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The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) recently “intensified” the implementation of its motorcycle lane policy and system in major thoroughfares in Metro Manila as one of the immediate measures in easing the traffic problem.

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If not now . . .

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Should the Department of Transportation stop using “emergency” and find another word, something bland, maybe? A crisis is bad enough without another crisis, an emergency, to solve it. The solutions are projected to cost P7 trillion, which is another reason senators and congressmen are not keen about assisting in the delivery of such a costly mammoth to another branch of government.

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OPINION surveying is probably most advanced in the United States where it has long been a key part of the political scene. In the last US presidential election, however, nearly all surveys appeared to be off the mark. Most predicted a Hillary Clinton win – one said she had an 80 percent chance of winning the Electoral College vote. But when the votes were counted, Donald Trump had won.

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The signs of the end

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While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, “All that you see here – the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.” Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?” He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’ Do not follow them! When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.” Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.”

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Scientists have scoured fossil records to find out one of the greatest mysteries of the “origin of bird”. They have uncovered surprising twists in the evolution of birds from their flightless ancestors. The quest to understand the origin of birds and other animals began in earnest over 150 years ago.

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It is still two months before new American President Donald Trump assumes office in Washington, DC, but we are beginning to feel the initial effects of his coming presidency. Last Tuesday, Secretary Silvestre Bello III of the Department of Labor and Employment announced that the government is ready to provide assistance to about 271,000 Filipinos facing deportation when the new administration takes over on January 20, 2017.

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