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Amnesty bestows mercy on both sides

IN THIS Theory of Moral Sentiments, the great economic philosopher Adam Smith wrote, “Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest...

Towards a ‘green, green, green’ Philippines

SEVERAL studies have shown that there are real mental health benefits to having greener cities. One published in the Journal of the American Medical...

Teaching is hard work (Ang magturo ay ‘di biro)

I WAS RAISED in a household that put a premium on learning and education. My siblings and I were not given free rein when...

The bigger questions

THE SENATE recently conducted its first hearing on the proposed TRABAHO (Tax Reform for Attracting Better and Higher Quality Opportunities) bill. This is the...

A lasting legacy of laws

ON MONDAY, Sept. 24, was the birth anniversary of my father, former Senate President Ed Angara. He would have turned 84.My father wore many...

Achieving true universal healthcare

FORTY years ago, delegates from 135 countries, including the Philippines, signed at an international conference the first global declaration affirming “primary health care” as...

The victory of Filipina athletes

CONGRATULATIONS are due to all the athletes, especially the podium finishers, who competed in the Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang, Indonesia. Without a doubt, Filipinos...

Commending outstanding Filipinos

EARLIER this week, I sponsored in the Senate a resolution commending this year’s Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos — teachers, policemen and women, and soldiers...

A creative economy in the Philippines

SOME SAY that where “oil was the primary fuel of the 20th century economy,” creativity is what drives economic growth and development in the...

A true measure of economic success

ECONOMIC managers today use the concept of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a primary measure of their country’s economic success.  Even in the Philippines,...

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