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THE national government faces a real problem in Bulacan where some 5,000 homeless people have taken over some 4,000 vacant housing units in several government housing projects in Pandi and San Jose del Monte.

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PEACE talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front-Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (NDF-CPP-NPA) broke down early last February over a demand of the NDF-CPP-NPA for the release of some 400 political prisoners.

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BENHAM Rise has been in the news lately. This is an undersea region as big as Luzon 250 kilometers east of Isabela 5,000 meters above the sea floor, and 3,000 meters below sea level. It is a seismically active region which, scientists believe, affected the Philippine Fault System to the west in 1990, causing the disastrous earthquake that hit Baguio City in that year.

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We can understand Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s desire to remove party allies led by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from their key positions in the House of Representatives for voting against the death penalty bill.

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BANGKO Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. said Monday he sees no need to adjust Philippine interest rates in the face of the expected rise in US rates sometime this month. But the BSP is closely monitoring the situation, he assured, and is ready to take any needed action at its policy meeting on March 23.

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MILF, MNLF, Abu Sayyaf, and peace in Mindanao

ARMED Forces of the Philippines (AFP) troops have stepped up their drive against the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu. They have killed 17 of the outlaws, including two relatives of Abu Sayyaf leader Radullan Sahiron, while 18 soldiers have been wounded, the AFP said this last weekend.

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