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SO many times in the past, we have seen news photos of mothers and their children crying as they watch their squatter homes being demolished. At other times, the photos were of young men and boys fighting with stones and, at times, with their bare hands, demolition teams out to clear a government project site or a private lot.

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THE ordeal of Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, who was kidnapped with two Canadians and a Filipina from a Samal island resort in Davao Gulf in September, 2015, ended Saturday night. He and three Indonesians were released by the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu, to Nur Misuari of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) who turned them over to Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza.

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FORMER President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has finally been cleared of a case which had kept her under detention for several years. The case was scuttled by the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division when it granted demurrers to evidence filed by the former President, her husband Jose Miguel Arroyo, and former Commission on Elections Chairman Benjamin Abalos.

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A MOST welcome respite from the daily fare of news reports on drug killings, Senate exposes, foreign policy debates, and typhoon destruction was last week’s report that the Filipino language has made new contributions to the English language, increasingly the dominant lingua franca in the world today.

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We now have had eight officially confirmed Zika cases in the country. After the first five cases reported starting in 2012, a sixth case was announced by the Department of Health (DOH) two weeks ago – a 45-year-old woman in Iloilo City. A week later, two other persons living in the same household were found to have contracted the disease, although their symptom was only a mild skin rash.

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SOON after he said the United States should mind its own business and stop criticizing his campaign against drugs as it has its own human rights problems, President Duterte opened another controversial window in the country’s relationship with its former colonial ruler.

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