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New anti-red tape chief must prove agency’s worth

By The Manila Times July 10, 2019 AFTER more than a year of inaction, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) finally has its first director general, former Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission consultant Jeremiah Belgica. The new chief will now face the challenge of demonstrating quickly the importance and value of the …

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Speakership contest has become a wearisome rigmarole

By The Manila Times July 08, 2019 THE political struggle this early for the speakership of the House of Representatives has become a wearisome rigmarole among aspirants who have no track record in leading political parties or organizations, and no sterling achievements to show in the work of lawmaking. We …

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Yolanda housing delay a national shame

By The Manila Times July 06, 2019 THE shocking revelation by the Commission on Audit (CoA) this week that only a little more than half of the permanent housing units intended for families displaced by Typhoon Yolanda nearly six years ago is a disgrace, a shameful state of affairs that …

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GSIS should reveal its assets

By The Manila Times July 04, 2019 THE abrupt resignation of Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Jesus Clint Aranas on Tuesday highlights a significant area of uncertainty about the agency, one that its next leader should act to resolve. Although he cited personal, though unspecified, reasons …

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Sound decision on ecozones

By The Manila Times July 03, 2019 ON June 22, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a moratorium on applications for new economic zones within Metro Manila, seeking instead to encourage locators to apply for ecozone status outside the city. Although Administrative Order (AO) 18 apparently did not inspire enthusiasm on the …

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Trump’s pivot to NKorea is the stuff of history

By The Manila Times July 02, 2019 Like Richard Nixon’s dramatic decision to forge diplomatic relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, US President Donald Trump’s dramatic pivot to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and North Korea on Sunday will be recorded in history as the high …

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