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The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), in a recent report, has urged wealthy nations to make “essential payments” to developing countries where 90 percent of the world’s mangrove forests are found. Why? Because these mangrove forests can deter the further degradation of the world’s critical ecosystem. Mangroves absorb much more carbon pollutants than terrestrial forests.

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WHILE writing this column, President Rodrigo Duterte is in Japan for a state visit as part of his current diplomatic blitz. His dramatic shift to China, highlighted by his recent visit to Beijing, however, remains an interesting subject because it represents a “game-changing pivot in trade and investments.”

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Carmageddon

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The Duterte administration today hits its first 100 days but no solution is in sight yet for Metro Manila’s traffic nightmare.

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The testimonies by witnesses in the drug-related House and Senate inquiries are decidedly revolting, exasperating and embarrasing. They reflect the extent of corruption in our bureaucracy particularly in the National Penitentiary under the Department of Justice, and paint a shameful and hopeless image of our country in the world community.

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WITH violently destructive typhoons frequently hitting our country, a national agency dedicated to effective disaster management is a must. Albay Rep. Joey Salceda’s House Bill 1648 in Congress meets this urgent need. Disaster risk reduction (DRR) practitioners and advocates have pledged to support the measure.

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It’s been almost 30 years since EDSA Revolution. We’ve been ruled by a succession of five presidents including two Aquinos and we have moved on. Certain sectors, however, seem determined to hold us hostage of a painful past.

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