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In 2001, in the pervading mood of national resentment following complaints against certain units of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) in Philippine universities, highlighted by the death of a cadet whose body was found floating in the Pasig River in 2001, Congress enacted RA 9163 , the National Service Training Program Act, that effectively stopped the ROTC program which had long been required for all college students in the country.

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THE election of Emmanuel Macron as the new president of France was welcomed by many world leaders who had feared that France might go the way of the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) with their inward-looking protectionist policies.

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THE Manila police were quick to rule out terrorism in their investigation of two Quiapo explosions this week that killed two persons and wounded six others. Terrorism, they explained, is violence that has no particular target; it just seeks to sow fear among the people in general.

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The House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means approved last Wednesday the proposed Comprehensive Tax Reform Package of the administration by a vote of 17 for, 4 against, and 3 abstaining. It now goes to the House plenary for discussion.

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SEN. Paolo “Bam” Aquino has called for a Senate inquiry into the discovery of a “secret cell” inside the Raxabago police station in Tondo, Manila. A team of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) had made an unannounced visit to the police station last Thursday night and found 12 people sitting on the floor in a small space behind the wooden cabinet.

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ON his 100th day in office last Saturday, United States President Donald Trump celebrated with a rally with his core supporters in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, while thousands marched in an Earth Week rally in Washington, DC, against his policies on climate change. He railed against the US media for allegedly not giving due importance to his accomplishments, while the traditional White House press dinner was held without its usual guest of honor.

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