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THE suspension of enforcement of the Anti-Distracted Driver Act (ADDA) on Tuesday at the behest of a few hand-wringing legislators was shameful and infuriating. One would have wished that the law had imposed some discipline on a population noteworthy for its unruliness on the road and its hopeless addiction to…

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Many professionals rejoiced at the thought of being protected by the law when deployed to a remote assignment by their employers. This has been announced as Senate Bill 1363, or the Telecommuting Act of 2017, approved on final reading by the Senate earlier this week. It is expected to ease…

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When President Rody Duterte ran for the presidency last year, one of his campaign promises was the adoption of federalism in the Philippines. Federalism was envisioned to realize inclusive growth and to disperse the economic development from the center to all the regions of the Philippines. However, would dividing the…

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DEMOCRATIC politics is an odd realm. In most other disciplines, willful ignorance is frowned upon; but in politics, it’s celebrated. The widespread support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s policy – although lately, he’s blamed it on Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd – to reject “conditional” aid from the European Union is…

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WHEN I was promoted to my first supervisory post in the early 1980s, after spending three years in several non-management functions in the human resource department of a unionized establishment, it dawned on me that I was destined to become a management guru. Well, at least that was the label…

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INSTEAD of a new passport, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) recently issued me a certification as follows: “This is to certify that based on the records of an unclaimed passport at DFA Manila, the following data for Philippine Passport EC6772436 is available:” What followed were my name, date and…

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Summer time has always been the season for travel. In our own firm, the different units are now deep into planning their company-sponsored summer outings, with some even looking at overseas destinations for their trips. In this age of social media, the desire to visit a new place – and…

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THE late journalist Alex Tizon’s moving and very personal account of “his family’s slave” – the domestic helper who served three generations of his family for 56 years – published in The Atlantic this week, has set off a storm of debate, cultural recriminations, and, one would hope, a bit…

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