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President Duterte’s decision to let the homeless Kadamay folk keep the vacant housing units they had taken over in Pandi, Bulacan, averted a clash that would have been embarrassing to the government. The Kadamay people appeared ready to make a stand to keep the houses which, they pointed out, had been vacant anyway and unused for years.

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PRESIDENT Duterte has a truly difficult task with regards to a group of islands in the South China Sea west of Palawan. Collectively known as the Kalayaan islands, they include Pagasa (37.2 hectares), Likas (18.6 hectares), Parola (12.7 hectares), Lawak (7.93 hectares), and Kota (6.45 hecares). Filipino fishermen live there today; they have been on Lawak since 1970.

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WITH the United States missile attack on a Syrian airbase last Friday, the war in Syria entered a new phase that may soon end the seven-year stalemate – or raise the war to a new level of violence.

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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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