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MARIT STINUS-CABUGON THE economy grew 6.7 percent in 2017 and is expected to grow 6.8 percent or more this year, sustaining the country’s growth trajectory. The agriculture sector has bounced back, posting a 3.9 percent expansion after the negative growth in 2016 (BangkoSentral ng Pilipinas 2017 Annual Report). Since the…

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SUSAN ESTRICH For years, people such as myself have been arguing that gender discrimination doesn’t just hurt women: It hurts all of us, our economy, our efficiency, and, yes, even our safety. The stories about the obstacles that Tammie Jo Shults, the now-famous pilot of Southwest Flight 1380, faced in…

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UNITED NATIONS: More than 200 child soldiers were released by armed groups in war-torn South Sudan, and help will be needed to ensure their safe and bright future, according to a UN agency. The release took place in Western Equatoria State and follows a similar release last month that saw…

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France’s quality of nationality is the best in the world, according to the 3rd edition of the Henley & Partners – Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index (QNI), which was launched in London today. The French nationality earned a score of 81.7% out of a possible 100%, fractionally ahead of Germany,…

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UNITED NATIONS: With upcoming elections in May, the Iraqi government is urging Internally Displaced People (IDPs) to return home. After the defeat of ISIS in December 2017, an increase in security and number of returnees to their region of origin is expected; however, many IDPs see no way to leave…

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HAVANA: Cuba’s president may no longer be named Castro, but the communist system that Fidel and Raul cemented over the course of decades is not going anywhere, at least not soon. Raul Castro, 86, and his new successor as president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, 57, will ensure that it survives even if…

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MAURO GIA SAMONTE IN an upcoming book of mine, Mandirigma, a novelized approach to the biography of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) general manager Alexander Ferrer Balutan, I write: “Far out in the Western Hemisphere at the time, President Duterte is formalizing with Russian President Vladimir Putin a deal for…

JOSE V. ROMERO JR., PHD.

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JOSE V. ROMERO JR., PHD. THE debate over federalism has reached fever pitch. People are asking – what is the problem of the present set-up and what are we trying to solve? If the faucet is not leaking, why fix it? The issue gained traction during the presidential campaign when…

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AL S. VITANGCOL III IT seems that Facebook’s data privacy problems will continue and persist for a long while. According to TechCrunch, a US online publisher of technology industry news, Facebook admitted on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) that it’s investigating a security research report that shows Facebook user data can…

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