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TRAVEL: Firefly-watching on Buhatan River

By Camille Anne M. Arcilla THE SIGHT of a swarm of fireflies sparkling in a dark night may seem like a scene from a fantasy movie or one of those teleseryes where the leading lady closes her eyes and whispers her wish on a firefly. But the scene was no fantasy — rather, it was 

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Wife accuses Comelec chair of ‘unexplained wealth’

MANILA, Philippines – The wife of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista is accusing him of having nearly P1 billion worth of unexplained wealth, according to a report on Monday, August 7. Bautista denied the accusations, saying it was an “extortion attempt.” Patricia Paz “Tish” Bautista said in an affidavit submitted last August 1 

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2017 SONA dismissive of PH socioecon problems—IBON

The 2017 State of the Nation Address was dismissive of the Philippines’ serious socioeconomic problems especially joblessness, poverty and inequities, research group IBON said. The President even tended to oversimplify the economic situation to justify authoritarianism, said the group. President Duterte delivered Monday his second State of the Nation Address to the country’s senators and 

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Change? Not three decades after EDSA, not under PDP–IBON

The Philippines remains backward and underdeveloped with severe inequality 31 years after the so-called EDSA revolution, research group IBON said. The Duterte administration’s new Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 will not change this, said the group, in continuing the failed neoliberal policies of the Marcos regime and all subsequent administrations. EDSA 1986 was a repudiation of 

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COURTESY CALL.  Giesel E. Arce, one of the Philippine delegates who participated at the China Primary Math Olympiad made a courtesy call with Ms. Teresa Magpantay, Principal, Basic Elementary Department (left) and Associate Professor Cristina M. Castro-Cabral, VP for Academic Affairs of Colegio de San Juan de Letran last 1 August 2017.
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Grade Four student from Letran wins China Math Olympiad

Another Letranite has emerged triumphant in mathematics. Giesel E. Arce scored three silver medals and one bronze in the 2017 China Primary Math Olympiad held last July 26 to 31 at Huangzhou, China. The Grade 4 student from Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Intramuros, Manila, did well enough in the individual comprehensive, team 

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Lumad leader urges Duterte to build rather than destroy IP schools

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – To address the indigenous people’s lack of access to education, President Rodrigo Duterte should build more schools rather than threatening to bomb educational facilities in Mindanao’s tribal communities, a tribal leader said on Wednesday. Datu Jomorito Goaynon, regional chairperson of the tribal group Kalumbay in Northern Mindanao, said it 

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NUPL: The danger of deranged solutions

Statement of the National Union of People’s Lawyers on President Rodrigo Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address, July 24, 2017 Two years after President Rodrigo Duterte wheedled his way into the presidency with his much touted promise of change, strongman fantasies and semantic tricks, his once nascent fascism has finally reared its ugly head. 

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SONA protesters face Duterte

By DEE AYROSO Bulatlat MANILA – On his second State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Duterte made another record first, as right after giving his two-hour official speech inside Congress, he walked straight outside to Batasan Road, to face thousands of protesters who had just spent the whole day criticizing his administration. His appeal 

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State of the Bakwit Address

On Marawi bombings and evacuations July 24, 2017 SANA MAWAKASAN ANG DALAWANG BUWAN NANG PAG-AALINLANGAN: This statement was delivered by Omelhayyaah M. Sharief, an evacuee from Marinaut, Marawi City during the State of the Bakwit Address today, July 24, at Mahad Al-Nor Al Islamie, Madrasa, Ceanuri Subdivision, Iligan City Assalamu Allaykum Warrahmatullahi WaBarrakatuhu! Magandang araw 

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Military operations in Lianga, Surigao del Sur displace Lumad community

Less than a year after returning home Dear friends, Military elements in full combat gear conducted operations in nine (9) communities in the mountain areas of Lianga, San Miguel and San Agustin in Surigao del Sur since July 2, 2017. These communities have recently just returned home in September 2016, after spending a year in 

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