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Martial law in Mindanao

Martial law has been declared in Mindanao, after armed men, identified with the Maute Group, clashed with troops in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur. Initial reports, including the alleged burning of the local cathedral, caused President Duterte to proclaim martial law in Mindanao.

On his return from his trip to Beijing, China, where he attended the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, President Duterte made a surprising announcement that the leaders of turkey and of Mongolia had asked him to sponsor their membership in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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WE are now well into the month of May, the “Month of Flowers” in the Philippines, for it is at this time of the year that the rains start falling after the long hot summer, turning the brown countryside green with new leaves and flowers.

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FORMER Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DoTC) told the Senate committee looking into the problems of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 that he signed a maintenance contract with a new company without checking on the background of the company.

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THIS has been a very busy week for the nation’s schools. Since last Monday, the people of the community have been working in our school classrooms and yards, contributing their time and efforts to preparing everything for the opening of schools on Monday, June 5.

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SEVENTY years after enterprising Filipinos transformed the American military jeep into the Filipino jeepney for mass transport in the country, it remains ubiquitous as ever all over the land. One would have expected modern buses and trains to take over in big cities like Metro Manila by this time, but the jeepney still runs today in city streets, incidentally contributing a sizeable share of the traffic problem.

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