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Internal cleansing

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It is good that Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa heeded the call of Senator Panfilo Lacson to conduct an internal cleansing of the police service. Such cleansing needs the support of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno and President Rodrigo Duterte.

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Condom in schools?

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The DoH insists that the strategy it intends to use, which includes a sex education component, is evidenced-based as studies in other countries show that even in Catholics schools where such strategy was used, students who were into pre-marital sex did not increase, teenage pregnancies decreased, and cased of sexually transmitted diseases like HIV/AIDS also decreased.

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Condom in schools?

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Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial is correct in saying that these problems should be dealt with out-of-the-box solutions and that “business-as-usual” approach does not make sense in solving these problems.

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No more 5-6?

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The Duterte Administration recently announced that it would stop to the 5-6 business in the country. It basically involves lending money with a twenty percent (20%) monthly interest and is generally identified with Indian nationals who are into such business.

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Let us see

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The recent pronouncement of Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson about the presence of “pork barrel” in the 2017 national budget is alarming particularly because the Supreme Court has already ruled against such system.

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The P3 difference

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In addressing the issue of loan repayment, the government may consider the option of providing some sort of interest rebate for timely payment of loan amortization or guarantee for access to higher credit. From a business point-of-view, this will mean higher bottom line for MSMEs and a significant encouragement to repay the loan on time and in full. After all, the government is obviously implementing this program not to earn from loan interests but to serve those in the MSME sector and boost our country’s economic growth.

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