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Breaking through the poverty ceiling

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On the sacrifices of generations past are nations built. The Philippines is moving forward on the sacrifices of overseas Filipino workers. The diaspora in the last 45 years is the single biggest reason why the country is in the throes of becoming a tiger economy, soon able to show its people that in time they will not need to seek work in other lands.

Posted: May 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Editorials

Something new happens today—in Indonesia. Our biggest Southeast Asian neighbor will mark May 1 as Labor Day for the first time in its history. According to the Jakarta Post, some 100,000 workers are expected to take to the streets of Jakarta. But to countries like Malaysia and the Philippines, the celebration of Labor Day presents, not an exciting development, but an old, even dull, ritual.

Posted: May 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

We may never know

In the end, a perfectly rational explanation may yet turn out to be the reason for the mysterious disappearance from the skies of Malaysia Airlines MH370. One plausible theory, propounded by a veteran pilot, suggests that the plane’s cockpit suffered a sudden catastrophic fire that overwhelmed its two pilots before they could radio for help or manage an emergency landing. They managed to turn the plane leftward, however, in the direction of Langkawi, Malaysia, where there was an airstrip, but with the pilots rendered incapacitated, the plane flew on until it ran out of fuel and plunged into the sea. A cockpit fire may also account for the breakdown in the transponders and communications systems, which prevented the plane from sending any SOS before its presumed crash.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Can PH face up to the AEC challenge?

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A plethora of explanations has been advanced as to why the Philippines falls well behind the other four Asean originals (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia). These range from the protectionist policies for “infant industries,” political instability particularly in the 1980s that practically shooed Japanese FDIs (foreign direct investments) to our neighbors, weak governance and dysfunctional institutions, to poor infrastructure, rapid population growth, brain and skills drain from massive emigration, etc. While all these likely mattered one way or another, little is said about the underinvestment in education in general and in science and technology (S&T) in particular. Being a public good, education and S&T create positive externalities and, hence, tend to be privately underconsumed and undersupplied especially in terms of quality.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

No deal on Sabah issue, gov’t panel says

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The issue of Sabah was not discussed during the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, with Malaysia as referee. This was the assurance given by members of the government panel to journalists at the Kapihan sa Manila at the Diamond Hotel last Monday. The panel members at the Kapihan were chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and members Senen Bacani (a former agriculture secretary) and Yasmin Busran Lao.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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  • Laborer trying to sleep shoots coworker dead
  • Manila dads want easy access to all hospitals
  • Sports

  • Cardinals soar to their first win at expense of Stags
  • NCAA: CSB Blazers upset San Beda Red Lions
  • Byron Scott says he will be LA Lakers’ new coach
  • LeBron deep-sixes number; will be No. 23 with Cavs
  • Ortiz’s homer helps Red Sox end losing streak
  • Lifestyle

  • ‘The Home Place’ a strong debut for Carrie La Seur
  • Sona 2014: Grace Poe is netizens’ top choice for most fashionable
  • Daphne Oseña-Paez goes slow to get in shape
  • Ayurveda works–even Western science now says so
  • Weight loss experts weigh in on obesity
  • Entertainment

  • Alleged Paolo Bediones sex video filmed years ago—source
  • Kris Aquino cries during SONA
  • 9-year-old Lyca Gairanod is first “The Voice Kids” grand champion
  • Patrick Garcia, non-showbiz girlfriend engaged
  • What is the message of Kris Aquino’s eldest son for President Aquino on his Sona
  • Business

  • Gov’t back in deficit in June
  • PSEi down in thin trade
  • SMC confirms breakup talks with Tan camp
  • Asian stocks up ahead of US jobs data
  • BDO posted P11B net profit in first 6 months
  • Technology

  • Sona draws cheers, jeers, indifference from netizens
  • PH Internet slowest in Asean
  • Marketers need to be in what Filipinos can’t live without
  • Apple, Samsung lose ground in cooling tablet market
  • China deletes Web reports on blow-up giant toad
  • Opinion

  • Editorial Cartoon, July 29, 2014
  • There’s the rub
  • Still defending DAP
  • Laws long overdue
  • Tutorial
  • Global Nation

  • China announces war games starting Tuesday
  • Philippines evacuates embassy staff in war-torn Libya
  • TFC, NextDayBetter unveil joint ‘next-gen’ project
  • 4 diplomatic nightmares of Aquino
  • PH Studies courses continue at troubled City College of San Francisco
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