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Issues before ASEAN ministers meeting in Manila

All throughout this week, the foreign ministers of the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam , and the Philippines – will be meeting in Manila on a host of regional and international issues.

WE welcome the very positive assessments of various international institutions on prospects for the Philippine economy this year and the next.

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The ASEAN Way in this year of PH chairmanship

THE Philippines, as chairman for 2017 of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), will launch ASEAN 2017 at the Davao SMX Convention Center today with the theme “We Are Partners for Change, Engaging the World.”

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AMONG the prospective cabinet members of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, former Gov. Manny Piñol of North Cotabato appears to have already started moving so that when the new administration takes over on June 30, the Department of Agriculture will not be wasting any time in getting its programs underway.

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THIS may well be the most significant legacy of the outgoing Aquino administration – a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of 6.9 percent for the first quarter of 2016. It was better than China’s 6.7 percent, Vietnam’s 5.5 percent, Indonesia’s 4.9 percent, and Malaysia’s 4.2 percent. The Philippines was thus the fastest growing economy in Asia in these first three months of the year.

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With just a little over a month before the end of his term on June 30, President Aquino has begun to speak out on what he has accomplished in the last six years. In an interview, he said he hopes the nation will remember that he had stayed true to his promise that he would be leaving a country that is better than when his administration started in 2010.

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