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WHEN President Marcos declared martial law in 1972, he drew his authority from Article VII, Section 11(2) of the 1935 Constitution which provided in part: “… In case of invasion, insurrection, or rebellion, or imminent danger thereof, when the public safety requires it, he may suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, or place the Philippines or any part thereof under martial law.”

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ON the eve of his first scheduled appearance on a world stage, President Duterte found himself in a confrontational situation with President Obama of the United States (US) when Obama cancelled their meeting on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane, Laos.

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PHILIPPINE tourism has been in the news lately, highlighted by reports that plans are well underway for the holding of Miss Universe 2017 in Manila in January, 2017. The first time Miss Universe was held in Manila was in 1974, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, followed 20 years later in 1994 at the Philippine International Convention Center.

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Terrorist attacks

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SUDDENLY, we have joined the countries that have been hit by terrorist attacks. In November last year, Paris, France, was attacked by armed men identified with the Islamic State who killed a total of 130. Last March, attacks in Brussels, Belgium, killed 30. In July, a gun and suicide bomb rampage at the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, killed 45. This was closely followed by an attack on a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh, that killed 20 foreigners. The next day, a suicide car bomb exploded in a crowded shopping area in Baghdad, Iraq, killing 213.

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Libingan ng Bayan

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At the start of the Supreme Court’s hearing of oral arguments on the issue of whether to allow the burial of the remains of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro remarked: “I think it is the name that creates controversy.” She was referring to the name of the cemetery “Libingan ng mga Bayani.”

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Spirit of the season

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THE first day of September is a special day for many Filipinos who see it as beginning of the long Christmas season in the Philippines. They look forward to hearing early morning radio broadcasts of Christmas carols, quite prematurely, of course, but then people take it all with a smile. After all, this is the Philippines and we love our Christmas season.

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