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ANYTIME soon, one of the 88 Filipinos now held on Death Row in various countries around the world – where 2.5 million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) live and work today – will be scheduled for execution. As in all previous cases, the Philippines will make an appeal for clemency, with the nation hoping the appeal will be heeded and the Filipino death convict’s life spared.

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“The proceedings are running on parallel tracks,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the other day, in response to reports of alleged abuses committed in some police operations against the drug menace in the country.

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The execution of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Kuwait last Wednesday was a harsh reminder to us that there are today at least 88 Filipinos now confined in death rows in countries all over the world. They are among some 7.000 serving time in prison for various crimes in the host countries where they had sought and found work.

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In 2009, it was decided that a common station be built to allow travelers using Metro Manila’s two main train systems – the Light Rail Transit (LRT 1) and the Metro Rail Transit (MRT 3) – move from one system to the other. A third line from San Jose del Monte in Bulacan – MRT 7 – will eventually connect to the two lines.

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ALONG with the United States and the rest of the Western world, we celebrated New Year’s Day last January 1, with the usual fireworks and family gatherings at “Media Noche” midnight dinners. Today, January 28, we join China and much of the rest of Asia in celebrating the Lunar New Year (or Chinese New Year) also with fireworks and family gatherings.

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Two years after 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were killed in battle in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, it is back in the news with President Duterte announcing that he has ordered the creation of an independent commission to look into it.

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