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For the common ordinary folk who have long seen the problems bedeviling the country – corruption, criminality, illegal drugs, breakdown of law and order – he said they have to be stopped by all means that the law allows.

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ON this day, June 30, six years ago, the newly elected president Benigno Simeon Aquino III arrived in Malacañang, where he met with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. From Malacañang, the two leaders rode together to the Independence Grandstand at Rizal Park. President Arroyo then departed in her own car and the new President Aquino took to the stage to take his oath of office as the 15th President of the country.

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THE ordeal of Filipina hostage Marites Flor is over. Nine months after she was taken from a resort on Samal island in the Davao Gulf with Canadians Robert Hall and John Ridsdel and Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad in September, 2015, she was released last Friday through the efforts of President-elect Duterte, Sulu Gov. Sakur Tan, and Secretary Jesus Dureza, incoming presidential adviser on the peace process.

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THE Department of Justice (DoJ) has dismissed criminal complaints filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against several employees and police personnel assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in the alleged “Tanim-Bala” scam victimizing unwary passengers.

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President Aquino vetoed Senate Bill 2720 and House Bill 6411, providing for an increase in the salaries of government nurses, along with Senate Bill 2581 and House Bill 3674 seeking the condonation of unpaid income taxes of local water districts.

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IN all masses from June 21 to June 29, a prayer is now being read asking God to bless the nation’s leaders with “true love for the poor,” with “passion for truth,” with “sincere generosity and courageous simplicity of lifestyle,” with “spirit of heroic sacrifice,” and true reverence for human life and unheeding opposition to the culture of death.”

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