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What is wrong with technocrats?
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What is wrong with technocrats?

President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s designation of known technocrats to manage the Philippine economy raises the issue of whether continuing to rely on this particular group of experts can actually do good for the Filipino people and the country.    The rise of technocratic management of the world’s economies over the last 70 years has spawned studies...

A second chance for the Marcoses
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A second chance for the Marcoses

Interviewed on May 25 after the proclamation of the winning presidential candidate, the President-elect’s sister, Sen. Imee Marcos, described the victory as a “second chance” for her family. In ordinary circumstances, people are generally wont to give others a second chance. Why not? Everybody deserves a second chance to make amends, to do better. As...

The enduring case of De Lima, PDL
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The enduring case of De Lima, PDL

Days before the May 18 proclamation of the senators-elect, comeback kid JV Ejercito, No. 10 in the Senate’s “Magic 12,” noted a prickly point: the continuing detention of Sen. Leila de Lima on charges of taking drug money to fund her senatorial campaign in the 2016 elections. “Hopefully,” Ejercito was quoted as saying in CNN...

The irony of Philippine elections
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The irony of Philippine elections

I knew this year’s elections would be different from all the others that we’ve had, but I didn’t want to make expectations.  Elections in this country are like some exotic cultural rituals—festive and intoxicating events that teeter on the edge of total chaos.  How we find a method to the madness—and survive—is a source of...