MARLEN V. RONQUILLO

Marlen V. Ronquillo

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Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was to the point when he said that “Turkey is the talk of the world.” Erdogan’s point of reference was his country’s impressive growth (he tripled the size of the economy since taking power in 2003) and its lofty place within the OECD countries. The…

Marlen V. Ronquillo

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Poverty and illiteracy remain deep widespread. The high level of unemployment and underemployment may soon turn into a full-blown humanitarian crisis. In the barrios, poverty is the driving force behind killing and stealing sprees, which a strained, undermanned and oftentimes lethargic police force cannot rein in. My sector, the peasantry,…

Marlen V. Ronquillo

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The three main LGUs covered by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA)— Bataan, Zambales and Olongapo City—have to be studied in-depth by those looking at anti-dynasty politics. This is an imperative. Because these three contiguous political territories with interlocked economies had very divergent takes on political dynasties . “Divergent takes…

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Days after the start of the 2013 senate campaign, The Manila Times wrote a piece titled “No chamber for old men.” The headline was ripped off from the title of a Cormac McCarthy book. What the column essentially said were these: • This election cycle would be extremely brutal to…

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Now, this question can be answered. What was the vilest and most cynical campaign launched to defeat a candidate in the May 13 elections? Easy. It was the vast clerico-elitist conspiracy of the anti-Apeco groups to defeat Sonny Angara. In a perfect world that could not take place. The APECO, a freeport located…

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