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IN a move that could not have possibly been worse in its timing, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) last week approved a P0.0733 per kilowatt-hour increase in the Feed-In Tariff Allowance (FIT-All) for renewable energy development. Coming as it does amid public grumbling over rising prices of basic goods, warnings…

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READER Victorino Villa wrote from Cebu to comment on what I had written about former chief justice Hilario Davide (“Chief Justices with no judicial experience; senators who took DAP money,” The Manila…

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WHEN gasoline prices rise, everybody takes a hit. And by everybody, I mean every consumer everywhere in this mostly deregulated, unsubsidized world.
The only difference in the Philippines these days is that rising oil prices, like almost anything that can be weaponized…

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SIXTO Brillantes Jr. has opened a Pandora’s box with his comments posted in Facebook, that could further taint the already shady reputation of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) of which he was a former chairman. Brillantes has claimed that the minimum shading threshold that was used by the Comelec in…

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Part 3 ARCHITECTURE is a noble profession, but more often than not, it is underrated in our part of the world. The following are some of the most inspiring quotations in architecture that I started collecting since I was a first-year architecture student in 1967. “Architecture has its political use;…

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I AM not an economist but have learned that there are several causes of high gas prices. Not only gas prices but everything we buy. The law of supply and demand normally applies. For example, US oil producers increased the supply in 2014. Gas prices fell to their lowest levels…

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THE narrative of conflict is everywhere. In The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins asserted that we are genetically predisposed to conflict; that we are not biologically inclined to be cooperative. Cooperation is nurture; so “let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish,” he argued. In literature,…

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THE Philippines sent one student to the Harvard Business School Class of 2018. It’s getting four graduates back in return. Two HBS graduates will be joining management consulting firms. Another is joining a fintech startup. And the fourth and her husband will be taking on positions with domestic businesses. Many…

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