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WE welcome the many signs of peace in the Korean Peninsula, highlighted by the agreement between North and South Korea to hold official talks – the first ones in the last two years – in Panmunjom, the truce village on the border of the two Koreas.

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Between now and January 15, the consuming public must keep close watch on prices of various goods, including sweetened beverages, milk, bread, and soap – commonly purchased items in public markets and grocery stores. While Congress has already enacted the law raising various taxes – the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, these increases should affect the market only after the old stocks have been disposed of.

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There is a system of checks and balances in our government, designed to avert excesses in the wielding of government authority.

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LAST November, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez came out with a proposed list of senatorial candidates that included presidential spokesman Harry Roque and Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson. It was rather early for any talk on elections, but the speaker’s list drew considerable interest and attention.

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It has now been more than a week since we said goodbye to the old year 2017 and welcomed the new year 2018 with the usual expressions of hope and wishes for a better world and a better life for all.

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SOMETIME today, in the streets around Casino Español in Ermita, Manila, three men on horseback clothed like ancient kings of the East will go riding forth in celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany, otherwise known as Three Kings Day.

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