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PHILIPPINE Internet users have long complained of the very slow Internet speed in this country. The latest affirmation of this fact came the other day when the State of the Internet Report for the last quarter of 2016 said the Philippines has the lowest Internet connection speed among Asia-Pacific countries with 4.5 megabits per second (mbps). A bit higher in the list was India with 5.6 mbps.

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PRESIDENT Duterte was still in Russia last week when he announced in a television interview that he was turning down President Trump’s invitation to visit the White House. He had been personally invited by Trump in a telephone conversation on Trump’s 100th day in office.

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THE death of 38 people at the Resorts World Manila hotel-casino in Pasay Ciy early Friday morning has drawn nationwide and even worldwide attention for many reasons, including the unusual circumstances of the tragedy and fears that terrorism abroad may now be threatening our shores.

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The attack on Marawi City by the Maute Group was deemed an act of rebellion, for which President Duterte proclaimed martial law in Mindanao. After several days of fighting, the Maute remained entrenched in some parts of the city, including the Marawi City Jail and the nearby Malabang District Jail.

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AS early as September, 2016, new President Duterte called for the revival of the citizenship training program known as Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) which used to be a requirement in the freshman and sophomore years in all colleges in the country, until some unfortunate incidents led to its end in 2001.

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A week after the latest of several ballistic missile tests aimed, North Korean officials said, at reaching the United States mainland, they announced the mass production of a new anti-aircraft weapon system and its deployment throughout the country.

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