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Reforms must continue even if talks have stopped

President Duterte appeared determined last Friday to stop any further negotiation with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its political front, the National Democratic Front (NDF), to end the decades-old rebellion of the New People’s Army (NPA).

THE war of words between North Korea and the rest of the world, but most specially the United States, Japan, and South Korea, has degenerated into some kind of free-for-all bereft of all civility in international relations.

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Metro Manila will have a subway by 2025 – eight years from now. The first phase of the project will run from Mindanao Ave. in Quezon City to the gateway to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Parañaque City. It takes about three hours to travel this distance by car in today’s traffic. In a subway, it would take just 30 minutes, according to the planners.

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THE House of Representatives decision last Tuesday to reduce the budget of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) from P678 million to only P1,000 constitutes a new low in its record.

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THE Senate Blue Ribbon inquiry on how 600 kilos of shabu valued at R6.4 billion managed to escape detection at the Bureau of Customs has given rise to many side issues and disputes that have actually seized the headlines from the customs inquiry itself.

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FOR several weeks now, the world has been reading about the plight of the Rohingya refugees who are fleeing persecution and violence in Myanmar. The Rohingyas are a Muslim minority living in Buddhist Myanmar where they are denied citizenship, rejected as Bengali immigrants, and have endured decades of persecution. Last month, Rohingya insurgents attacked Myanmar security forces which launched military reprisals, burning entire villages, and killing over a thousand people. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have fled to neighboring Bangladesh which, although a Muslim nation like the Rohingyas, is a very poor country and cannot provide for the estimated 400,000 refugees who have fled from Myanmar.

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