MARLEN V. RONQUILLO

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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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Zombie ideas are those discredited ideas that refuse to die, despite their irrelevance. Their proper place is in the archives, where, ideally, researchers and scholars can mine them for whatever lessons to guide the present and the future. In the Philippine public policy sphere, zombie ideas do not die and…

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Is there an inspired program to make the super rich, richer? And fast track the whole process of shifting to the plutocracy the portion of the national wealth and income that is not yet in their possession? And wipe out in the process the fast-vanishing middle class? Then, this most…

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There are close to 200 state colleges and universities (SUCs) and colleges and universities established by the rich LGUs. The latter are known by the acronym LGUCs. Rich LGUs are now on a tertiary school—creating binge and expect the number of public tertiary institutions to top 200 in a couple…

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What they called us in Hong Kong after the Azkals football team won over the local team in a “ friendly match” was this : slave country . Indeed, we are, there is no way of burying out heads in the sand in denial. In fact , all sorts of…

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The PPP, or public private partnership, aims to use trillions of cubic meters of concrete and tons of steel to modernize the country’s fraying infrastructure—and for all intents and purposes create a 21st century network of interconnected seaports, airports, roads and the cognates. What can be more admirable than that?…

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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…

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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,…

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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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