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THERE were hopes that Internet speed in the Philippines – the slowest in Southeast Asia and one of the slowest in all of Asia – would speed up with the acquisition of additional spectrums by the Philippine Long Distance Co. (PLDT) and Globe Telecom, who run the two principal systems Smart and Globe. This was in May and the two systems immediately began to expand their services using the new frequency – 700 megahertz – they had jointly purchased from San Miguel Corp. (SMC)

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Our hope is that one day, working and living abroad will be “a choice, more than a need” for Filipinos. Vice President Leni Robredo restated this hope in a talk before members of the University of the Philippines Association and other members of the Filipino-American community at the Philippine Center in San Francisco, California, last week.

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Last June after President Duterte won the election, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), was confronted by very harsh words for the Church by the new President, who called it a “most hypocritical institution.” Archbishop Socrates chose to invoke “the silence of Jesus before the arrogance of Pilate.”

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THE national budget is the single most important piece of legislation by any Congress and it is only right that it be given priority over moves to convene Congress into a Constitutional Assembly to amend our current 1987 Constitution.

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JUST when the traffic situation seemed to be improving in one part of Metro Manila, it would get jammed elsewhere in the metropolis. At one time, flooded streets around the Manila City Hall caused south-bound traffic to back up as far back as España Blvd. in Sampaloc. That appears to have been solved by repairs on drainage channels. Last Monday, traffic was again jammed all around Quiapo and surrounding areas. This time, motorists blamed construction work on Quiapo bridge, where a layer of asphalt was being laid on one lane.

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TWENTY years after our last Olympic medal, an unexpected heroine has emerged in the Rio Olympics – Hidilyn Diaz of Zamboanga City, winner of a silver medal in weightlifting. No one had mentioned her name in previews of Philippine prospects at the Olympics – not our own Philippine officials and not the foreign sports analysts who had been keeping tabs on the world’s top athletes and their respective records.

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