MARLEN V. RONQUILLO

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Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago knows precisely when to thrust her dagger into the heart of decadence. It takes one with a sense of political and cultural theater to have this perfect timing , and , clearly , Senator Santiago has this in a superb way. As July 22’s SONA morphed into…

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In the hollowed-out, logged-over areas of Eastern Samar —the rural equivalent of Dickensian sorrow – the rays of hope that have broken through in these otherwise condemned communities have been made possible by one savior—congressional funding. Also known as the pork barrel and an acronym: PDAF. Or, if you believe…

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THE country’s accession to the WTO in 1995 was the worst fate ever to befall small Filipino farmers in a generation. The rosy picture which the sponsors said would take place after the accession never happened. What took place was the reverse: lost farm jobs, reduced productivity, the loss of…

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The conventional wisdom is this: the state has been coddling the poor through safety nets and social programs run amuck. Pundits and commentators who take their talking points from Social Darwinists just echo what the Social Darwinists say with passionate intensity: the government has been a “dole-out state” with over-the-top,…

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We are, truly, a Sad Sack country. While the discussions elsewhere are about planned trips to other planets and trial runs for luxury-laden, private spaceships, we are still in the RH debate , we retrogress, still arguing that the RH law is illegal, immoral and anti-life. While the resources of…

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Troubled corporations, if they are well-connected and represented by legal teams close to the powers-that-be, will have no problem sailing through the corporate rough patches. After all, what are all the connections for? Even the most outrageous of transgressions are smoothed over to pave the way to full rehabilitation. How…

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Three Liberal Party (LP) party leaders, all well-credentialed, form the party’s pool of possible presidential candidates in 2016. Ask the top party leaders who they might draft to run for president in 2016 and they will rattle off three names: DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, DOTC Secretary Joseph Abaya and Senator…

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Philippine bishops were recently caught having their “Dan Quayle” moment. Quayle was the Indiana senator and US vice president who got a royal pique at Candice Bergen’s character, a single mom raising a child, in the TV series “Murphy Brown” eons ago. Quayle was also the vice president who showed…

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“Sex fiends in some of our Middle East embassies” is a headline-grabbing news item. It is a major story and a tragic one. In the first four months of the year, the remittances of overseas Filipinos jumped by more than five percent, defying a global trend of lethargic remittances from…

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