MORE THAN A VISION

THE DUTERTE government particularly the state planning agency National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) is obviously upbeat after President Duterte recently approved the proposed Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022.

The economic roadmap will serve as the administration’s development blueprint which hopefully would pave the way for an inclusive growth and slash poverty in the country to 14% by 2022 or five years from now.

Right at the outset, President Duterte has expressed his determination to reduce poverty, especially in the provinces, as well as generate jobs through sustained robust economic growth in the next six years in line with his…

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DELICADEZA

IN THE Philippines, delicadeza is one word that is known to almost everybody but its application and definition seem to vary from one person to another, especially to many of our high ranking government officials.

Incumbent Education Secretary Leonor Briones once defined delicadeza as a behavior anchored on generally accepted moral standards, thus, its concept can be discerned in laws, rules and regulations concerning behavior of public officials.

Lately, the issue of delicadeza came into a fore after House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez confronted former Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson during a House hearing.

During the confrontation, Alvarez reminded Singson of…

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WHERE TO TRUMP?

THE WAY President Donald Trump is managing or mismanaging the affairs of the United States is sending many people especially those who are sticklers for protocols scrambling and scratching their heads.

In less than two weeks, Trump ventured into previously untraveled paths by signing an executive order suspending immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries and threatened to make good on his promise to build a concrete wall along Mexican border.

He also withdrew from the Obama-sponsored Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) economic pact and is now training his guns on North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

NAFTA was formed on January 1, 1994…

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SECURITY THREATS

SOME sectors especially those from the far-right were demanding that the leftist members of President Duterte’s Cabinet should leave their posts following the breakdown of peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano, Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary Liza Maza are among the three most prominent members of the Duterte government who are identified with the left.

It is not hard to believe however that there are thousands of others who occupy various positions in the administration who also share their political persuasions.

Those…

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ANNUS HORRIBILIS?

WHILE the Duterte government appears to be doing all it can to effect change and improve the living conditions of majority of Filipinos, some developments however tend to show that there are lots of works to be done and fast.

Over at the economic front, a report that the current value of a peso is now equivalent to only 67 centavos is particularly alarming.

The plunge in peso’s value was the lowest purchasing power of our currency since 2008, which as a consequence according to the Associated Labor Unions (ALU) had a severe effect to the Filipino daily wage earner.…

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