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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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  • June 25, 2020
    Top ten (Part 1)

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  • June 18, 2020
    Unrealistic expectation

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  • June 10, 2020
    Flexibility

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  • June 4, 2020
    Work together, not fight

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  • July 9, 2020
    Time for a balanced approach

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  • July 2, 2020
    Top ten (Part 2)

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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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