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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources cancelled on February 2 the permits of 23 metal mines and suspended those of five others for various violations of environmental law. The 23 firms had reportedly encroached on watersheds, leaking wastes into rivers.

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As Jesus came down from the mountain with Peter, James, and John, and approached the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and scribes arguing with them. Immediately on seeing [Jesus], the whole crowd was utterly amazed. They ran up to him and greeted him. He asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” Someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I have brought to you my son possessed by a mute spirit.

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RESEARCHERS from Japan’s National Institute of Informatics are warning consumers to stop flashing the peace sign in selfies, because it is possible for identity thieves to detect and capture finger prints from the image, which can be used to trick biometric sensors increasingly used to secure phones, PCs, financial services and apartment building door-locking systems.

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FOLLOWING President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement that he plans to revive the Ameri-can-inspired Philippine Constabulary (PC), the reactions, especially the non-conformist views, have been varied and, at times, ambivalent.

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THREE weeks after President Duterte assumed office in June, 2016, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported that 8,110 drug users and pushers had been arrested in the period May 10-July 10, while 35,276 had surrendered to the police. This was on top of thousands killed in police operations.

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Jesus summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the Gospel will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? What could one give in exchange for his life? Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

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