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THE Philippine government’s peace panel in the ongoing talks with the National Democratic Front-Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (NDF-CPP-NPA) said last Tuesday that it was “distressed and extremely disturbed” by the recent attacks mounted by the NPA in various parts of the country.

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IT may be time to step back and take a close look at the anti-drugs campaign after the last six months that it has been carried out in the country.

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THE Manila Bulletin is 117 years old today. It began as a modest four-page paper with shipping and other commercial information on February 2, 1900. It was the turn of a new century and the Philippines was entering a new and modern world after three and a half centuries of Spanish colonial rule.

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ANYTIME soon, one of the 88 Filipinos now held on Death Row in various countries around the world – where 2.5 million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) live and work today – will be scheduled for execution. As in all previous cases, the Philippines will make an appeal for clemency, with the nation hoping the appeal will be heeded and the Filipino death convict’s life spared.

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“The proceedings are running on parallel tracks,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the other day, in response to reports of alleged abuses committed in some police operations against the drug menace in the country.

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The execution of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Kuwait last Wednesday was a harsh reminder to us that there are today at least 88 Filipinos now confined in death rows in countries all over the world. They are among some 7.000 serving time in prison for various crimes in the host countries where they had sought and found work.

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