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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.

Incoming Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez has called on the business community to forge a coalition for change with the administration of President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte.

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Big changes are expected in government policy and operations. It was, after all, because of his promise of change that President-elect Duterte won by a big margin over the other, more traditional, presidential candidates. His campaign against crime, especially drugs, will begin immediately, if only to meet the three to six-month deadline he set for himself during the election campaign. This should be accompanied by a cleanup in police ranks as the drug problem in particular is believed to have grown to what it is today because of either police connivance or tolerance.

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President Aquino almost declared martial law in the province of Sulu in a last-ditch attempt to neutralize the notorious Abu Sayyaf group.

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Lawmakers yesterday rallied behind the proposal seeking to increase the salary of Philippine National Police uniformed personnel to a minimum of P50,000 monthly.

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The shift to federalism of our country’s presidential government system seems now almost certain under the incoming administration. The current realignment of political forces including the coalitions forged and the assumption of the leadership of both chambers of Congress by allies of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte makes this prospect almost certain.

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