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WHEN Congress resumes its sessions on May 2 and the Commission on Appointments returns to considering President Duterte’s cabinet appointments, the great debate on mining and the environment will resume as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Gina Lopez returns to face the commission.

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FILIPINO workers abroad are said to be noted for their ability to get things done, their expertise in their respective fields, their ability to get along with their employers, and their ability to fit into their foreign communities. They are also known for their ability to speak English.

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WE may be having problems with regards to our claims in the South China Sea west of the Philippines, but our prospects in the maritime area east of the Philippines – in Benham Rise – are brighter than ever, with the finding that this undersea ridge, which the UN has ruled to be part of the Philippine continental shelf, appears to be rich in gas hydrates.

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WITH two devastating air strikes in Syria and Afghanistan, the United States under new President Donald Trump has changed the world’s perception of it as a world power reluctant to get involved too deeply in disputes and hostilities involving many nations today.

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If rice prices start moving up in the coming weeks, it will be because our officials are still debating on whether our farmers are already producing enough for our consumers or we still have to import hundreds of thousands of tons of rice from Thailand and Vietnam.

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The violence that has hit many parts of the world for years continued unabated this year. Holy Week this year was a particularly grievous one for Egypt and its Coptic Christians. Last Palm Sunday, 49 were killed and over a hundred were wounded when Islamic State extremists bombed two churches in Alexandria and in Tanta.

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