Juan L. Mercado
  • Painting Rice Cakes

    “You can’t dull hunger by painting rice cakes,” says an Asian proverb. That fits the new UP School of Eco ...

    “You can’t dull hunger by painting rice cakes,” says an Asian proverb. That fits the new UP School of Economics paper by Melva V Tutor: “The Impact of the Philippine  Conditional  Cash Transfer on Con ...

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  • Hawks Versus Doves

    His name doesn’t ring a bell for many here. Friends scratch their heads and mutter:.. “Kishore  – who?” K ...

    His name doesn’t ring a bell for many here. Friends scratch their heads and mutter:.. “Kishore  – who?” Kishore Mahbubani is  dean at National University of Singapore’ school of public policy. He serv ...

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  • Silver Bullet

    "Eradication  of poverty is not just about getting to zero", explains United Nations Development Program ...

    "Eradication  of poverty is not just about getting to zero", explains United Nations Development Program  administrator Helen Clark. "It's  also about staying there." That's the main thrust of  the 20 ...

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  • Tutorial

    “MARNURSURO TI tunggal kaaruba,” an Ilocano proverb says. “Each neighbor is a teacher.” Next-door Indones ...

    “MARNURSURO TI tunggal kaaruba,” an Ilocano proverb says. “Each neighbor is a teacher.” Next-door Indonesia provided a tutorial when 187 million voters, in 17,000 islands across three time zones, elec ...

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  • Old scam, New Suit

    Are we being set up for another in the unending series of farces that bedeviled the coconut levy and impo ...

    Are we being set up for another in the unending series of farces that bedeviled the coconut levy and impoverished millions of small farmers? Look at the April 7, 2014, draft order before President Aqu ...

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  • The Francis Effect

    It didn’t make waves as the 1986 Catholic Bishop’s Conference pastoral letter did by denouncing the 1986 ...

    It didn’t make waves as the 1986 Catholic Bishop’s Conference pastoral letter did by denouncing the 1986 snap election vote count  by the Marcos dictatorship. That helped trigger People Power One. CBC ...

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  • Perennial Issue

    “Sometimes things could be right under your nose. The only problem is your eyes are above it.”  Doesn’t t ...

    “Sometimes things could be right under your nose. The only problem is your eyes are above it.”  Doesn’t this old saw fit the turmoil for democratic space in next-door Hong Kong? Local headlines rivet ...

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  • The Deeper Stake

    Many of us are fixated by the “wheelchair syndrome” that causes those involved in the Priority Developmen ...

    Many of us are fixated by the “wheelchair syndrome” that causes those involved in the Priority Development Assistance Fund to seek hospital refuge. But Filipinos have a deeper stake in the election co ...

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  • Footsteps

    “Grow old along with me / The best is yet to be,”  Rabbi ben Ezra says in the 1850 sonnet. That is not so ...

    “Grow old along with me / The best is yet to be,”  Rabbi ben Ezra says in the 1850 sonnet. That is not so here, reveal studies presented at the “Philippine and Global Perspective on Aging” at Universi ...

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  • Ultimate Question

    “There are only two families in the world,” mused “Don Quijote” author Miguel de Cervantes. “The haves an ...

    “There are only two families in the world,” mused “Don Quijote” author Miguel de Cervantes. “The haves and the have-nots.”To be a water “have-not” is lethal. There is no substitute for water. Everyone ...

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