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WITH the national elections held less than four months ago – last May 9 – there is a growing consensus among the nation’s top officials that it may be best to postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections scheduled for Oct. 31, less than two months away.

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AFTER telling the Chinese ambassador in Davao City that any bilateral talks between the Philippines and China will have to be based on the recent ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands, President Duterte announced during the National Heroes Day rites at the Libingan ng mga Bayani last Monday that he will “keep silent” and avoid flaunting the arbitral court ruling for now.

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WHEN President Duterte issued his executive order (EO) on Freedom of Information (FOI) covering all offices of the Executive department last July 23, just three weeks after he assumed office, it was hailed as a sign of the great change in the workings of government that he had promised – and for which he won – in the election.

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Our RM awardee

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OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio Morales joins today the honor roll of recipients of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, cited for distinction in their fields and for having helped others generously without expecting public recognition.

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Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of the Supreme Court spelled out the role of the judiciary in our democratic government at the Meet the Press forum of the court last Thursday. That role, she said, is to “keep the social fabric intact, address the people’s cry for justice, and thereby prevent society’s descent to anarchy.”

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A comprehensive peace agreement is still some months away but the talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) opened with great optimism on both sides last Friday, with Norway hosting the talks in Oslo.

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