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THE Philippine campaign in the Rio Olympics comes to an end today when the last of the 13 Philippine athletes competes in the taekwondo competition. We have one silver medal to our credit, won by Hidilyn Diaz of Zamboanga City in the 53-kg category of women’s weightlifting, ending 20 years of Philippine Olympic medal drought.

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THE Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) started as a P9-billion aid program to help the poorest families in the country, adapted from programs in Brazil and Mexico by the Arroyo administration. When the Aquino administration took over in 2010, it not only continued the CCT program; it enlarged and spread it year after year until it had ballooned to P62 billion in 2015.

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EIGHTEEN detained peace consultants of the National Democratic Front (NDF) have been granted bail to enable them to join the formal peace talks with the Philippine government in Oslo, Norway, next week. The 18, along with two others covered by the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG), were released after the Solicitor General filed petitions with the Supreme Court which directed the lower courts concerned to give priority to hearings on motions for bail.

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AT the height of the rains last Sunday, with many areas flooded, a big part of Metro Manila found itself without water from its faucets. It was “water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink,” to quote the Rime of the Ancient Mariner about a ship stranded in uncharted waters near the equator.

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THERE were hopes that Internet speed in the Philippines – the slowest in Southeast Asia and one of the slowest in all of Asia – would speed up with the acquisition of additional spectrums by the Philippine Long Distance Co. (PLDT) and Globe Telecom, who run the two principal systems Smart and Globe. This was in May and the two systems immediately began to expand their services using the new frequency – 700 megahertz – they had jointly purchased from San Miguel Corp. (SMC)

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Our hope is that one day, working and living abroad will be “a choice, more than a need” for Filipinos. Vice President Leni Robredo restated this hope in a talk before members of the University of the Philippines Association and other members of the Filipino-American community at the Philippine Center in San Francisco, California, last week.

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