Yolanda Ong

Uncle Sam, the Little Brown Brother and the Sleeping Giant

Still brown, but no longer too picayune or too fraternal, the Philippines nonetheless gave a warm welcome to the 44th president of the United States. Barack Obama made up for his no-show last October 2013, when he canceled his trip because his government was forced to shut down from partisan wrangling.



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Yolanda Ong

Napoles list, Napo-litics and 2016

But there is still a little time left, to make sure that the blacklisted lawbreakers get thwarted from perpetuating themselves. Just as the Comelec is trying to clean up the voters’ list from zombies and flying voters, they should also purge the candidates’ slate from plunderers and criminals. The law banning those found guilty of any crime from ever running for public office should be scrupulously implemented.



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Yolanda Ong

PPP against poverty

It is disturbing that while the World Bank has noted that the number of people living in extreme poverty has declined in every developing region in the world from 2005 to 2008, the Philippines’ deprivation level has remained the same.



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