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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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Barely two weeks into the presidency of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, pundits, analysts, and experts have been offering assessments and criticisms left and right. Today, everyone is a political commentator.

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Coffee

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I developed my love for coffee when I was young. I would wake up early to help my mother, Nanay Curing, sell shrimps and fishes at the Divisoria market in Manila.

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I distinctly remember facing members of the media in one of the coffee shops in Starmall in Mandaluyong City to announce that I had conceded the 2010 presidential elections to the winner, President Benigno S. Aquino III.

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