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Secretary Judy Taguiwalo of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) became the third cabinet member of President Duterte to be rejected by the Commission on Appointments (CA) last Wednesday, after Perfecto Yasay Jr. of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Gina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

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THE first time we cancelled the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in October, 2016, it was largely because of “election fatigue.” The nation had just been through the presidential election of May, 2016, which elected President Duterte. It was felt that it would be best to postpone the barangay and SK elections at least one year to October 23, 2017.

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A UNITED States Navy destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, carried out last week what the US calls a “Freedom of Navigation Operation” (FNO) in the South China Sea. It passed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by China on Mischief Reef in the Spratly Island group.

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THE Philippine government’s move to spread Wi-Fi Internet access all over the country shows the great importance it attaches to the Internet’s role in the national life. Among President Duterte’s proud announcements in his State-of-the-Nation Address last July 24 was that the government has now established 400 public “hotspots” nationwide where Filipinos can gain access to the Internet.

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THE initial attempt to enforce RA 10913, the Anti-Distracted Driving Act, last May was snagged in controversy when traffic enforcers sought to include bans that were not actually in the law, such as on rosaries hanging from rear-view mirrors and statuettes of the Virgin Mary on dashboards.

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A TELEVISION screen at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, early last week showed a map with a line from North Korea (NK) southeast 3,500 kilometers to Guam in the western Pacific Ocean. It was shown to illustrate North Korea’s threat that it was now planning for a salvo of four test missiles that would land near the United States (US) territory of Guam.

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