By Robert Viñas (Presidential Communications Operations Office, Office of the President)

Lobbying is the act of attempting to influence decisions made by officials in the government, most often legislators or members of regulatory agencies. It involves the advocacy of an interest that is affected, actually or potentially, by the decisions of government leaders.

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The looming food crisis, is it just a media blitz? An alarmist point of view or it is for real? There is food crisis if supply of food is in adequate and we see people falling in line to buy food and, in extreme cases, there is a breakout of food riots.

On the campaign trail that eventually led him to the presidency, then-Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III rode on the wave of change – promising sweeping and drastic reforms in government.

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