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Optimism for 2017

Traditionally, New Year is when one takes stock of himself and his situation, reorients himself, and plans his strategies towards his defined goals. He should be realistic but optimistic. Significantly, a recent survey showed over 90% of Filipinos are optimistic about 2017, during which they hope to find a firmer ground where they can build the kind of life they want.

I grew up around Allen’s illustrious family and witnessed his development from boyhood to manhood because I finished my elementary, high school, Liberal Arts and took courses at their Northern Visayas Colleges (NVC) Justice Victorino Mapa Law School. He was NVC president when he died.

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The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), in a recent report, has urged wealthy nations to make “essential payments” to developing countries where 90 percent of the world’s mangrove forests are found. Why? Because these mangrove forests can deter the further degradation of the world’s critical ecosystem. Mangroves absorb much more carbon pollutants than terrestrial forests.

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WHILE writing this column, President Rodrigo Duterte is in Japan for a state visit as part of his current diplomatic blitz. His dramatic shift to China, highlighted by his recent visit to Beijing, however, remains an interesting subject because it represents a “game-changing pivot in trade and investments.”

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Carmageddon

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The Duterte administration today hits its first 100 days but no solution is in sight yet for Metro Manila’s traffic nightmare.

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The testimonies by witnesses in the drug-related House and Senate inquiries are decidedly revolting, exasperating and embarrasing. They reflect the extent of corruption in our bureaucracy particularly in the National Penitentiary under the Department of Justice, and paint a shameful and hopeless image of our country in the world community.

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