MARLEN V. RONQUILLO

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SUPERTYPHOON Yolanda pummeled the Eastern Visayas in November 2013 with a level of ferocity unknown in recent history. The expected took place, the worst-case scenario that could ever happen to an unprepared, economically struggling region where the constants are underdevelopment and poverty. A poor region receiving the cruelest of breaks.…

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It is really within the power of the two chambers of Congress, the House of Reprensentatives and the Senate, to convene into a Constitutional assembly (Con-ass), to rewrite the Philippine constitution to fulfill Mr. Duterte’s main political plank – the shift from a presidential to a federal form of government.…

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FILIPINOS, by and large, respect the presidential prerogatives on executive appointments. In the case of Mr. Duterte, he should, by the operations of law and practice, get the men and women he trusts, the men and women vested—according to his judgment and benchmarks— with probity and competence. And the Commission…

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GET a map of the Visayas and Mindanao. Better yet, get a geological profile of the provinces in the two regions ravaged recently by Typhoons Urduja and Vinta. Ask the geologists from the academic community not tied up to logging and mining interests to make a realistic analysis of the…

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After the Napoles scam, there was a decision to expunge the most egregious components of the congressional pork barrel system. This meant that members of the Senate and the House of Representatives (HoR) can no longer identify pet projects to be funded, then select the contractors/suppliers for each and every…

Marlen V. Ronquillo

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Early this month, the Court of Tax Appeals dismissed the tax evasion case against Jeane Napoles, daughter of the alleged mastermind of the P10-billion scam, Janet Lim-Napoles. A few days later, a store clerk went to jail for stealing a can of corned beef worth P31.50 in hunger and in desperation.…

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THE one program of the DU30 administration that gets total, unequivocal and unqualified support is the infrastructure component aptly called “Build, Build, Build.” The country’s fraying infrastructure, indeed, justifies the program’s P3.6 trillion funding from 2018 to 2020. If there is a country that needs an urgent infra modernization program,…

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Private greed – and state coddling of that greed – is one of the reasons why basketball is the country’s most popular sport, though we are hopeless in it. Basketball requires very little space and hoop dreams can thrive anywhere. Baseball and other sports require development to be conscious of…

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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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