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Boos and cheers are only noise

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Partisan watchers of the governance game do so much booing or cheering that they risk believing their own noise. Fortunately, however, the citizens at large—the “bosses” or ultimate judges, in a democratic society—have the sense to pay more heed to what the players are actually doing on the court, than to what the diehards are screaming from the sidelines.

Posted: December 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Ting Paterno, economist

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The late Vicente “Ting” Paterno had very many talents—mechanical engineer; business school graduate; private-sector executive; government technocrat in portfolios of investments, industry, and public works; business entrepreneur. He worked with the National Movement for Free Elections and the Bishops-Businessmen’s Conference for Human Development. He revived the Medium and Small Scale Industries Coordinated Action Program (as Masicap II, independent of the government).

Posted: November 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Growing danger of conflict?

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Within Southeast Asia, the Philippines is not the country most susceptible to violent conflict—that distinction belongs to Myanmar (Burma)—but is the one where the danger of conflict has grown the most in the last year, and also grown the most in the last decade.

Posted: November 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The Democracy Index

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Democracy, like human development, is something that matters. Furthermore, democracy is not an either-or, black-or-white, but has degrees, of greater or lesser magnitude. In other words, it can be measured by an index, just as human development is measured by the Human Development Index (see “Lagging behind in Southeast Asia,” Opinion, 10/25/2014).

Posted: November 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Discontent in America

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“A fresh blast of discontent reshapes the political order” is how the multiawarded pollster Gary Langer titled his blog last Wednesday, analyzing the exit poll of his company Langer Research Associates for ABC News on the 2014 midterm elections in the United States (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/11/a-fresh-blast-of-discontent-reshapes-the-political-order/).

Posted: November 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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  • House passes bill strengthening Sandiganbayan
  • Aquino announces increase in soldiers’ subsistence allowance
  • Sports

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  • Mayweather: I’m a ‘rich coward'; Pacquiao is financially troubled
  • PBA D-League: Cafe France upends Bread Story in Battle of the Bread
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  • Lifestyle

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  • Starburst: Fireworks at 2014 UST Paskuhan, UP Lantern Parade
  • Biscuit brand now in PH
  • Casa Artusi’s Salsiccia Coll’uva (sausage with grapes)
  • Dining and chatting with a world-class Filipino painter
  • Entertainment

  • US rapper Bobby Shmurda faces gun, drug charges
  • Rakrakan tickets still available
  • 1D pop-up store opens in PH
  • Baby girl ‘perfect gift’ for Ara Mina
  • Ara Mina grateful for safe birth of baby girl
  • Business

  • Asian markets gain as Fed promises patience
  • DoTC wants MRT arbitration case to proceed, eyes equity value buyout
  • EU cuts tariffs on key PH exports to zero
  • ‘Missing’ boat loaded with smuggled rice spotted off Sulu, says BOC collector
  • Local stocks go on roller coaster ride before PSEi regains 7,000
  • Technology

  • Parents warned: Beware of Internet code words for cyber-porn
  • Viral Facebook post helps abandoned child reunite with relatives
  • Vhong Navarro ‘most searched’ in Google PH for 2014
  • People are living longer—study
  • New setback for efforts to cure HIV infection
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, December 18, 2014
  • Uninhibited
  • The Grand New Bilibid Hotel
  • What is Christmas, really?
  • DepEd to boost IP education
  • Global Nation

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  • US Navy men in Tubbataha Reef case punished; compensation coming – Goldberg
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