MARLEN V. RONQUILLO

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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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If the wheels of justice would just move swiftly and justly, Janet Napoles and her lawmaker-cohorts will  have nowhere to go but  to reclusion perpetua, absent a more stern capital punishment. It is our  national prayer that a scam that  size  would  lead to the  swift dispensation of justice—and the…

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The hottest topic in the media world is about an event that took place several thousand miles away. Jeff Bezos of Amazon acquired the iconic newspaper Washington Post from the Graham family for $250 million in a fire sale , just a few days after the unloading of the Boston…

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John McPhee’s profile of Bill Bradley’s final year with Princeton’s best-ever NCAA squad was titled A Sense of Where You Are. It was about Bradley’s amazing and many basketball gifts, including an extraordinary sense on where he should be on the court at game time. You should know your place…

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Men of a certain age are Luddites. Not by choice but by the sheer incapacity to embrace, say, the tools of modern technology. Even if they want to be techies, there are too many handicaps to be so. I am somewhat in that category, a senior citizen and a small…

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