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DESTABILIZATION or destab, it was a stab in the back, what the Vice President did in bringing the country’s problems to the UN. It doesn’t help that the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs for whom her meant-to-tell-all tape was intended has issued a disclaimer on the date the tape was received and aired. The harm has been done, thank you very much.

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MEMBERS of Congress led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III commented after the filing of an impeachment complaint against President Duterte that it is baseless and it is, therefore, not expected to prosper.

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Last February 7, 2017, the University of the Philippines conferred the first ever Gawad Oblation awards on distinguished alumni who excelled in their own fields. I was fortunate enough to be included in its first batch of awardees.

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There should be no problem for the Philippines over Benham Rise to the east of Luzon. There we are the sole claimant and the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf ruled in 2012 that Benham Rise is part of the Extended Continental Shelf of the Philippines. It is not Philippine territory, we have no ”sovereignty” over it, but we have “sovereign rights” – exclusive rights to explore and exploit the oil, gas, and other mineral resources in that undersea plateau as big as the island of Luzon.

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Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”

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Solving the traffic problem in Metro Manila, especially in EDSA is undoubtedly a tough job. While we should commend the current leadership of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for the various initiatives to solve the problem, we also need to point out that the agency and other concerned government agencies also need a serious follow through of previous initiatives and a strict implementation of traffic rules and regulations as well as other applicable laws.

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