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Why isn’t PH synonymous with innovation?

By: - ThINQ Blogger / @inquirerdotnet
/ 09:15 AM February 07, 2017

“Pinoy abilidad” is classic linear thinking and inside-the-box thinking.

Writes Atty. Joey Lina: “President Duterte has a valid point. He has the support of many Catholics, especially those who have grown tired of toothless pastoral messages that hardly anyone pays attention to nowadays.”

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This writer–who as some would know was expatriated to their company’s headquarters three decades ago–has to read more on Attorney Lina because he remembers that he was an activist, an out-of-the-box thinker.

Instead:

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“We protested against ‘fascismo’ (fascism), ‘militarismo’ (militarism) at ‘asawa mo’ (your wife, referring to the dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ profligate wife, Imelda) … Despite his years of activism however, Lina’s animosity against Imelda melted away when she attended his concert and praise him for his talent. ‘Ngayon, kaibigan ko na siya (Now she’s my friend),’ Lina admits with a smile, proving that the adage ‘music gets people together’ is true. ‘In fact, we had dinner a few weeks ago.’” [Dreaming the Impossible Dream in an evening with Joey Lina]

All’s well that ends well.

Yet, if Juan de la Cruz is to lift himself up from poverty, he has to learn how to think outside the box. With due respect to Senator Lina, what body of knowledge would support President Duterte’s war on drugs? More to the point, nations tried and failed to combat this menace and the one singular success story–and which has become the model and best practice, as far as the United Nations is concerned–is that of Portugal.

Continue reading at Philippine Economy.

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