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The Hong Kong protests have taken on greater meaning following the increasing police brutality against peaceful protestors.
Hong Kong is a tinderbox.For the last four months, the streets have witnessed millions of Hongkongers marching in protest of the highly controversial extradition bill proposed by the Hong Kong government. The bill would allow for the extradition of wanted individuals to ...
 
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Ironically, elected officials are not required to pass the Civil Service Exam.
The Civil Service Examination is one of the most difficult examinations in the country. Every year, only around 10 percent of those who take it pass. For the Professional Level, the Civil Service Exam covers the following areas:We know a few elected ...
 
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At least where the Bureau of Customs is concerned.
Corruption is nothing new in the Philippines—to put it lightly—so any move to combat it is most welcome. The Bureau of Customs certainly hasn't been winning any awards in the Most Trustworthy category but at the very least they're trying. The next ...
 
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I should know. I've been there.
In the wake of Jeffrey Epstein’s death this past weekend, I’ve watched, on the television in my cell at Sing Sing, a parade of talking heads express everything from confusion to anger that such a high-profile person could kill himself while in ...
 
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Mayor Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman, mayor of Isabela, Basilan, proves religion can unite people.
In a divisive plebiscite in January in which the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) was ratified, Mayor Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman had campaigned for the inclusion of her city, Isabela, Basilan province in the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Her city had ...
 
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It doesn’t have to be this way—and in other parts of the world, it’s not.
Over this weekend—just before the mass shooting in El Paso, TX, which was just before the mass shooting in Dayton, OH, which was a few days after the mass shooting in Gilroy, CA— I’ve been at a music festival called All Together ...
 
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The water pollution in 3 towns in El Nido was found to be unsafe for swimming.
The six-month closure of Boracay gave the island paradise a much-needed break, and it seems like another tourist destination is next on the government's list of closures. The three barangays in Bacuit Bay and one in Corong-Corong—both in El Nido, Palawan—are being recommended for a three-month long closure by the Department of the Interior and ...
 
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The 30-year-old mayor toppled a political stranglehold that existed his entire life, but will he be able to break the wheel.
We met at the clubhouse. The space was sparse, hardly what you would call a politician’s office. There was no gaudy table in the middle of the room, no gaudy nameplate advertising the holder’s name, no via crucis of portraits and handshakes adorning ...
 
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A quick primer on what you need to know about the President’s biggest speech of the year.
Let’s face it. The President’s SONA speech is boring.Think back to all the other SONA speeches you’ve heard before, and try to recall at least one line. Unless you’re that kind of person, you’d be hard-pressed to recall much.But make no mistake: ...
 
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This is what would happen if the Philippines left the United Nations.
Last week, Iceland led the United Nations Human Rights Commission in drafting a resolution that calls for concrete actions, which could also include UN investigation, into the alleged drug war in the Philippines.The move ruffled many feathers, particularly those of Senator Vicente ...
 
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The Safe Spaces Act has put heavier penalties for online sexual harassment than those occurring in physical public spaces.
Beware: Sharing other people’s photos online could be considered sexual harassment, according to the Safe Spaces Act, a new law in the Philippines. The law prohibits catcalling, wolf whistling, and unwanted sexual advances, but also defines the prohibited acts online.Many thought that ...
 
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A bitter falling out with the Estradas lead the former basketball player to the top spot in the city.
Born and raised in San Juan City, Francis Zamora III was exposed early on to local politics. His father, Ronaldo “Ronnie” Zamora, congressman of the lone district of San Juan, was first elected as a Parliament member of the Interim Batasaan Pambansa ...
 
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Hmmm.
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Global Rights Index is an annual report that lists the best countries to work in, based on the country’s promotion of workers’ welfare. For three consecutive years, the Philippines has been named one of the world’s ...
 
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A USAID-funded project provides high school graduates aged 18 to 24 with work-based skills training.
Jobellyn Barbasa serves as chef de cuisine, the highest position in the kitchen of Escolta at the Peninsula Manila. Barbasa joined the culilnary industry in 2012, and quickly rose through the ranks.“When I started at Escolta Restaurant, it was very difficult because I ...
 
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The window to prevent the worst of it is closing fast, while water scarcity in mainland Asia is the prelude to the next big war.
It is a long held belief here in the shebeen that, thanks to those clever Chinese climate hoaxsters, the next world wars are going to be fought not over oil, but over water. This is especially true in places like India, which ...
 
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Filipino and Panitikan subjects are no longer required teaching for colleges and universities.
In an incredible twist of irony during National Heritage Month, the Supreme Court of the Philippines on Sunday, May 26, 2019, upheld a decision it made in October 2018 declaring Filipino and Panitikan (Literature) as non-core subjects in college, meaning they are ...
 
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Far from being simple messages on a wall, protest art is a reflection and a subversion.
We’ve all encountered protest art at least once: the unsubtle writing on the wall calling for an end to imperialism, an effigy of the President being burned or maimed during a protest, or songs and stories about the harsh realities of society. ...
 
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The Endo Bill hurdles the third reading in the Senate, the closest it has ever come to becoming a law.
The Philippines may see the end of contractual employment, more commonly known as "Endo."Endo, which refers to the end of contract of employment, is a legal loophole sometimes used by companies in order to cut costs. In this practice, workers are terminated ...
 
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These Filipino Senators were not politicians but real statesmen.
In the entire course of Philippine politics, very few Filipino statesmen have held office. That is because a politician is the opposite of a statesman: a politician preserves political capital for survival, while a statesman expends political capital to uphold principles. A politician ...
 
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What drives voters to choose the people they want?
This year’s elections are one of the most contentious in the history of the Automated Election System. Massive reports of electoral fraud by citizens and poll watchdog groups, documented cases of blatant red-tagging and black propaganda by state forces, rampant vote-buying, and violence in the ...
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