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SLOW Internet service has long been a problem in the Philippines. Internet speed in the country is reputed to be the slowest in Southeast Asia and among the slowest in all of Asia. As of 2016, over 44 million people (out of our total 100-million population) were reported using the Internet, but complaints about the service persist to this day.

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A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck Batangas last Tuesday, sending portions of the walls of the Taal Basilica crashing down, followed by 60 aftershocks that were felt all over Southern Luzon and Mindoro as well as Metro Manila and Bulacan.

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THE lean months for rice in the Philippines traditionally start in July and end in September. Last March, there were signs that the summer rice harvests may not be able to reach the targets set by the National Food Authority (NFA).

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UNITED States President Donald Trump and China President Xi Jinping are meeting in Florida Thursday (Friday, Manila time) on a wide range of issues with the whole world watching. The meeting is of special interest to us in the Philippines as the decisions they will reach on pending economic, political, and security issues are bound to affect us.

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WHILE the Philippines has won a great deal of world attention for its campaign against drugs, much of it critical due to the big number of deaths connected with it, another campaign against another form of addiction has won the plaudits of the World Health Organization (WHO). This is the national government’s campaign against tobacco addiction.

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TWO government spending programs were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court – the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) on November 19, 2013, and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) on July 1, 2014.

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