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A more convincing drive needed for federalism

A SURVEY conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS) last March said only 27 percent of the respondents were aware of federalism, an idea long pushed by the Duterte administration. That is about one in every four Filipinos. Asked if they would support a federal system of government for the Philippines, 37 percent said yes, 29 […]

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It’s ridiculous, says Palace

The Human Rights Watch’s description of President Duterte’s second year in office as a human rights calamity was simply ridiculous, Malacañang said yesterday.

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Business group airs concern on recount

THE Makati Business Club (MBC) issued a statement last week urging the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to apply the same rules in its ongoing recount of vice-presidential votes as those the Commission on Elections (Comelec) used in its count after the 2016 elections. The PET recount is not a business and economic issue but the […]

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‘Grow, Grow, Grow’ with ‘Build, Build, Build’

The government’s “Build, Build, Build” program is about to begin in earnest, with 76 flagship projects already approved by the Duterte administration. The new Mactan International Airport, although begun during the previous Aquino administration, was inaugurated by President Duterte last June 7, setting the tone for the coming months and years when the 76 big projects will begin all over the country.

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We welcome the coming dialogue

PRESIDENT Duterte has formed a committee to hold a dialogue with Catholic and other religious leaders of the country, in the wake of his recent speech before newly elected barangay chairmen in Mindanao. It was in one of those speeches that he spoke out on his own religious beliefs which, he said, differ from what […]

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We need to do more to curtail supply of drugs

IN 2002, Congress enacted the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, Republic Act 9165, calling for random drug testing for high school and college-level students. The country was beginning to see the rising danger of drug addiction among the youth and random drug testing was among the earliest moves planned against it.

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