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The Philippines had a key role in the Paris conference that ended with the adoption of the Climate Change agreement in December, 2015. The country led a Climate Vulnerable Forum campaign to limit the rise in global temperature to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius, not just 2 degrees as was ultimately decided in the conference. As the Philippines had been hit by the strongest typhoon ever to hit land – Yolanda in November, 2013 – its suffering was seen as a warning to the rest of the world.

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PRESIDENT Duterte called on the nation’s military personnel to remain faithful to the Republic in an address before Philippine Marines at Fort Bonifacio last Tuesday. He was evidently concerned that his recent moves with regard to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), his caustic remarks on United States (US) President Obama, and his coming visits to China and Russia may be misinterpreted in some quarters and lead to unexpected military action.

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She was known as a feisty senator, spirited, pugnacious, thus difficult for those who faced her and her probing questions. With her solid background on law, particularly constitutional law, her mastery of the language, and her intuitive grasp of human nature, she was a formidable foe to anyone who tangled with her in Congress and elsewhere in the halls of public service.

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THE Philippine peso slumped to its lowest value in seven years to R48.41 per United States (US) dollar at the close of the Philippine Dealing System last Monday, rebounding slightly the next day. It was the lowest level since the R48.335 on September 15, 2009.

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The Philippines and Vietnam were on opposite sides in the Vietnam War that ended in 1955. Filipino doctors went to South Vietnam in 1954 under Operation Brotherhood which helped Vietnamese refugees in the South’s war against the Communist North. President Ferdinand Marcos sent 2,000 combat engineers to help the South, equipped with patrol boats, weapons, and other equipment from the United States. Saigon, capital of the South, eventually fell on April 30, 1975, and a united Vietnam, with its capital in Hanoi, emerged from the long war.

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The search for solutions to the Metro Manila traffic problem continues, with the latest proposal from Sen. Grace Poe, chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Services, suggesting that schools begin their annual Christmas break two weeks earlier than usual.

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