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THERE is an apocryphal story making the rounds, that drug suspects arrested by the police ask that they be handcuffed with their hands behind their backs instead of in front. This way they cannot be accused later of trying to grab a policeman’s gun and suffering fatal consequences.

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THE housing problem in the country may not be as critical or as urgent as the energy problem or the transportation and traffic problem, but it is of utmost importance to the poorer sectors of the Philippine population many of whom continue to exist today as squatters in their own land.

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On June 23, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) approved a resolution extending the deadline for filing of Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) by candidates and their parties to June 30. It did this despite the specific provision of RA 7166, “An Act Providing for Synchronized National and Local Elections and for Electoral Reforms,” that the statements must be filed within 30 days after election day.

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In his final message on the National Budget for 2016, former President Aquino called on Congress to approve the Freedom of Information bill which was deemed an integral part of the Aquino Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Plan of 2012-2016. The administration bill, it was said, would promote greater transparency, accountability, and citizen participation in governance.

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THE Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in November, 2013, on the ground that it allowed legislators to intervene or participate in carrying out projects after these had been approved by Congress in the General Appropriation Act.

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IN his inaugural address last June 30, President Duterte said he wanted to announce some policies that could not wait for the next day. “I direct all department secretaries and heads of agencies,” he said, “to reduce requirements and the processing time of all applications from the submission to the release.”

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