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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and United States President Barack Obama went last Tuesday to Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, where World War II started in the Pacific in 1941. It was on December 8, 1941, that Japanese planes mounted a surprise attack on the US military installations at Pearl Harbor, destroying 20 ships and over 300 planes and killing 2,400 people, including 1,000 entombed in the USS Arizona which was sunk in the harbor.

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The year that ended last night – 2016 – was as a big year for the Philippines. The nation elected a new president but he was not of the same mold as previous leaders of the country. He promised change and in so many areas of the national life, this is what we are undergoing today.

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IN the ongoing discussion on the death penalty, which President Duterte wants to return so as to strengthen the rule of law, it is useful to note that the world – and the Philippines with it – has long debated this issue in the United Nations.

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THE Liberal Party, which enjoyed a premier status as the ruling party during the six years of the Aquino administration, appeared to be going the way of all defeated ruling parties after the new Duterte administration took over last June 30.

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The reported move to raze the Rizal Memorial Stadium and replace it with a commercial district with malls and condominiums has been met with a storm of protest from those who deplore the continuing loss of historic sites in Manila and fear the loss of even more due to the apathy of current and former city and other government officials.

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United States President-elect Donald Trump appeared to have started a nuclear arms race when he pronounced, via Twitter, his communication method of choice, that the US “must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

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