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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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  • Powerful Philippine Christian church celebrates 100 years
  • Israel: 12-hour Gaza cease-fire to start Saturday
  • Political prisoners to fast for 4 days until Sona
  • 2 Marinduque deaths hike ‘Glenda’ toll to 100
  • Sports

  • NBA: Lakers mum on report Scott offered coaching job
  • Pirates hold off Generals
  • Blue Eagles seek 4th victory against Bulldogs today
  • Army, Air Force dispute PSL women’s title today
  • Great Petron beach volley start for FEU
  • Lifestyle

  • Russia: McDonald’s food has ‘too many calories’
  • Ballet Manila bares 19th season line-up
  • The ‘Cast’ phenomenon continues
  • Filipina lives her design dream in New York
  • Triszh reveals her Big Apple secrets
  • Entertainment

  • Mike Tyson eyes Jamie Foxx in movie about ex-champ
  • Colin Firth, Emma Stone riff on working with Woody
  • Jason Mraz sings about the heady pleasures of romance
  • Fifty Shades of Grey sizzles with movie trailer
  • Too much ‘retroactive remorse’ dilutes ‘Dyesebel’s’ finale
  • Business

  • What should Aquino’s Sona highlight?
  • IMF lowers growth forecast for PH
  • Stocks end flat
  • GT Capital sells P12B in bonds
  • Imports shrank 9.6% to $4.8B in May on lower oil shipments
  • Technology

  • PH slowest Internet speed 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
  • Get paid for posting? Social networking’s new twist
  • Opinion

  • Editorial Cartoon, July 26, 2014
  • So’s gambit declined
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Old scam, new suit
  • On Calax and the DAP
  • Global Nation

  • Israel to help Filipinos flee Gaza Strip
  • PH Embassy offers condolences, help to family of twister victims
  • AFP awaits SC decision on Edca fate
  • Rules-based approach to sea row
  • PH moves one notch up in UN human dev’t report
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