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At the start of his administration on June 30, 2016, President Duterte said he would issue an executive order to implement Freedom of Information – at least in the Executive Department. The President made good on his pledge with Executive Order No. 2, Series of 2016, on July 23.

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THE United States House of Representatives finally approved on Wednesday, November 30, the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Medal Act originally filed in 2015. The Senate had earlier approved the counterpart bill unanimously last July. The bill now goes to President Obama for his signature.

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WHILE officials argue about how to boost the capacity of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) or whether to move it to Sangley Point in Cavite, more and more passengers are turning to Clark in Pampanga.

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THE United States (US) will continue its aid program for the Philippines, but the focus will shift from drug control to maritime security, according to US State Department spokesman John Kirby. This is only to be expected as drug control has become a sensitive issue between Philippines and US officials.

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) had very laudatory words for the Philippine economy last Monday. Shanaka Jayanath Peiris, IMF resident representative, lauded our stronger-than-expected expansion in the third quarter of this year and so the IMF is set to upgrade its economic growth projection for the country, he said.

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The government and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) hope to conclude their peace talks as quickly as possible and implement it “while he (President Duterte) is still the president of the country,” Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza said last Friday at a forum with European ambassadors.

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