MARLEN V. RONQUILLO

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THE ambitious transport modernization plan that the Department of Transportation (DOTr) started a few months back was written in memo form and was quite legal and technical. But one can’t miss the reason why the DOTr came out with the memo. The problem is clear, it said. Private vehicles (cars)…

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Poor Filipinos are so used to bad leadership that, a few years after the fact, there is only a vague recollection of the trespasses committed by a particularly bad leadership. Take the case of Mr. Aquino. The extremism of Mr. Duterte has the effect of dulling the brain, addled by…

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REP. Reynaldo Umali must spend some minutes in the early morning in front of a mirror looking at himself and saying, “What a big man I am.” No, not in the physical sense. Although the TV footage makes it clear that, indeed, Mr. Umali has a frame larger than most…

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SKIP the DU30 diehards and the Duterte critics. Throw this question to the unbiased man on the street. Do the police execute the drug suspects? “Aye” will be the unanimous answer. On whether the executions are justified, the answer will be less clear. Some will always favor the executions, given…

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AN average 6.5 percent GDP growth for six years without fail will not makeDU30 a great president. Mr. Aquino, while playacting as president, easily posted a 6.2 percent growth rate. Contrary to what he wanted the public to believe – that he was a serious and hardworking president – I…

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MUKESH Ambani, Asia’s richest man with a net worth of $44.8 billion and rising, owns the tallest family house in the world, a 27-story monstrosity that is as tall as your regular office building with 60 floors. The Ambani family residence on Altamount Road, Cumbala Hill in Mumbai—many of our…

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The Great Man Theory of history simply says that great leaders with charisma, intelligence, wisdom and political skills immensely shape their country and the world through their monumental and game-changing acts and decisions. It was popular in the 19th century but from the 20th century forward, it had lost its…

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AFTER Mr. Aquino made 24/7 pitches for inclusive growth and failed miserably to dent the rich-poor divide, many had the expectation that Mr. Duterte would not use that broken record. But Mr. Duterte did, in Danang of all places, in the context of an address to CEOs of the Asia-Pacific…

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In other Supreme Courts across the democratic world, deep divisions on how to interpret the law of the land are said to have little impact on the personal relationships between and among the sitting magistrates. The War of Words does not translate into loss of civility. The US Supreme Court…

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