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President Donald Trump suffered his first major setback in February when he issued an executive order banning the entry of travelers from seven mainly Muslim countries, which was quickly rejected by the courts in several states for violating the constitutional ban on religious discrimination. He revised the order, reducing the seven banned nations to six, but this was also rejected by the courts on the same grounds. A Hawaii court added one other reason – the strict restrictions would damage the state’s tourism industry which depends heavily on visitors. This was Strike One against Trump’s move to tighten the rules against the entry of foreigners out of a fear of terrorist attacks.

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The Department of Education has decided to do its part about a growing health problem in the country. Secretary of Education Leonor Briones issued a memorandum last March 17 to promote the long-lasting benefits of a healthy diet and improve the eating habits of students, teachers, and personnel of the department.

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SENATORS meeting with Malacañang officials in the Presidential-Legislative Liaison Office last Tuesday listed ten priority bills which will be tackled by the chamber when it resumes sessions on May 2 after the Holy Week recess.

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Summer in the Philippines begins in the month of March. Probably because of the summer heat, fires are more likely to start at this time of the year, so March observed as Fire Prevention Month as a way to remind people to be extra careful this month.

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PRESIDENT Duterte met with the Filipino community in Bangkok, Thailand, last Thursday and spoke of his wish that the time will come when Filipinos do not have to leave the country to find work. “Ang dream ko sa Pilipinas – hindi ko na maabot yan pero sisimulan ko – in 10 years hindi na kayo lalabas ng bansa,” he said.

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THE nations of the world have traditionally been ranked according to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which measures the market value of goods and services produced by a nation in a given year. This year, the United States ranks first in GDP, followed by China, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, France, India, Italy, Brazil, and Canada.

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