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These new countries will treat each other like we currently treat our neighbors in the ASEAN with free trade in goods and freer mobility of people without any need for visa for visits of 30 days or less, and so on.

It is hardly possible for a country with an expanding population to become less bureaucratic and less tax-hungry because less bureaucracy would mean more innovation and more wealth for the citizens while other regions remain poor and many agencies and planners dislike more inequality.

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Still here in Negros Occidental, beside my weak father in a hospital. Hearing and reading stories of scheduled and unscheduled brownouts in the province, also experiencing few minutes of brownouts at the hospital. Why are these things happening despite the province having the biggest number of installed solar power in the whole country? And why are transmission charges by the NGCP remain high?

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Free Trade 65, On the US withrawal from the TPP
Last month, US President Donald Trump issued this Memorandum to the US Trade Representative. Part of it said, “it is the intention of my Administration to deal
directly with individual countries on a one-on-one (or bilateral) basis in
negotiating future tra...

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BWorld 110, Should we go federal or not?
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last February 02, 2017. Whether to move from devolved unitary to a formal federal
state, this is among the big political questions in the Philippines today.
There are two related questions here: (1) If federalism is the...

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ALF 9, Conference 2017 in Mumbai, India
The Asia Liberty Forum (ALF) is an annual 2-days conference jointly sponsored by the Atlas Network (US), Center for Civil Society (CCS, India) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF, Germany). Five ALF events so far from 2013-2017 and I have ...

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The Philippine communist movement has already been a spent force for so many years. The Philippine government should treat them just like other organized criminal groups engaged in extortion and armed attacks.

Likewise, the Europe-based CPP-NDF negotiators are spent leaders who are better ignored than heard, for the next decade/s to come. They will continue making unreasonable demands to cover up their irrelevance.

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Tax Cut 29, Culture of exemptions and culture of envy
An article by Dr. Ciel Habito last week was shared in fb by several friends yesterday. Ciel wrote, Why is it that we have a lower tax effort (tax revenues
in proportion to gross domestic product) than most of our neighbors, and yet
have higher tax rates tha...
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