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THE Philippine economy grew by 6.8% in 2016, making us the fastest growing economy in Southeast Asia.

This is considered a big economic achievement in a country with great dreams of erasing poverty level which is among the highest in the region.

 

Make Believe

This record in economic growth shines only on its ranking but is barely understood by most Filipinos, even rendered incredulous considering the very low quality of services that the government provides to the people.   

In a period when the economic growth is propelled by technology, how the Philippines came at the top of…

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 IF TRAFFIC PROBLEMS REMAIN UNSOLVED: LOREN SEES ECO-ENVIRONMENT APOCALYPSE

THE COUNTRY faces the grim prospect of an eco-environment apocalypse should government fail to promptly and correctly address the continuing nightmarish traffic that is killing Metro Manila and other highly urbanized areas.

“The metropolis is dying from pollution caused by traffic even when the national economy is being brought down by a paralysis in our traffic system in Metro Manila,” consumer advocacy groups claim as they support the latest move by Sen. Loren Legarda to address traffic woes.

Sen. Legarda is pushing for sustainable public transport system to solve the traffic crisis, saying, failing in this, the nation’s capital could…

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IS GOV'T TAXING THE POOR?

SINCE Biblical times, taxes in whatever form and manner have been decried as a measure of government tyranny and the tax collector a public enemy. 

In short, taxes are unwelcome burden especially on the part of a poor daily wage earner who could hardly make both ends meet to provide three square meals a day to his family. 

 

Death and Taxes

Benjamin Franklin once said that there were only two things certain in life; death and taxes. 

Unfortunately, while death as a fact of life is the great equalizer, the same could not be said of…

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JUNIA ADDS GLITTER TO CCP BOARD

Michelle Nikki Junia, a US trained artist has been named as the newest addition to the Board of Trustees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Junia has formally joined the prestigious group after taking her oath, administered by Senator Loren Legarda in her office at Senate last January 16 thus becoming the youngest member of the Board.

Michelle Nikki Junia, or ‘Nikki J.’, is a former member of the first batch of 14K, a successful singing group personally trained by Maestro Ryan Cayabyab. 

 

Lea as an inspiration

As a small child, Nikki J. has been…

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WHERE IS JUSTICE?

FOLLOW the money and see where it goes. 

That quote from the Broadway musical Hamilton cannot be more appropriate than in the situation surrounding Chinese gambling tycoon Jack Lam.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II recently dropped a bombshell when he announced the government’s decision to allow Lam to return to the country – under certain conditions.

Lam has been on the run since the arrest of over 1,316 illegal Chinese workers allegedly working in an online gambling outfit inside his Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino last year.

 

Lam on a Comeback Trail?

Following allegations – made by Aguirre…

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