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What people would welcome most in SONA

There is so much President Duterte wants and needs to say when he delivers his second State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) today before a joint session of the Congress of the Philippines.

A NATIONWIDE smoking ban goes into effect today with President Duterte’s Executive Order 26. The Philippines is now one of 111 countries around the world – from Albania to Zambia – where a smoking ban is public policy. EO 26 bans smoking in all public places, whether indoor or outdoor, whether owned by the government or by private enterprises.

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THE Congress of the Philippines meets today in a special and joint session to consider President Duterte’s call for it to extend his proclamation of martial law in Mindanao and his suspension of the writ of habeas corpus. There is no doubt that Congress will grant the extension.

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IT has long been hoped that the Mamasapano incident of January 15, 2015, be laid to rest after so many years of official investigations by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation and inquiries in aid of legislation by the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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TRAFFIC remains the principal problem in Metro Manila. There has been some improvement in some areas but so much more needs to be done and the Metro Manila Development Committee met on this problem now that the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has a new chairman in retired General Danilo Lim.

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A MASSIVE iceberg, said to be as large as the United States state of Delaware split off from Antarctica’s Larsen C Shelf in the South Pole early this month. The iceberg is said to have an area of about 5,800 square kilometers – bigger than our Cebu island – and weighs over a trillion tons.

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