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This is the imperative that came to my mind as we begin another school year of educating young Filipinos to become future leaders of the country.

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As I write this piece, the country is gripped in a series of events that threaten our peace and security. Our armed forces are engaged the Maute Group – a local terrorist group that pledged loyalty to ISIS, an international terrorist organization – in a deadly gun battle in the city of Marawi in Lanao del Sur.

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The power of the President to appoint certain officials in his administration is grounded on the idea that he should be given the prerogative to choose the people he trusts can implement his agenda, and that he will pick the best and the brightest to advise him on governance.

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In the first part of this column, I discussed the possibilities for our future given how technology has changed our lives immensely. I am not sure if all these will happen in the future. Predicting the future correctly is essentially hit or miss. But regardless of what the future will be like, I am pretty certain about two facts.

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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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