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President Obama’s visits to Tanzania (population: 46 million) and Senegal (13 million people) last week, together with President Aquino’s transiting to his term’s second half is a sad reminder of the messed-up, pathetic state of our foreign relations. Despite the yoking of our foreign policy to that of the US,…

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These measures include, her press release said, “establishing child care facilities in private and government offices, creating programs for imprisoned parents and their children, mandating gender sensitivity training in the workplace, providing free medical and dental assistance to indigent children, protecting schools from sex offenders, and amending the VAWC Law…

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I thought I had written enough about the shameless and stupid renaming of the University of the Philippines’ College of Business Administration after Marcos’ top technocrat Cesar Virata. But then the college’s Dean, Ben Paul Guiterrez, who spearheaded the move for the renaming, had his letter published in the internet…

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Like a car, the Philippine commercial banking system is bullet-proof. Like an appliance or even a kitchen, the local banking system is industrial-grade. And just like the economy, the Philippine banking system is resilient. Philippine banks have survived the worst of times, like the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997 and…

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SUNDAY READ I bought my first Kindle e-book reader in 2008, but after just a few months had gone tired of it, having the usual complaints about it –- the six-inch screen was too small and its black font on a grayish background dull for me, making me sleepy. More…

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Halfway thru his six-year term, President Benigno Simeon (BS) Aquino 3rd has convinced all and sundry that he truly loves the poor. He loves them so much that he has created more poor Pinoys in just three years! I consider this administration’s feat of increasing the number of poor Filipinos…

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Filipino companies and the rich don’t seem impressed by the 6.8 GDP growth rate in 2012, nor by the American rating agencies’ gushing reports that the Philippines has attained investment grade rank. Our capitalists moved $1,845 million out of the country in 2012, the biggest outflow since 2008. It was…

Marlen V. Ronquillo

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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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Two protest movements, two continents and about 6,000 miles apart, offer important lessons to President BS Aquino 3rd. These are Turkey and Brazil. In recent years, they became incredible economic success stories. Unlike the Philippines today. Yet, Turkey and Brazil are on the edge, threatened by a popular revolution that…