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The devastating earthquake in Bohol last Tuesday is a stark reminder of how vulnerable our communities still are to the different hazards present in the country. The humanitarian situation is dire and many people are appealing for help and assistance in Central Visayas. They would badly need food and water…

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The U.S. government is paralyzed, and we now face the possibility that the United States will default on its debt. Congress is unable to resolve the issue, and President Obama is as obstinate as the legislators who oppose him. To some extent, our political system is functioning as intended—the Founding…

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Things have turned for the worse for President BS Aquino. His public satisfaction rating is down 15 percentage points in just three months, between June and September this year. Fifteen points is equivalent to 15 million Filipinos—assuming a base population of 100 million people. The global economy has turned for…

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The spin is clear, and for once the PNoy government and its allies are right. All of this is legal. Right now, as I write this on Tuesday morning, Senate President Franklin Drilon is on television. “What crime did we commit?” he asks with regards the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).…

Alice Bustos-Orosa

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From blogs to vlogs, the online world has given youngsters a voice that most adults never had decades ago. Whether it’s a boon or bane, we’ll probably never succeed in judging how technology has changed how we all live. In the early ‘90s, I distinctly remember sending my emails using…

Marlen V. Ronquillo

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A NEW book, Democracy and Political Ignorance from the Stanford University Press, is now a must-read for the policy/ government types in the US. Its main theme is this: Americans are mostly ignorant of politics and government. That ignorance does not give them the discernment-cum-wisdom to make the right political…