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THE ordeal of Filipina hostage Marites Flor is over. Nine months after she was taken from a resort on Samal island in the Davao Gulf with Canadians Robert Hall and John Ridsdel and Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad in September, 2015, she was released last Friday through the efforts of President-elect Duterte, Sulu Gov. Sakur Tan, and Secretary Jesus Dureza, incoming presidential adviser on the peace process.

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THE Department of Justice (DoJ) has dismissed criminal complaints filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against several employees and police personnel assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in the alleged “Tanim-Bala” scam victimizing unwary passengers.

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President Aquino vetoed Senate Bill 2720 and House Bill 6411, providing for an increase in the salaries of government nurses, along with Senate Bill 2581 and House Bill 3674 seeking the condonation of unpaid income taxes of local water districts.

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IN all masses from June 21 to June 29, a prayer is now being read asking God to bless the nation’s leaders with “true love for the poor,” with “passion for truth,” with “sincere generosity and courageous simplicity of lifestyle,” with “spirit of heroic sacrifice,” and true reverence for human life and unheeding opposition to the culture of death.”

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IN the last Congress, a bill was filed in the House of Representatives to split the Department of Environment and Natural Resources into two departments – the Department of Environment and the Department of Natural Resources.

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WHEN the new administration assumes office on June 30, just six days from today, the new officials will be moving quickly to effect changes in their respective areas, with law enforcement to stop crime, particularly the spread of drugs, on top of the priorities.

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