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'Like it is' column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer 2020



  • January 30, 2020
    A culture of health

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  • January 23, 2020
    Still one of Asia’s fastest (Part 2)

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  • January 16, 2020
    Still one of Asia’s fastest

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  • January 9, 2020
    Sue the people

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  • January 2, 2020
    Let’s not hope

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  • February 27, 2020
    The bedrock of democracy

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  • February 20, 2020
    Controlling the market

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  • February 13, 2020
    Don’t risk it

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  • February 6, 2020
    Getting UHC to work

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  • April 2, 2020
    A Nightmare (Part 1)

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                  'Like it is' column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer 2019



                  • January 31, 2019
                    Pork in a barrel

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                  • January 24, 2019
                    Are you scared or excited? (Part 2)

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                  • January 17, 2019
                    Are you scared or excited? (Part 1)

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                  • January 10, 2019
                    A top team

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                  • January 3, 2019
                    The Future (Part 2)

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                  • February 28, 2019
                    Healthcare without paper

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                  • February 21, 2019
                    Snails move faster

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                  • February 14, 2019
                    Saga of the towers

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                  • February 7, 2019
                    Don’t let your baby die

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                  • March 28, 2019
                    The lifeblood of a nation

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                  • March 21, 2019
                    You are sweet enough

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                  • March 14, 2019
                    We have stability

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                  • March 7, 2019
                    Apocalypse

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                  • April 25, 2019
                    It’s not a bomb

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                  • April 18, 2019
                    Don’t go powerless

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                  • April 11, 2019
                    The disaster that is agriculture (time to change it) (Conclusion)

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                  • April 4, 2019
                    The disaster that is agriculture (time to change it) (Part 1)

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                  • May 30, 2019
                    Education frees the people (Part 1)

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                  • May 23, 2019
                    It’s up to Congress

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                  • May 16, 2019
                    You must pay what it costs

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                  • May 9, 2019
                    Our kids’ heroes

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                  • May 2, 2019
                    No rotten eggs

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                  • July 25, 2019
                    Look after baby

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                  • July 18, 2019
                    Health for all

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                  • July 8, 2019
                    Smoking kills, vaping doesn’t

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                  • July 4, 2019
                    We know what to do

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                  • August 29, 2019
                    Embrace the world

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                  • August 8, 2019
                    Is this a turning point?

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                  • August 1, 2019
                    Tax reform now

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                  • September 26, 2019
                    A city without a toilet

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                  • September 19, 2019
                    PPP revival

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                  • September 12, 2019
                    More engineers and scientists, please

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                  • September 5, 2019
                    Hong Kong — No Manila — Maybe

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                  • October 31, 2019
                    A court in need of revolution

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                  • October 24, 2019
                    Burn it

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                  • October 17, 2019
                    It is an emergency

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                  • October 10, 2019
                    Livable cities

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                  • October 3, 2019
                    A revolution

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                  • November 21, 2019
                    Bad for business

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                  • November 14, 2019
                    Respect the mind

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                  • November 7, 2019
                    No gain without pain

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                  • December 26, 2019
                    Boxing day

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                  • December 19, 2019
                    Save lives

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                  • December 12, 2019
                    Don’t shoot the messenger

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                  • December 5, 2019
                    Pass the tax bill now

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                  'Like it is' column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer 2018



                  • January 25, 2018
                    DENGVAXIA: The facts (First of 2 parts)

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                  • January 18, 2018
                    Let’s find them

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                  • January 11, 2018
                    Sequel to “(not) coming home for christmas”

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                  • January 4, 2018
                    A stable growth in 2018 (Full Version)

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                  • February 22, 2018
                    Public Health Workers Deserve More

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                  • February 15, 2018
                    Everybody can join the TRAIN (Conclusion)

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                  • February 8, 2018
                    Everybody can join the TRAIN (Part 1)

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                  • February 1, 2018
                    DENGVAXIA: The facts (Conclusion)

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                  • March 29, 2018
                    Remove the economic restrictions

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                  • March 22, 2018
                    What sort of government?

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                  • March 15, 2018
                    Should we amend the Constitution?

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                  • March 8, 2018
                    Don’t be a luddite

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                  • March 2, 2018
                    How to build infrastructure

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                  • May 31, 2018
                    Needed: A Tough Guy

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                  • May 24, 2018
                    Keep the train rolling (Full version)

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                  • May 17, 2018
                    TRAIN 2: Let’s just get it done (Full version)

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                  • May 10, 2018
                    The time for promises is over

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                  • May 3, 2018
                    Priority emergency powers

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                  • June 28, 2018
                    75 trucks

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                  • June 21, 2018
                    Health is Wealth

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                  • June 14, 2018
                    Strictly limit NFA’s role

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                  • June 7, 2018
                    TRAIN is not to blame

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                  • July 26, 2018
                    Now there’ll be action

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                  • July 19, 2018
                    Let’s accept mental health

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                  • July 12, 2018
                    Vision to reality

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                  • July 5, 2018
                    Doldrums?

