RACHEL A.G. REYES, TMT

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WE have of late been professing quite a lot of admiration for and envy of some of our Asian neighbors. Some of us have wistfully imagined what might have been had the Philippines but emulated Singapore and the authoritarian strategies of Lee Kwan Yew. Or if we had but gone…

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On February 25, 1986, at 10.45am, Corazon “Cory” Cojuangco Aquino, the widow of slain opposition leader Benigno Aquino, became the first female President of the Philippines. It was the culmination of the phenomenal People Power uprising at EDSA that brought the curtain down on the twenty-year dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.…

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Senator and vice-presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos recently claimed that the 1986 EDSA People Power revolt was “American inspired.” Speaking on ABS-CBN radio to respected broadcast journalist Karen Davila, Bongbong recalled how he was witness to several back-and-forth exchanges between his father and US Ambassador to the Philippines, Stephen Bosworth.…

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IN 1962, not long before Ferdinand Marcos was elected president, the Philippines was at the forefront of pioneering scientific research on rice that introduced high-yielding varieties to the country. Supported by several international agencies, including the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, the main goal was to increase food production. Working at…

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THERE are no queues of devout crowds. No one is kneeling and praying before her. Walk too quickly along the hall and you’ll miss her. She is in the Sculpture Room of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (The V&A). She is small and unobtrusive. She stands in a glass case,…

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HEALTH Secretary Janette Garin’s recent triumphant announcement that the Philippines had met its Millennium Development Goal to increase access to safe sources of drinking water, from 73% of the population in 1990 to 86.5% by 2015, should be a cause for celebration. The country, she claimed, was now close to…

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AFTER living in the US for 10 years, Senator and presidential candidate Grace Poe became a naturalized American citizen, a status she went on to renounce. She reacquired the Philippine citizenship that sometime earlier she had also renounced, and she made return trips from the US to the Philippines ‘at…

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MATERNAL death is a serious problem in the Philippines. Poor women especially, with limited access to reproductive health services, skilled birth attendants, and modern and safe contraceptives, are more likely to turn to dangerous methods to induce abortion and to die at childbirth from infection, hemorrhage, and other complications. On…

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ORPHANED at a young age, poor, worse still, diffident by nature and far from good looking,Jejomar ‘Jojo’ Binay was a nobody living in a tough part of Makati.But he was clever. He put himself through law school and became a visible critic of the Marcos regime by specializing in human…

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