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DUTERTE’SACHIEVEMENTS AND FAILURES

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By Antonio S. Lopez Fifty months and two weeks into his presidency, people must remember 10 things about the ailing Rodrigo Roa Duterte—his five major achievements and his five major failures.  The achievements gave the [...]

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