MARLEN V. RONQUILLO

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The national budget is the heart and soul of any government. A former budget director to both former US President Bill Clinton and incumbent President Barack Obama, Jack Lew, once described it as “the tapestry of a nation’s hopes and dreams.” Everything, from the growth targets to what sectors and…

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Robert J. Shiller, the Yale University professor who famously warned of a coming burst in housing prices in 2005, received news early this week that he was one of the three economic Nobel winners of 2013. He called his brother in Detroit to ask: “Have you heard the news?” He…

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A NEW book, Democracy and Political Ignorance from the Stanford University Press, is now a must-read for the policy/ government types in the US. Its main theme is this: Americans are mostly ignorant of politics and government. That ignorance does not give them the discernment-cum-wisdom to make the right political…

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We all know it would lead to this the probe of the pork scam being taken over by zealotry—and theater. The plunder sheets are now longer than a cheap wine list. More actors, worked up to the max, are now in the case-filing binge .Two new charges, for example, the…

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The 2008 financial meltdown in the US led  to the popularization  of  a highly-debatable, controversial   acronym—TBTF or Too Big to Fail . TBTF represented a collection of banks and other financial institutions that were  bailed out by  US taxpayers on the theory that their collapse would cause a  financial  chaos …

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After the pork barrel scam, the next big source of reportage and commentary on official indiscretion is, surprisingly, a water agency—the MWSS. The first reaction is to shrug it off and blame the two corporate entities that run the water concessions for its woes. The MWSS, the conventional thinking goes,…

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In providing the proper preface to the  multiple woes that beset  Zambales and Zamboanga City right now, I will  have to borrow from Martin Niemoller.  First, they came for the glorious dialect that no one  bothered with because, it was, well, just a dying dialect. There are two areas in…

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The academics who did their take on how the loss of the PDAF would impact on the helpless—and did it without shrillness – have pointed out this assessment: it is the poor towns with no source of capital expenditures other than the PDAF that would suffer most. These are the…

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Before the Napoles expose, two Bongs, had been preparing for a possible presidential run in 2016. Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. had exploratory teams that tried to analyze / divine on what the political terrain in 2016 would look like. Would the terrain be hospitable?…

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How le affaire Napoles has effectively put on hold the presidential dreams of two Juniors—Ramon Revilla Jr., and Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.,–is now hot discussion stuff among political junkies , the type that never tires discussing the latest in Philippine politics no matter how sordid. But we don’t need the chatter…

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