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They say that when you grow old, you tend to reflect more on the past, reconstructing the memories of your life. That is certainly true. But in my case, it is equally true that I often find myself thinking what the future would be like for my children and my grandchildren.

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We have a lot to learn from each other. In particular, we both have a very vibrant and transitional democracy. Here, we hope to heighten our cooperation in order to learn from the experiences of both democracies. We can also help each other in terms of regional security and development issues like terrorism, trafficking, and cybersecurity.

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More than a year ago, I became a grandfather. Few events in one’s life can rival the feeling of being a lolo. It’s right up there with the time I married the love of my life, Cynthia, and the birth of my children, Paolo, Mark, and Camille.

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This year, we are observing the 75th year of the Bataan Death March. We are remembering the 75th year of an extraordinary heroic act by Filipino soldiers. This also hits quite near to home as I trace my roots in the province of Bataan. My mother was born in the town of Orani.

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Filipinos of all political persuasions should welcome the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to approve a National Broadband Program designed to provide Internet communications access to every Filipino.

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Last February 7, 2017, the University of the Philippines conferred the first ever Gawad Oblation awards on distinguished alumni who excelled in their own fields. I was fortunate enough to be included in its first batch of awardees.

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