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THE Department of Health (DoH) and the Department of Education (DepEd) have come to an agreement on the sensitive issue of condoms.

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The Metro traffic gridlock started as a problem on Epifanio de los Santos Ave. (EDSA). As vehicles sought alternative routes to their destinations, they turned to various side streets, only to find these filled with parked vehicles of all kinds. In many of these streets, especially those along markets, one lane is occupied by vendors, another by parked vehicles, leaving only one narrow space for traffic. With side streets blocked, motorists return to EDSA; at least there are traffic officers there to keep vehicles moving even if at a snail’s pace.

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UNITED States President Donald Trump announced last week that he was going ahead with his campaign promise to build a wall along the country’s southern border with Mexico to keep out illegal immigrants. He blames immigrants from all over South and Central America for getting jobs which, he said, should go to Americans.

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THE Philippine government’s peace panel in the ongoing talks with the National Democratic Front-Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (NDF-CPP-NPA) said last Tuesday that it was “distressed and extremely disturbed” by the recent attacks mounted by the NPA in various parts of the country.

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IT may be time to step back and take a close look at the anti-drugs campaign after the last six months that it has been carried out in the country.

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THE Manila Bulletin is 117 years old today. It began as a modest four-page paper with shipping and other commercial information on February 2, 1900. It was the turn of a new century and the Philippines was entering a new and modern world after three and a half centuries of Spanish colonial rule.

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