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                  • August 30, 2018
                    Why doesn’t it improve?

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                  • August 23, 2018
                    Doing something right?

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                  • August 16, 2018
                    Trabaho will reduce your taxes

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                  • August 9, 2018
                    They didn’t understand

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                  • August 2, 2018
                    Hope to reality

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                  • September 27, 2018
                    Make our better world even better

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                  • September 20, 2018
                    A balanced view

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                  • September 13, 2018
                    Can Congress act?

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                  • September 6, 2018
                    Caring for the elderly

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                  • October 25, 2018
                    The Philippines: Where It’s At— Economically

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                  • October 18, 2018
                    Bring Filipino scientists home

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                  • October 11, 2018
                    Unsung heroes

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                  • October 4, 2018
                    Teachers define our future

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                  • November 29, 2018
                    Let market forces prevail

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                  • November 22, 2018
                    Clark a new capital in the making?

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                  • November 15, 2018
                    It’s not as bad as it looks

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                  • November 8, 2018
                    The Problem is Poverty

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                  • November 1, 2018
                    The Philippines: Where It’s At – Politically

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                  • December 27, 2018
                    The Future (Part 1)

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                  • December 20, 2018
                    The cradle

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                  • December 13, 2018
                    Time to let go you’ve done your bit

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                  • December 6, 2018
                    Let’s split it

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                  'Like it is' column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer 2017



                  • January 26, 2017
                    One wins, one loses

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                  • January 19, 2017
                    Martial Law?

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                  • January 12, 2017
                    Do it all together

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                  • January 5, 2017
                    It’s the Brain

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                  • February 23, 2017
                    We can learn

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                  • February 16, 2017
                    The Philippines in an IT world

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                  • February 9, 2017
                    Who will trump Trump? (Conclusion)

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                  • February 2, 2017
                    Who will trump Trump? (Part 1)

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                  • April 27, 2017
                    More to learn

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                  • April 20, 2017
                    The next revolution (Conclusion)

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                  • April 13, 2017
                    The next revolution (First of two parts)

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                  • April 6, 2017
                    Tax Reforms now

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                  • June 29, 2017
                    An unnecessary regulation

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                  • June 22, 2017
                    Water, water everywhere

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                  • June 15, 2017
                    It’s better to work together

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                  • June 8, 2017
                    Think sensibly

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                  • June 1, 2017
                    Helping Others

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                  • July 27, 2017
                    Definitions

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                  • July 20, 2017
                    Horse and buggy or grab and uber?

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                  • July 13, 2017
                    A country’s honor

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                  • July 6, 2017
                    We need an holistic approach (1st of 2 parts)

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                  • August 31, 2017
                    One hour 40

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                  • August 24, 2017
                    Measurable goals (Conclusion)

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                  • August 17, 2017
                    Measurable goals (Part 1)

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                  • August 10, 2017
                    The only one

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                  • August 3, 2017
                    23 years and not counting

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                  • September 28, 2017
                    Taxing sweetness

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                  • September 21, 2017
                    International perception versus domestic reality (Full version)

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                  • September 14, 2017
                    Mother’s Love

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                  • September 7, 2017
                    Get in first

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                  • October 26, 2017
                    Attitude

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                  • October 19, 2017
                    You get what you pay for

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                  • October 12, 2017
                    Clogged courts and jails

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                  • October 5, 2017
                    My teacher my hero

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                  • November 30, 2017
                    Impatient about patience

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                  • November 23, 2017
                    More on tax

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                  • November 16, 2017
                    Taxes at the home stretch

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                  • November 9, 2017
                    Back again

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                  • November 2, 2017
                    It’s not only a weed

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                  • December 28, 2017
                    What I’d like to see in 2018

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                  • December 21, 2017
                    (Not) Home for Christmas

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                  • December 14, 2017
                    REVGOV: To be, or not to be (Full Version)

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                  • December 7, 2017
                    Do we want investors, or not?

