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



  • 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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                        '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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