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My last… and signing off By Gonzalo Duque SADLY, this will be my last column in our dear Sunday Punch.  Since my appointment as administrator of the Philippine Coconut Authority, I‘ve since been very busy with all the things that need to be addressed to bring the Philippine coconut industry…

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Playing with Fire

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Problems cropping up at PCA By Gonzalo Duque I’D like to thank President Duterte for appointing me as administrator of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA). I’ve, in fact, already started my job before my oath-taking by visiting our building. The ambiance is not good because it looks like a tomb. And…

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Pro coconut worker, not farmer By Gonzalo Duque I have already reported to the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and I am taking this as a challenge, especially because we are going to play host to the International Coconut Growers Convention on August 26 to September 1 in time for SSS’ anniversary…

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Payback time for Acosta, Erfe By Gonzalo Duque I just arrived from San Francisco, CA where I had an enjoyable time with Ex-Mayor Jose “Bogs” Esteves of Milpitas City, our kabaleyan, who invited the media in the West Coast to interview me. I suddenly became a very popular figure because of my…

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Persida’s argumentum series By Gonzalo Duque SAN FRANCISCO, CA – I’m still in San Francisco enjoying the hospitality of our beloved kababayans here and enjoying a bit of popularity after being pursued by the press who wanted some answers straight from the horse’s mouth on some burning issues in the…

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Clearing the air in USA By Gonzalo Duque SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA–I am here in this beautiful city of San Francisco in California on a visit that was arranged and coordinated by our kababayan, former Milpitas City Mayor Jose Esteves. Manong Joe, whose roots are from Dagupan and very much a…

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Gonzalo on fire! By Gonzalo Duque I am writing this column while in Pennsylvania, a northeastern U.S. State and one of the 13 colonies of this great American nation. Pennsylvania’s largest city is Philadelphia, which played a key role in American history because it was here where the American founding…

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My next journey in public service By Gonzalo Duque  AS I write this column, I was about to embark on a trip to New York to attend the opening of the SSS representative office at the Philippine Embassy there on June 20.  You know, I have tendered my resignation as…

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Treating a thin senior citizen badly By Gonzalo Duque SINCE I lost weight last year, I thought all the time that it is an advantage to have conquered the scales and be seen as young and blooming again, but getting thinner also has its own disadvantages. This was my experience…

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Autonomous status for LNU By Gonzalo Duque WE at Lyceum Northwestern University are hoping and praying that we would be granted autonomous status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) soon. This would certainly be a big boon to us, our faculty members and our students. It will be a…

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