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Low GDP growth calls for aggressive action

By The Manila Times August 10, 2019 ALTHOUGH gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the second quarter was expected to be modest for some obvious reasons, the official announcement Thursday that the economy grew by just 5.5 percent was an unpleasant surprise and should be viewed with concern. The second …

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Agri future brighter with Dar at the helm of DA

By The Manila Times August 08, 2019 WE heartily endorse President Rodrigo Duterte’s selection of Dr. William Dar as the interim secretary of Agriculture, and congratulate Dr. Dar on his appointment, which we are confident is a sign of real progress for the nation’s agriculture sector. Dar was chosen to …

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Wither strategic ambiguity

By The Manila Times August 08, 2019 As the US Indo-Pacific strategy evolves, the notion of strategic ambiguity, which has guided the US-Taiwan relationship since mid-1950s, is withering. After the Taiwan Strait crisis of 1954-1955, the US brought into force the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) with Taiwan. The treaty was …

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National emissions study is long overdue

By The Manila Times August 07, 2019 SEN. Sherwin Gatchalian is due for some well-deserved credit for proposing that a thorough inquiry into the Philippines’ greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions be carried out by the Senate. Gatchalian, who is the chairman of the Senate energy committee, filed a resolution directing “the …

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Time to remove the masks in climate change masquerade

By The Manila Times August 06, 2019 THE contradictions, uncertainties and deceptions in the United Nations’ climate change agenda are coming to a head. In a two-fisted report published in October last year, the Washington Post lifted the lid on the real score in the ambitious plan to combat climate …

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Taking the public for an unsafe ride

By The Manila Times August 04, 2019 Look who’s talking. It’s Angkas, a motorcycle ride-hailing firm that early this week, according to a report, tweeted, Angkas is like sex. It’s scary the first time pero masarap na ulit-ulitin (but fun to do over and over again). Quite obviously, the racy …

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Govt must address its spending gap

By The Manila Times August 03, 2019 INFRASTRUCTURE and capital spending by the government fell far short of expectations in June, according to data released earlier this week, raising concerns that economic growth targets for the year may also be missed. It is time for the government to address its …

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Talk of 3 more years for SCS code a betrayal of Asean

By The Manila Times August 02, 2019 WHEN the summit of leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) took place in Bangkok last June, the meetings, perhaps not surprisingly, said almost nothing about the dispute between Asean nations and China in the South China Sea. The hope that …

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