Opinion

Marlen V. Ronquillo

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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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Corpus Christi, Year C June 2, 2013 Gen 14:18-20/Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4/1 Cor 11:23-26/Luke 9:11b-17 One common human experience is that when you love someone you desire to remain in their company. You want to stay in their presence. When Jesus was with his disciples he enjoyed their company…

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A few weeks ago, I was in the mountain villages of Zambales talking to a group of small subsistence Aeta farmers, an indigenous people. The agriculturists from the Preda Fair Trade project were there to help them gather and weigh their wild mangos and Preda Fair Trade staff were ready…

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MOST major cities which have a central river weaving through it make full use of the transport and tourism possibilities it provides. Rivers such as the Thames in London, Seine in Paris and, more closer to home, Chao Phraya in Bangkok (which is, perhaps, the best example of a working…

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NINFA, Italy: Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: the English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden”. The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for…

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While President Benigno Aquino 3rd and the pre-sumptive new Senate President Franklin Drilon have both expressed their disagreement with recent calls for constitutional amendments to remove perceived barriers to foreign investment, there is a sense that some kind of significant political and economic reform is nevertheless not only necessary within…

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Hallelujah! The Philippines has posted a 7.8 percent growth in the first quarter of the year. The feat is described by some people as outstanding, which means that they have already stopped believing we have the ability to pull ourselves out of the economic mess we have consigned ourselves into…

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Under the 1987 Philippine Constitution, President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Cojuangco Aquino 3rd is given the authority to control the government in general. The fact, however, is that some other entity is doing it. That is the problem. The law 1. The fundamental law provides that: “The President shall have…