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Balancing the healthy and the affordable is a tough challenge particularly for the government as it is responsible in serving the people with both health and economic welfare.

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Safeguards

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The two chambers of the Congress of the Republic of the Philippines have spoken. They support the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao. The Senate and the House of Representatives also took the stand that no joint session of Congress is necessary to discuss and consider President Duterte’s declaration, including the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus.

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For many Filipinos, especially those who experienced martial law during the incumbency of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, it is not good.

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Child sexual exploitation is growing at an alarming rate and the worsening problem is attributed to advancements in communications technology. More children are sexually abused and the abuse conveniently happens through the Internet technology.

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The recent tragedy on the death of 32 and the injuries suffered by 45 other individuals aboard the Leomarick bus at Carranglan, Nueva Ecija is a crystal clear proof that our transportation authorities have never learned enough lessons from previous tragedies including the accident in Tanay, Rizal that happened last February and claimed the life of 15 individuals—all but one were students of Bestlink College of the Philippines-Quezon City.

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In his recent official trip to countries in the Middle East, President Rodrigo Duterte announced before the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) the creation of “Department of OFWs” – a national government agency that will be responsible for the design, production and delivery of services to Filipinos working abroad. Such services obviously include interventions on OFW problems like illegal recruitment, employer maltreatment, and criminal case convictions.

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