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THERE is a rising optimism among Filipinos in their views of both the quality of their own lives and the quality of the national economy as a whole.

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BY now, the nation must know the importance this administration attaches to the small people, poor people, in the way it proposes to solve problems, in the way it draws up project plans, in the way President Duterte is out to govern this country in the next six years.

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JUST when our prospects for peaceful relations in the South China Sea appeared to be at their lowest, sage advice has come from United States Secretary of State John Kerry.

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THE last administration used to say that the Philippine agriculture has bright prospects in ASEAN economic integration, specifically with its corn production to meet the needs of the region’s livestock industry. Corn is the Philippines’ champion crop in the ASEAN integration scheme, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said, and the Philippines expects to export 50 percent of its corn production to other ASEAN nations.

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OF the many issues ruled upon by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, two are of utmost importance to the Philippines – our oil exploration at Recto Bank and fishing by Zambales fishermen at Scarborough Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc.

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For peace and order and national security, he declared a unilateral ceasefire with the New People’s Army which has been in rebellion for decades. He said he will also seek to correct a historic injustice against the Moro people; thus he was for giving them the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) without the contentious constitutional and legal issues.

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