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                  'Like it is' column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer 2016



                  • January 28, 2016
                    Aquino can do it  Part 2 of 2

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                  • January 21, 2016
                    Aquino Can Do It  PART 1 OF 2 

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                  • January 14, 2016
                    In Support of Others

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                  • January 7, 2016
                    Let’s tell them now

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                  • February 25, 2016
                    A Good Beginning

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                  • February 18, 2016
                    Damn the Torpedoes

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                  • February 11, 2016
                    It’s All about Jobs

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                  • February 4, 2016
                    It’s Time (Full version)

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                  • March 31, 2016
                    Tying them down

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                  • March 24, 2016
                    The great debacle   (Full version) 

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                  • March 17, 2016
                    More than Reading and Writing  (Full version) 

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                  • March 10, 2016
                    Health for everyone  

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                  • March 3, 2016
                    What choice will we have

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                  • April 28, 2016
                    The People’s Choice

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                  • April 21, 2016
                    A Different Voice

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                  • April 14, 2016
                    A night of jousting

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                  • April 7, 2016
                    Cut the Tape  

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                  • May 26, 2016
                    Transition

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                  • May 19, 2016
                    A clean Philippines 

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                  • May 12, 2016
                    A new era with President Duterte

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                  • May 5, 2016
                    What sort of President?

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                  • June 30, 2016
                    340 heads are better than one 

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                  • June 23, 2016
                    Meetings just work 

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                  • June 16, 2016
                    In Praise of… 

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                  • June 9, 2016
                    Duterte for Business

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                  • June 2, 2016
                    Think sensibly, amend the labor code 

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                  • July 28, 2016
                    Duterte’s SONA: Finally Beyond Promises

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                  • July 21, 2016
                    Intelligent trackways (Full version)

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                  • July 14, 2016
                    Makes you want to cry

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                  • July 7, 2016
                    A sensible annulment 

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                  • August 25, 2016
                    Let’s treat women fairly

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                  • August 18, 2016
                    Who’s the Asian tiger?

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                  • August 11, 2016
                    Ban bans

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                  • August 4, 2016
                    Can We Afford Cleanliness?

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                  • September 29, 2016
                    October 22

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                  • September 22, 2016
                    They can be done

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                  • September 15, 2016
                    Action not words

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                  • September 8, 2016
                    It’s a crisis (Full version)

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                  • September 1, 2016
                    Tax changes are coming (Full version)

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                  • October 27, 2016
                    Meeting a promise (Full version)

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                  • October 20, 2016
                    Get business on board

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                  • October 12, 2016
                    Taxes up in smoke

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                  • November 24, 2016
                    Will they be done

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                  • November 17, 2016
                    Pragmatism wins (FULL VERSION)

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                  • November 10, 2016
                    Lessons to learn (Conclusion)

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                  • November 3, 2016
                    Lessons to learn

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                  • December 29, 2016
                    Time for reflection

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                  • December 22, 2016
                    It was about business

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                  • December 15, 2016
                    What does it take?

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                  • December 8, 2016
                    A clever strategy?

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                  • December 1, 2016
                    It’s not an SC decision

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                  'Like it is' column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer 2015







                  • April 30, 2015
                    Tolerance

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                  • April 23, 2015
                    Aquino can recover from his dropped ratings

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                  • April 16, 2015
                    A tax revolution

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                  • April 9, 2015
                    A lifetime of unhappiness

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                  • April 2, 2015
                    Primum nil nocere

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                  • June 25, 2015
                    Can We Expect Action? (First of 2 parts)

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                  • June 18, 2015
                    President Aquino Is Not Alone

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                  • June 11, 2015
                    On Quality of Life, Dying Gracefully

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                  • June 3, 2015
                    China – A Bully on the Block

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                  • July 30, 2015
                    Infrastructure Brings Communities Together

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                  • July 23, 2015
                    Corporate Responsibility

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                  • July 16, 2015
                    Into the lion’s den

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                  • July 9, 2015
                    Get angry

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                  • July 2, 2015
                    Can We Expect Action? (Conclusion)

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                  • August 26, 2015
                    The Sweetest Things in Life Are…

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                  • August 20, 2015
                    Let’s Develop the South

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                  • August 13, 2015
                    Manila’s not the only place (Full version)

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                  • August 6, 2015
                    An Appeal to the President

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                  • September 24, 2015
                    Take Time to Ponder

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                  • September 17, 2015
                    Lost in transition

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                  • September 10, 2015
                    China must respect others

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                  • September 3, 2015
                    The things I love about the Philippines

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                  • October 29, 2015
                    It can be win‐win

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                  • October 22, 2015
                    How to pay for lower taxes

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                  • October 15, 2015
                    Decide for the national good

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                  • October 8, 2015
                    Proud to be Filipino

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                  • October 1, 2015
                    We need to know why

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                  • November 26, 2015
                    Doing Business is a Hazard

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                  • November 19, 2015
                    Government monopolies don’t work

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                  • November 12, 2015
                    Give the Consumer a Break

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                  • November 5, 2015
                    Congress has almost done it

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                  • December 31, 2015
                    Political Madness

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                  • December 24, 2015
                    A Year Gone By 

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                  • December 17, 2015
                    Credit where credit is due

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                  • December 10, 2015
                    Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

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                  • December 3, 2015
                    Some Final Good Acts

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