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Asean free trade looms as threat to sugar industry

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations Free Trade Agreement that takes effect in 2015 looms as a threat to the Philippine sugar industry as the milling season for crop year 2014-2015 opens in Negros Occidental province, the heartland of the industry.

Posted: December 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The top 1%

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Globalization is particularly effective among Filipinos. The great Filipino capacity for assimilation enables us to adjust much quicker to external influences, particularly the dominant ones. In many ways, this special trait allows fast adaptation and has brought blessing after blessing. In other ways, it has been most destructive to a people unable to hold firm on what it most important in culture and history.

Posted: December 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Lawyers rise, Asean economic integration is here

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The impact of this development on the legal profession is inevitable. Lawyers are a necessary evil in assisting in the negotiation and crafting of agreements of interested parties. Hence, a great demand for legal services in the whole of Asean lurks around the corner.

Posted: November 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Wanted: an ‘Asean Agricultural Community’

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For the Southeast Asian economies, the agricultural and rural sector remains prominent in the overall development agenda.

Posted: November 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The folly of Asean economic integration

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The folly of Asean integration is the folly of an economic integration of otherwise independent nation-states in different stages of economic development. It is a prescription for unrestrained competition among entrepreneurs in a region without the guiding hand of a unified political system.

Posted: October 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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