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In his final message on the National Budget for 2016, former President Aquino called on Congress to approve the Freedom of Information bill which was deemed an integral part of the Aquino Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Plan of 2012-2016. The administration bill, it was said, would promote greater transparency, accountability, and citizen participation in governance.

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There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”

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Is it true that first love never die? I’m a 25-year-old single female with this question that my girlfriends and I can’t answer. My mother once told me that no love will ever be like your first. As for us, single girls, we are at the stage where some have experienced two or three serious relationships that have not resulted in marriage. Some complain that “the feeling” is just not there like it was with their first love. My question is: Does the magic that occurs with the first person you love ever repeat itself?

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THE fight against the nefarious habit and activity of drugs is now at street level. Every day we wake up to the reality of blood and gore and how the illegal trade has germinated into a multi-billion business. As it goes, there are legitimate encounters between the police and those who continue to defy the call and warnings of the new Duterte Administration. There are however, as the President himself has pointed out, policemen who are cleaning-up their act, forever silencing their criminal connections from pointing fingers at their (joint) crooked enterprise. Dead men tell no tales. The press release being, the slain individual always “drug lords” or pusher.

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While two other cabinet secretaries faced the cameras and microphones to promise that construction of infrastructures and public works should now be done ‘round-the-clock, 24/7 to free up road space, we have yet to hear from the chief of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

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THE Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in November, 2013, on the ground that it allowed legislators to intervene or participate in carrying out projects after these had been approved by Congress in the General Appropriation Act.

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