MARLEN V. RONQUILLO

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A PRESIDENT in the mold of Mr. Aquino will never sign a draft law on free college tuition. While it is the second most inspiring investment a government can do – next to a PH version of universal health care – free college tuition runs counter to the budget-balancing obsession…

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The Manila visit of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, including his brief meeting with President Duterte, was significant even with the supposed pivot to China and Russia of the DU30 administration. As they say, context is everything and Tillerson’s visit was in the context of the IS siege of…

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WHAT is the story of a nation, really, for a particular year and from the pragmatic and operative context of governance? It is the book of numbers contained in that year’s national budget, the national spending program. It is more than a book of numbers, according to jack Lew, who…

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The Rev. Thomas Robert Malthus and his essay on population growth and scarce resources ran into a particular bad luck. Right after he wrote his famous track, An Essay on the Principle of Population, there was a dramatic improvement in agricultural production methods in the West. His thesis that population…

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THE Times requires its op-ed pieces to be submitted two days before publication. So, I typed and e-mailed this piece Monday morning, with the meat and beef of the SONA – and the accompanying fashion spectacle – still to be completely processed. But to the observant eye, there was one…

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Where is the Davos crowd now that Mr. Aquino, the former president obsessed with pleasing this crowd via his cruel technocratic policies, is down and out? Where is the Makati Business Club (MBC) crowd, which Mr. Aquino obsessed to please during his six years as president, now that he is…

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THE President of a liberal democracy (which we are in theory and practice) is measured by many benchmarks but the primordial one is the leader’s ability to get Congress/parliament to pass his or her legislative agenda, which in most cases is bold and sweeping. It cannot be but bold and…

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