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EVEN before the administration’s comprehensive tax reform program takes effect in January, consumers are already bearing the brunt of its impact on prices of goods and quality of services. The package, dubbed the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), was threshed out in the bicameral conference committee and set…

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THE official campaign period for the 2019 election is still a good 15 months away but this early, no less than the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte is in a hurry to get noticed by a larger number of voters. In a country like the Philippines where a candidate’s popularity…

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WITH Communications Secretary Martin Andanar leading the Asean Ministers for Responsible Information (AMRI), the regional bloc’s seriousness in containing the spread of “fake news” becomes questionable. Remember that the former television news anchor had ceased to function as the primary spokesman of President Duterte after he irresponsibly accused members of…

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HUMAN rights have long been a sensitive issue among the states making up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). It remains one of the biggest challenges that member-countries need to confront even after its 10-year-old Charter has recognized the principles of human rights. Asean celebrates this week the golden…

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THE government’s anti-corruption efforts will find meaning and generate widespread support if those leading the fight would subject themselves to the same tough standards they impose on others. It would seem that the Duterte administration needs to convince the United States about its seriousness and commitment in its anti-corruption efforts…

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WHEN you have a chief legal adviser and a communication secretary using obscene language while speaking in a foreign land, or before a foreign audience, the signs are obvious that decency is not a qualification for appointment to public office—in this administration, at least. Using vulgar language is definitely not…

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IT is easy to say sorry, but making it a meaningful apology requires positive action. Otherwise, sorry is just a word. I have been involved in just such a situation where sorry has become overused. The apology has lost its value and meaning because nothing positive has come of it,…

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IT has been said that the tongue is full of deadly poison. While spoken words could not instantly kill, it could definitely hurt and destroy relationships. We often hear people say that the more you talk, the more blunders you commit. In other words, the less you talk, the fewer…

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IT MAY not have hundreds of graduates at the end of every school year but The Manila Times College’s (TMTC) job placement rate of graduates is comparable to if not better than that of the big universities. At TMTC, students undergo extensive training in news gathering and writing and are…

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WHEN President Duterte visited Beijing in October last year, he laid down his administration’s foreign policy of weaning the Philippines away from economic and military dependence on the United States and fostering closer ties with China. This gives us reason to eagerly await the outcome of the upcoming 19th National…

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