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Homes for heroes

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WHAT do you call a mother who, through no choice of her own, leaves her family in the Philippines in order to earn a living abroad taking care of other people?

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WE often use the terms businessman and entrepreneur interchangeably. I have been referred to sometimes as a businessman and at other times an entrepreneur. So, what is the difference between a businessman and an entrepreneur?

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God’s house

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As a young entrepreneur, my ambition was straightforward – to build the most houses in the Philippines. After my first real estate venture – which began in 1975 after I resigned from my job and armed with a capital of P10,000 – yielded success, I told myself, “God probably meant me to build houses for others.”

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Congratulations to Congress and the executive branch for the passage of the law providing free education in all state universities and colleges (SUCs). While lawmakers still need to scour the national budget to fund this law, there is no doubt that it would have a tremendous impact on the future of our country.

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I spent more than two decades as a legislator. In the years I spent at the Senate and the House of Representatives, I have seen many laws debated and enacted. There were laws that were very technical and complicated like the E-VAT law and the Anti-Money Laundering Law. But there were also laws that were so simple and its impact to society so significant.

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte ignited a controversial but very important historical debate during his second State of the Nation Address last July 24 before the joint session of Congress.

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