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FILIPINO fishermen thanked President Duterte profusely when they were finally allowed to return to their old fishing grounds at Scarborough Shoal – known to us as Panatag or Bajo de Masinloc – last month after four years that they were blocked by Chinese vessels claiming the area as Chinese territory.

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THE proposed P2,000 increase in the pensions of Social Security System (SSS) retirees, it may be recalled, was vetoed by then President Aquino in January this year, after raising such high hopes among the thousands of old retirees receiving pensions of as little as P2,500 a month.

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IN 1947, a Memorial Cemetery for Filipino military personnel who had served in World War II was set up within Fort Bonifacio in Bicutan, Taguig City. The war had ended in 1945 and a new Philippine republic established in 1946. The many Filipino soldiers who had died in the war, from privates to generals, would have a fitting resting place.

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JOINT Philippine-American exercises begin today for the month-long Balance Piston in Palawan, with 40 elite Filipino troopers taking part. The US and Philippine officials have agreed to forego live-fire maneuvers, Philippine Army spokesman Col.

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OPINION surveying is probably most advanced in the United States where it has long been a key part of the political scene. In the last US presidential election, however, nearly all surveys appeared to be off the mark. Most predicted a Hillary Clinton win – one said she had an 80 percent chance of winning the Electoral College vote. But when the votes were counted, Donald Trump had won.

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It is still two months before new American President Donald Trump assumes office in Washington, DC, but we are beginning to feel the initial effects of his coming presidency. Last Tuesday, Secretary Silvestre Bello III of the Department of Labor and Employment announced that the government is ready to provide assistance to about 271,000 Filipinos facing deportation when the new administration takes over on January 20, 2017.

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