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Winning the war

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President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s bold act of naming five active and retired generals of the Philippine National Police (PNP) as “protectors” of illegal drug syndicates and trade in the country was a clear signal that he is dead serious in his Administration’s thrust of addressing the illegal drugs problem in our country.

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The war is on

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It is undeniable that the “Duterte factor” caused the surrender of thousands of illegal drug users and pushers even before President Rodrigo Duterte formally assumed office last June 30, 2016. When it became clear that the former Mayor of Davao City has been elected President of the Philippines, the state of illegal drug use and trade in the country has changed.

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Revenue sources

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The incoming Duterte Administration appears to be all set to implement a comprehensive tax reform, which will be highlighted by a reduction in the income tax rate of both individual and corporate taxpayers.

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The first batch of Grade 11 students is now in the basic education system in our country as prescribed by the K-to-12 education reform of the government. While this reform is historic because it is the first in the country, its real value cannot and should not be measured simply by being one.

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Law enforcement

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The sudden eagerness of law enforcement agencies and personnel to enforce national laws and local ordinances on drugs, crimes as well as on other peace and order matters (like curfew for minors) and the good results of the same reflect some interesting realities in our national life.

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The elimination of “queues” in government offices is one among the initial marching orders of President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte to the members of his Cabinet. This is a very doable reform in government and it can be done immediately. While the “queues” in government offices may seem less serious than the problem of corruption, solving the same will set the right tone for the “change” that we expect the incoming Duterte Administration to serve the Filipino people with Some may view the “queues” in government offices as a less serious problem but when we look at it deeply, we will have the same appreciation as what President-elect Duterte has on the matter. Obviously, he sees it as a serious concern that merits it to be included in the initial orders he gave to the members of his Cabinet.

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