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As Senator JV Ejercito explained it, a simple law banning the use of cellphones by drivers while they are driving became an overnight sensation when the implementing agencies, LTO, LTFRB, MMDA, and HPG unanimously agreed to enforce the law although it was still premature by three to six months, depending on which spokesperson was speaking to media. The new anti-distracted driving act (ADDA) bans the use of cellphones but not navigational aids. A much older law bans the use of “accessories” and icky stuff like toy dogs with moving heads displayed on the dashboard. Are rosaries distracting?

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Martial law has been declared in Mindanao, after armed men, identified with the Maute Group, clashed with troops in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur. Initial reports, including the alleged burning of the local cathedral, caused President Duterte to proclaim martial law in Mindanao.

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Nearly 1 in 4 companies have admitted that some employees do more than 80 hours of overtime work per month, according to the Japanese government’s white paper on karoshi or death by overwork.

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Detractors’ descriptions of presidential policy range from “rash”, “short-sighted”, “whimsical”, “contradictory”, “knee-jerk” to “confusing”.

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Gusto mo sana magtinda ng siopao at siomai kaya lang natatakot ka malugi. Gusto mo sana palaguin ang pera mo at mag-negosyo kaya lang natatakot ka na baka mawala pa ito. Gusto mo sanang mag-invest sa stock market, kaya lang natatakot ka na baka hindi ka magtagumpay. Gustong-gusto mo mag-umpisa pero punong-puno ka ng takot.

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On his return from his trip to Beijing, China, where he attended the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, President Duterte made a surprising announcement that the leaders of turkey and of Mongolia had asked him to sponsor their membership in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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