Sunday, September 20, 2020

Gabriel Christian J. Lacson

“Those who look only to the past or to the present are certain to miss the future.” - John F. Kennedy

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“A tragedy is nearly 3,000 people murdered one morning in New York. A tragedy is the mums and dads who never came home from work that day. A tragedy is people jumping from the towers after the planes hit.”
I had the privilege of listening a few days ago to a friend of mine, award-winning Mindanawon author Karlo Antonio Galay David, as he was talking about several important issues affecting the Philippines and his Mindanao.
Earlier this week, a substantial portion of a citizens group highly supportive of President Rodrigo Duterte met in western Luzon to announce their support for installing a “revolutionary government” over the Philippines to ensure that the Chief Executive keeps his promise of shifting to a federal system before the end of his term. The MRRD-NECC stated, too, that this proposed change should be to trigger a “cultural revolution”.
Recently, I was asked by my friend Joevel to write about my experiences in the Republic of Singapore, where I had the opportunity to visit in 2016 and in 2019. Upon her beckoning and mention of the subject, I quickly grabbed the opportunity to do so.
Last week, the President of the Republic of the Philippines delivered his penultimate State of the Nation Address, reporting to Congress and to the Filipino people the achievements, milestones, plans, and challenges faced by the republic under his administration.
Previously, this article tackled the realities and implications of an ageing farming sector especially to food security and sustainability.

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