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Despite the siege in Marawi, inflation, political noise and external factors, the economy grew by a better-than-expected 6.9 percent in the third quarter.


It seems like a coup. It sounds like a coup. Tanks in the streets and soldiers guarding vital installations around Harare, it has all the optics of a coup.

If we had a big cake, there would have been 50 candles to blow to make a wish.

In one of the most insightful observations of his Presidency, Rodrigo Roa Duterte conceded that no one really won in Marawi.

Observing its 50th year of existence, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations edged slightly onward on a raft of previously agreed plans, blueprints, treaties, and consensual agreements, cited in 144 items of the Chairman’s Statement, at the end of its 31st Summit held in Manila on Nov. 13-14. As official host, President Duterte presided over the summit as chairman.

This is the last part of my essay on the writer Bienvenido N. Santos, which will be published in my forthcoming book, Ranga: Writings on Bicol, from the imprint of the Ateneo de Naga Publishing House.

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