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THERE were seven countries in the world providing free college education – Brazil, Germany, Finland, France, Norway, Slovenia, and Sweden. With the approval of the Free Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, RA 10931, last Thursday, the Philippines now joins these seven.

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All throughout this week, the foreign ministers of the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam , and the Philippines – will be meeting in Manila on a host of regional and international issues.

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TWO extra lanes have been added to Roxas Blvd. from Vito Cruz to T.M. Kalaw, visibly improving the flow of traffic in that perennially crowded route that connects Metro Manila to Cavite and Southern Luzon.

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IT has now been over a year since the start of President Duterte’s campaign against drugs. The initial reports on the campaign were about police operations that led to many arrests, surrenders, and deaths. The drug problem turned out to be so widespread that the initial three-month deadline set by the President was extended to six months and now, it looks like even six years may not be enough to root it out.

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DEADLINES are best when they are achievable. When, at the end of a period of great effort, a deadline is met, it gives one a great sense of satisfaction. Congratulations are in order and commendations may well be accorded.

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We must hope that the ongoing exchange of angry diplomatic moves between the United States and Russia will not deteriorate into something truly serious and dangerous for the world as in the past when the US and the Soviet Union threatened each other with thousands of nuclear missiles.

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