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Peace is coming

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I am basically an optimistic person. I see the glass half-full. Where others see problems, I see opportunities. When I was in the legislature, I always viewed public service as a chance to do something good rather than be petrified by the enormous challenges of governing.

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Hidilyn Diaz

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The last time we won a medal in the Olympics was 1996. To give us a bit of a perspective on this, Fidel V. Ramos was the president and I was in my second term as congressman of Las Piñas.

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I have always loved watching movies. I remember when I was in college, some of my classmates would go to Cubao or Quiapo to catch a movie for 60 cents. We would also eat out at our favourite cheap restaurants like Ma Mon Luk and Chopsticks House.

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Burning bridges

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I have attended many State of the Nation Addresses (SONA) in the halls of Congress. In my stint as member and Speaker of the House of Representatives, and as member and President of the Senate, I have heard presidents explain their vision for the country.

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It is still very early into his administration, of course, but President Rodrigo Roa Duterte should be very encouraged by the Pulse Asia survey showing that a whopping 91% of Filipinos trust him as their leader.

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On July 12, exactly a month after celebrating our 118th independence day, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague issued its much-anticipated ruling on the South China Sea controversy which the Philippines brought before the intergovernmental organization against China.

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