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INTERNET users have long complained of the very slow Internet speed in the country, the slowest in Southeast Asia and one of the slowest in all of Asia. The Philippines has an average Internet speed of only 2.8 megabits per second (mb/s), compared to South Korea’s 26.7, Sweden’s 19.1, Japan’s 17.4, and Hong Kong’s 16.8 in the Akamai Technologies’ State of the Internet report for 2015. In our part of the world, Singapore has 12.5 mb/s; Taiwan, 10.1; and Indonesia, 7.8.

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THE American, Philippine, and Malaysian navies begin today a training exercise in the Sulu Sea as part of the US Pacific Fleet’s Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) program. The program was begun in 1995 to promote cooperation and interoperability between US forces and other participating nations, with the goal of bolstering security and stability in the region. Participating ships and aircraft from the three nations will conduct communication drills, maritime security coordination, and maritime domain awareness training.

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IN one of his last acts as president of the republic, President Aquino inaugurated last May 26 the First Cabanatuan Renewal Venture’s 10.2-megawatt solar power plant on 12 hectares of land in Cabanatuan City.

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AMONG the prospective cabinet members of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, former Gov. Manny Piñol of North Cotabato appears to have already started moving so that when the new administration takes over on June 30, the Department of Agriculture will not be wasting any time in getting its programs underway.

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EVEN before he takes his oath as president of the Philippines on June 30, Rodrigo Duterte faces a critical test and challenge to his leadership on June 13. This is the deadline set by the Abu Sayyaf for the payment of ransom for kidnap victims they had seized eight months ago from a Samal island resort near Davao City.

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With the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), the Philippine government finally acknowledges this new and fast-spreading field of technology in the delivery of services to the people.

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