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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 23, 2020
    A crisis needs an ID

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  • April 16, 2020
    Entering a new world

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  • April 8, 2020
    A Nightmare (Part 2)

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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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