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WHEN the new administration of President Aquino began six years ago, there was hope that finally two long-awaited pieces of legislation would finally make it. These were the proposed Anti-Dynasty Law and Freedom of Information Law.

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President Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) today, the 25th day of his administration, before a joint session of Congress at the Batasan.

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THE Philippines joined 170 other nations at the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement at the United Nations headquarters in New York City last April 22. The nations pledged to carry out their respective programs to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, with the goal of limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

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THE response to the Supreme Court order dismissing the plunder case against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and calling for her release after four years of hospital arrest has been generally positive, with many citing her frail health.

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“IT’S about time we passed a measure that will institutionalize and strengthen political parties as pillars of the country’s democratic system,” Senate President Franklin Drilon said as he filed Senate Bill 226, the Political Party System Act.

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THE organizers of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics this August have reason to worry, with the recent series of terrorist attacks in France, Turkey, Bangladesh, and even in Medina, Islam’s second holiest city in Saudi Arabia.

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