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What a (tax) relief!

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At long last, I have been “cleared” of a P3.7 million realty tax liability which I supposedly owe Makati City. I wrote about it in a previous column.

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Years ago, when I was still OIC mayor of Muntinlupa, I initially used to take for granted the efforts of an elderly councilor who was known for religiously going to funeral wakes. Day in and night out, he would spend time visiting with the bereaved families.

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Vehicles stalled bumper-to-bumper for hours, engines running and emitting deadly fumes, frayed nerves, aggravated ulcers, abusive motorists, road rage, delayed or cancelled appointments, lost manhours.

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Ma. Regaele A. Olarte has been teaching physics (Teacher I) at the Muntinlupa National High School for the last 11 years. What make her shine are her advocacies in and out of the classroom. In school, she champions invention-driven instruction, which encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills among her students. A budding inventor, she has designed classroom equipment using readily available materials. Working with DepEd, Ms. Olarte has authored K to 12 learner’s modules and teachers’ guides for Grades 9 and 10 nationwide. She has also served as a writer for national achievements tests in Physics. Outside school, she actively participates in outreach programs of her church and works with the DENR and the Earth Day Network Philippines as focal person for their carbon footprint mitigation campaign.

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At 165 years and counting, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) – the country’s first bank – continues to notch many “firsts” in the banking and financial industry.

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Two weeks after President Rody Duterte’s inaugural SONA, his key messages continue to resonate. And they will continuously be repeated since they form the core of the President’s blueprint for change.

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