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DR. WILLIAM DAR Whenever I go to the provinces for speaking engagements and field visits to agribusiness enterprises, I often hear stories or meet people who once held or are currently holding high positions in a private or government office taking up farming as a business, with a number of…

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EUNEY MARIE MATA-PEREZ Value-added tax, or VAT, is not a singular-minded tax on every transactional level. Its assessment bears direct relevance to the taxpayer’s role or link in the production chain. Thus, its imposition is intimately related to the regularity and consistency of the conduct of business in the ordinary…

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Ben D. Kritz THE imminent disappearance of the ride-sharing enterprise Uber from the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia has been met with much wailing and gnashing of teeth here, and understandably so. The service promised a welcome alternative to an inadequate and wildly abusive taxi sector, and for…

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ALDRICH POLICARPIO Moving to a new company involves change in so many ways. Aside from adjusting to the new environment, role and location, you’re also faced with new expenses. My previous job had its own parking space, and moving to a new workplace in the heart of Makati for me…

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REYNALDO LUGTU, JR. It was big news recently when an autonomous car operated by Uber with an emergency backup driver behind the wheel struck and killed a woman on a street in Tempe, Arizona – the first pedestrian death associated with self-driving technology. The company quickly suspended testing in Tempe,…

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Emeterio Sd. Perez METRO Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) listed two principal stockholders in a public ownership report (POR) as of Dec. 31, 2017. Its filing showed Metro Pacific Holdings Inc. as holder of 13.223 billion common shares, or 41.963 percent of MPIC’s 31.511 billion outstanding common shares. It attributed to…

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PAZ MALUBAY It was great having a long weekend without any plans. My only goal over that period was to spend quality time with my loved ones. We planned our days one day at a time: be it just a short trip to the nearest province or to go to…

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BEN KRITZ DAVID Ingles, who is a commentator for Bloomberg, kicked a small hornet’s nest last week when he shared two unpleasant factoids on Twitter: The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) is practically the worst-performing stock index in the world so far this year, and the Philippine peso is among…

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COURTNEY NGO This March, people had a glimpse of the “bad” side of artificial intelligence, or AI: a woman died because she was hit by Uber’s self-driving car in the US; Facebook’s massive corpus of data was allegedly used to influence the last US elections; and China is set to…

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REY ELBO IN 1922, Albert Einstein went to Japan as scheduled even as he learned he had won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics. He missed the awarding ceremonies in Stockholm as he proceeded to Tokyo, where thousands gathered at the Imperial Palace to witness his meeting with the emperor and…

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