Bernardo M. Villegas
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Profiting From Year of Mercy (Part 1)

            Before we know it, November 21, 2016 will be upon us and the Jubilee Year of Mercy will be over.  Time passes by so quickly that we cannot afford to procrastinate and not put into action what Pope Francis has requested all Catholics all over the world to perform during this Jubilee Year.  He made it clear that the most important focus in our celebrating the Year of Mercy is the Sacrament of Penance (also called the Sacrament of Reconciliation).  To put it in plain language, each Catholic should go to confession as frequently as possible during this year and convince our relatives and friends to do likewise.  As an article in the Financial Times reported, the Pope has reinforced his message by writing a book that was published recently entitled “The Name of God Is Mercy.”  The book has “a powerful message for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.  We are all sinners, he is saying, all guilty; but God’s mercy is infinite and so is the mercy of God’s church.”

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       The historical trends, empirical findings, and policy updates are discussed in detail in the essays compiled in this book. The most convincing argument that supports the thesis of the book, i.e. that population growth is a poitive factor in attaining sustainable human development, is found in the foreword to the book, which is adopted from an article written by Mr. Roberto de Ocampo, former Finance Secretary of the Philippines and multi-awarded finance official in Asia. Thanks to the continuing growth of the Philippines population, Filipinos are in more than 100 countries all over the world, contributing much-needed foreign echange and purchasing power to the Philippine economy and fostering the human and spiritual development of the most diverse of peoples and cultures on this planet.

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Inside Business: Critique on RH Bill

ANC Interview by Coco Alcuaz regarding the RH bill and the Philippine economy.