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SC urges focus on big drug operators

  IN two successive issuances, the Supreme Court (SC) has spoken out on the anti-drugs campaign which has been underway since 2016. Last April 2, the court ordered the government to submit all documents on the drive, particularly on the number of people killed in police operations, since July, 2016. This week, the court urged […]

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Early 2020 budget draft should avert 2019 fiasco

  IN a move that should help avert the delay by three months in the implementation of the 2019 national budget, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has come out this early with a proposed budget for the year 2020. The proposed budget amounts to R4.2 trillion. This is 12 percent higher than the […]

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Overseas voters may play a crucial role in May

  THE nation’s overseas voters began casting their votes last Saturday, April 13, for the midterm elections. There are today some 1.88 million registered vot­ers abroad, of which about 25 percent are expected to cast their votes for 12 new members of the Senate and for party-list organizations for the House of Representa­tives. The overseas […]

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We are facing an ‘avoidable power crisis’

  ROTATING brownouts were enforced in Metro Manila and various parts of Luzon last week. As of mid-day Friday, some 1.38 million customers – households, factories, and offices – of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) were affected, as were thousands of other customers of electric cooperatives. Outside of Metro Manila, the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, […]

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Consultation process resolving SCS issues

  THE Philippines and China held the fourth meeting of the Bilateral Consultation Mechanism (BCM) on the South China Sea last April 2-3. This mechanism for friendly dialogue was agreed upon by President Duterte and China President Xi Jinping when our president went on a state visit to China in October, 2016. The first BCM […]

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Heed the complaints of nation’s teachers

  TEACHERS identified with the Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC) made use of the nation’s celebration of Araw ng Kagitingan – commemorating the valor of the soldiers who fought for freedom in Bataan and Corregidor in World War II – to make their own appeal that they be liberated from so much clerical work required of […]

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