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TRAIN is decidedly pro-poor

Contrary to misperceptions, proponents of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill, the government’s comprehensive tax reform package, assure the measure is “decidedly pro-poor and best balances the country’s tax system, while raising much needed revenues for public spending in infrastructure and in the people.”

FINALLY, universal access to college education is now a reality. The Senate-House bicameral committee has passed the much anticipated Universal Access to Tertiary Education Act of 2017 which may now be in Malacañang for the signature of President Duterte.

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The Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PAPI) will launch a book, “Survival Instincts of a Woman” by one of its members on Monday, May 21, 6:00 p.m. during a modest cocktail affair at Café Ole, owned by former PAPI president Louie Arriola, fronting the Remedios Circle in Ermita, Manila.

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Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol’s stand in favor of farmers in the rice importation issue, makes him really the right man for the right job.

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Optimism for 2017

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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.

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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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