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Frigates, submarines for our island country

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Act, RA 7898, was enacted on February 23, 1995, during the administration of President Fidel V. Ramos, with a budget of R50 billion for 15 years. Funding was halted in the wake of the Asian financial crisis in 1997 and succeeding administrations neglected the program until it expired in 2010.

EACH vaccine is designed for a specific disease it is intended to fight. Taken into the body by injection or orally, the vaccine, using killed or weakened virus or bacteria, simulates the human body to fight back by creating anti-bodies that destroy the intruding disease agents. Then the anti-bodies remain in the body, ready to fight any new attack by the same disease.

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As fast as we can click and send, we can broadcast messages to friends, relatives and to just about anybody, anywhere in the world. This goes without saying, however, that here in the Philippines we are still considered as the digital turtle, and yet the most expensive, among our Asian neighbors.

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AS I write this column, news reports from the United States indicate that at least 50 people have been killed in what is being considered as the worst mass shooting incident in that country’s history.

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Gretchen endorses Marcos for VP

ACTRESS Gretchen Barretto has endorsed Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. for vice president in the 2016 national elections.

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