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Mission accomplished

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It is unfortunate that President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent state visits to Brunei and China have been overshadowed by media speculations on his supposed “separation” from the United States and what many call, the “pivot to China”.

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Among the many horrifying sights in our modern world is the sight of homelessness. Families and children living on the streets or under bridges; families squeezing into what passes for a house made of plywood and cartons near a canal or river, or even in the middle of a pile of garbage.

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Remembering Joker

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And last October 5, 2016, we commemorated the first year death anniversary of another dear friend, Senator Joker P. Arroyo. I cannot believe that it has been a year since we lost Joker. And I continue to miss my friend.

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Vintage Miriam

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After the death of my dear friend, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, tributes and testimonials, understandably and deservedly poured in from everyone whose lives she touched. Most of the remembrances focused on the witty one-liners she was known for, her humorous pick up lines, or the defiant and stinging remarks that she unleashed in her crusade for good government.

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I have had the honor of achieving success in the world of business and politics. And one important distinction between the two realms is the fact that while most businesses focus on particular segments of the market, government must serve all of the people.

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From user to farmer

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Addressing our most serious problems requires the cooperation of everyone. Democracy, they say, is the rule of the people. This does not only mean that we have equal rights but that we must also share in the burden of governance.

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