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Focus on our teachers in the coming elections

THE nation’s teaches have been in the news lately, with Secretary of Education Leonor Briones appealing last week against a move to tax the honoraria paid to public school teachers doing election work on Monday, May 14. These should even be increased, she said.

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The early humans of Kalinga in Luzon

The Philippines found itself at the center of international scientific attention last week when paleonthologists at France’s National Museum of Natural History announced the discovery of evidence that as early as 700,000 years ago, early humans lived in Kalinga, in the Cordillera region of Luzon.

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Parties starting to plan for senatorial elections

A year before the senatorial election in May, 2019, the nation’s political party leaders are beginning to organize tickets they will field in the mid-term polls.

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So much opposition to Charter change

OPINION survey results released by Pulse Asia last Wednesday said 64 percent of Filipinos oppose the move to amend the Constitution – up from 44 percent in 2016. Opposition to Charter change was strongest in Luzon outside Metro Manila – 71 percent; Metro Manila – 59 percent; and Mindanao – 58 percent.

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Kuwait, labor contracts, & rising joblessness

KUWAIT continued on the front pages of media this week, as President Duterte banned the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Arab nation, which had ordered the Philippine ambassador to leave in the wake of a video showing two maltreated Filipino maids escaping with the aid of Philippine embassy staff.

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Rio Hondo: Pollution problem is all over

OFFICIALS were on their way last week to inspect a government housing facility for victims of the 2013 Zamboanga siege when the wooden footbridge they were walking on collapsed. They all fell into the murky water surrounding the houses on stilts built by the National Housing Corporation in barangay Rio Hondo, Zamboanga City.

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