Bernardo M. Villegas
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Did Rizal Really Want Independence?

            The newest book about Jose Rizal entitled "Romance and Revolution,"  written by Luis Liza and Javier de Pedro (University of Asia and the Pacific, 2010) contributes new insights into the much-discussed question of whether or not Jose Rizal wanted the Philippine Islands to be independent of  Spain.  The authors devoted a whole Annex (IV) to a close scrutiny of Rizal's "Data for my Defense" written in Fort Santiago on December 12, 1896.   As we celebrated the 115th Anniversary of this document last December 12, 2011, let me summarize here what the authors of "Romance and Revolution" opine concerning Rizal's convictions on  independence.

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       The historical trends, empirical findings, and policy updates are discussed in detail in the essays compiled in this book. The most convincing argument that supports the thesis of the book, i.e. that population growth is a poitive factor in attaining sustainable human development, is found in the foreword to the book, which is adopted from an article written by Mr. Roberto de Ocampo, former Finance Secretary of the Philippines and multi-awarded finance official in Asia. Thanks to the continuing growth of the Philippines population, Filipinos are in more than 100 countries all over the world, contributing much-needed foreign echange and purchasing power to the Philippine economy and fostering the human and spiritual development of the most diverse of peoples and cultures on this planet.

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Dr. Bernie Villegas at the Asia CEO Forum 2020

Watch Dr. Bernie Villegas tells the economic future of the nation at the Asia CEO Forum 2020!   LINK: