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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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From victims to heroes

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Twelve days after the tragic events in President Rodrigo Duterte’s hometown and people are understandably focused on finding the perpetrators of the gruesome crime and bringing them to justice.

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United against terror

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Let me just express this at the onset: I condemn the cowardly terror attack against the good people of Davao City. An attack against Davaoeños is an attack against all Filipinos.

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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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