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New escalation  of conflict in Syria

In the last seven years, the fighting in Syria has been largely between the Syrian government forces of President Bashar al-Assad, supported by Russian and Iranian troops and planes, against several rebel groups who have also been battling one another.

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We vote again today  for barangay, SK leaders

The nation goes to the polls today to cast their votes in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. The last time these were held was in 2013, five years ago, and there was a move in the House of Representatives to cancel today’s elections yet again, but the Senate fortunately did not go along with it.

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Heed the world-wide call vs plastic pollution

THE Philippines joined a worldwide call to end plastic pollution as it marked this April the first anniversary of its accession to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The country became the 138th state party to the Paris Agreement on April 22, 2017, a month after the Philippine Mission to the United Nations deposited our Instrument of Accession on March 23, 2017.

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We can face the world with our drugs drive

THE Philippine National Police (PNP), now headed by Director General Oscar Albayalde, released last Monday the “real numbers” in the government campaign against illegal drugs in the country. From July 1, 2016, to April 30, 2018, the PNP said, 4,251 drug suspects were killed. An earlier report by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) last month said that up to March 20, 2018, the number of persons killed totaled 4,074 – that means 177 were killed this last month.

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Resignation? Just keep to the legal procedures

IF the Supreme Court, which meets today as a full court, decides to tackle and possibly decide the “quo warranto” case filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, that might effectively end her long fight for vindication.

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We hope it will not be too late

THE Paracel islands are located in the northern part of the South China Sea (SCS) close to China’s Hainan Island and Vietnam. To the east is the Philippine island of Luzon. Some years ago, China deployed surface-to-air and anti-ship missiles on Woody Island in the Paracels after building it up from the sea, constructed runways, and turned it into a military base.

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