Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno does not have the intellectual heft of Elena Kagan and the amazing life story of Sonia Sotomayor. Or the tenacity of Ruth Baden Ginsburg in deciding for the kind of law that is just, human and fair. But there is one quality she shares with…

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There are probably very few spaces at the London School of Economics and Political science (LSE) that are not shadowed by the ghost of the Fabian Society and the Webb couple. The cliché-sounding “for the betterment of society,” the grand theme upon which the LSE was founded, was the grand…

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The leadership of a political movement in a democracy hews along the dictates of hierarchy. The structure defines the leadership, even the leadership of the political opposition (such as the opposition we have now) that is at best marginal and overwhelmed by the forces of government in power. According to…

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