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THE country’s economy is fast growing with a higher Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rate but the growth has not trickled down to the poorest people of the country, Vice President Leni Robredo said at the Ambisyon Natin 2040 Multi-Stakeholders Summit last Tuesday.

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SENATE Minority Leader Ralph Recto has called for itemization of billions of pesos in lump-sum appropriations in the proposed National Budget for 2017. Itemization, he said, will avert the underspending that held back the operations of government in the last year of the previous Aquino administration.

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THE world saw a different face of Donald Trump when he spoke on TV about Hillary Clinton calling him to concede his victory in the United States presidential election. Gone was the angry, bombastic candidate Trump who had been free with his epithets like “Crooked Hillary.” Instead he appeared thoughtful, sympathetic, quiet.

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THE Miss Universe pageant to be held in Manila on January 20, 2017, will be a great opportunity for the Philippines to draw more visitors to the country. The Department of Tourism has announced plans to bring the beauties from around the world to various parts of the country, including Cebu, Iloilo, Legazpi, Davao, and Palawan.

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On two important issues, President Duterte seems to have amended an earlier decision after meeting with his cabinet and they gave their views and their recommendations.

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Because of the many big events that have held our attention these last few days, we have hardly noticed the changes that are beginning to take place in the streets and plazas of our towns and cities. The bright lights have been turned on in Makati’s business district as well as on Quezon City’s traditional giant Christmas tree in Cubao. The annual animated display opened this weekend at Greenhills, San Juan. More modest Christmas lanterns now light Manila’s streets. Way down in Cebu City, a Christmas tree now towers above a carousel.

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