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IMF cites need for balance   between growth & stability

AT a time when so much is happening in the nation’s political life, including unexpected leadership changes in Congress, it is good to have the International Monetary Fund (IMF) finding that the country is maintaining its strong economic growth. The IMF cited the expansion of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 6.7 percent in […]

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We are not giving up  our rights in WPS

CHIEF Justice Antonio Carpio has long been critical of the Philippines’ stance on its claim to islands in the South China Sea. After President Duterte’s State-of-the-Nation Address (SoNA) last Monday, however, the chief justice came forward to welcome the President’s pronouncement that the Philippines will not waver in defending its interests in the SCS, particularly […]

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The Bangsamoro Region:  A giant step forward

AT long last, the law creating the new autonomous region of Muslim Mindanao was approved by Congress on the second day of the third regular session of the 17th Congress last Tuesday. The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) will replace the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) which had been created by the […]

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An ‘all-time high’  in tourism arrivals

THOSE who may have been worried that the closure of Boracay to tourists in April would affect Philippine tourism should be reassured by the report of the Department of Tourism (DoT) that tourist arrivals in the first half of this year have reached an “all-time high.” “From January to June, tourist visitors numbered 3,706,721, 10.4 […]

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THE nation saw and heard a different “State of the Nation” affair last Monday. As in the past, President Duterte, like all previous presidents, reported on the outstanding developments of his administration in the previous year, notably the continuing war on drugs and other crimes and the relentless drive on corruption. He now called on […]

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People’s Initiative just  to cancel the elections?

After his proposal to cancel the 2019 elections to give Congress, he said, more time to approve a new constitution around a federal form of government, former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez came up with a new proposal – revision of the Constitution to change the terms of public officials via People’s Initiative, with the ultimate goal […]

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