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The stand of Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III against increasing the Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate from the current 12 percent to 14 percent is admirable not only because it is pro-consumers but also because it reflects the kind of government that we have now.

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The House of Representatives Secretariat was led by a truly a patriotic leader and exemplary public manager from February 2008 to July 2016. Atty. Marilyn B. Barua Yap, the first woman to be elected Secretary General of the House of Representatives in its more than 100 year-history is a walking, talking, and living definition of who a public manager-servant is.

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The war against the manufacture, trade and use of illegal drugs in the Philippines is not a war of the Duterte Administration. It is a war that the current Administration leads but should be every Filipino’s war.

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The thousands of illegal drug users and pushers who are “surrendering” to local authorities are more than enough proof that Filipinos know that the current Administration’s war against illegal drugs is real and that there seems to be no way to win against it.

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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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