MARLEN V. RONQUILLO

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OPEN-pit mining can be best described as this. A “tubong lugaw“ operation that involves gouging the earth for minerals. The ruined land—a place ruined for life—is deserted hurriedly after the virtual theft of the wealth of the patrimony. No life will regenerate in those ruined, mined places for a million…

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An education issue managed to get a rare, prominent break into the tight news pages of the major dailies a few days back. It was about the tough act of getting into the University of the Philippines, the country’s premier university. Some 80,000 hopefuls took the entrance exams across the…

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IF the duopoly that dominates the polling market wants to poll an issue with a 100 percent approval, there is one available—the sentiment of Filipinos on rebuilding Marawi City from the ruins. From the A to the E economic classes, from Batanes to Tawi-tawi, from the Filipinos in the deserts…

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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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