• Filipino graduates of Harvard write for The Manila Times

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     The Manila Times President Dante Ang 2nd (left) meets alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government led by former Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan (third from right). PHOTO BY LANZ MENDOZA

    The Manila Times President Dante Ang 2nd (left) meets alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government led by former Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan (third from right). PHOTO BY LANZ MENDOZA

    Filipinos who graduated from Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS) will soon write columns for The Manila Times.

    The group, led by former Interior secretary Rafael Alunan and Tony Abad, will share its knowledge on history, and give their two-cents worth on how to rid the government of criminals and corrupt employees and officials.

    “We will share our experiences on international relations, especially the current standoff between the Philippines and China,” Alunan said.

    Yesterday, some members and officers of the alumni signed a memorandum of agreement with The Manila Times’ President Francis Ang 2nd.

    Aside from Alunan and Abad, also present were Victor Corpus, Jose Jimenez, Lourdes
    Magsaysay, Rowena Tan, Benedict Carandang, Willy Villarama and Alejandro “Babes” Flores.

    On the problem of illegal drugs, Alunan said the most crucial move is to lessen if not totally eradicate the supply. He also stressed the need for the government to put up more rehabilitation centers. But since this need is urgent, hospitals may be utilized to rehabilitate drug users so that unemployed nurses, psychologists and therapists may be tapped.

    On the recent ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration that invalidated China’s claims in the West Philippine Sea, Alunan said President Rodrigo Duterte must understand fully the ruling with the assistance of Solicitor General Jose Calida. He also advised the Chief Executive to convence the National Security Council and seek the help of other countries, particularly those who have claims on the South China Sea.

    Alunan hailed Duterte’s decision to tap former president Fidel V. Ramos as top negotiator who will be sent to Beijing to start the negotiations.

    Alunan said the country needs more “think tanks” who will help analyze the situation, draw new public policy and recommend concrete actions.

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