MARLEN V. RONQUILLO

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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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The murmurs from below – at the Baseco compound, at the hamlets of rural poverty, at those isolated townships with 70 percent plus poverty levels – usher in the beginning of discontent with a sitting president. Poor Filipinos are a patient lot. But once a leader is perceived as isolated,…

Marlen V. Ronquillo

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THE route rationalization plan announced by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) at a low-key event on June 19, if you just took time to read the whole thing, is the most decisive step taken by the DU30 government to manage the annoying urban traffic crisis. Of course, being a route…

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Veterans of the peasant movement cannot but help notice the identical numbers in two of the major laws that dedicate—and dedicate in a big way—funds for the uplift of the small farmers. The first is Presidential Decree 717, the Marcos-era edict that, in theory, was the first major overhaul of…

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