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JUST GOT TESTED! – Six reasons to take the HIV test now

The number of people living with human immunodeficiency virus or HIV has been steadily growing in the Philippines in recent years. According to the Department of Health (DOH), there were 9,200 Filipinos who tested positive for the virus, which is an increase of 18% from

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LONG WEEKEND – June 12 2017 declared a holiday

Filipinos will be marking the country’s 119th Independence Day (“Araw ng Kalayaan“) this coming June 12. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Kalayaan 2017: .” The day is a regular holiday as stipulated in President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 50, which he signed August of

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#FlashbackFriday – When Gloria Arroyo declared martial law in 2009

How much power does the Congress have to scrutinize President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao? And, how willing are congressional leaders to assert it? The answer, it seems, is not much. Speaking to ABS-CBN News, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said that

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Proclamation 216 – Duterte makes his martial law declaration official

Malacañang has released Proclamation 216, which officially placed Mindanao under martial law, late Wednesday night (May 24). Speaking upon his arrival from Russia yesterday, President Rodrigo Duterte said that he might not stop there because he is also considering putting the entire Visayas under martial law,

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President Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao – a commentary

President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the entire Mindanao under martial law, following the attacks organized by Maute group in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur throughout Tuesday (May 23). The Maute group has long pledged alliance to the international terrorist group Islamic State or ISIS. (ABS-CBN

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PUP postpones calendar shift; classes set to begin June 19

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) will not be pushing through its planned shift in academic calendar this year. The university announced today through its social media platforms that academic year 2017-2018 will still start this June instead of August, as originally scheduled.  Classes

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Ariana Grande’s Manila concert likely to be canceled

American entertainer Ariana Grande is reportedly suspending her world tour, which potentially includes her scheduled Philippine concert. This comes after an apparent suicide bomber attacked Manchester Arena in United Kingdom just after she performed there late Monday night (May 22 in London). The attack killed at

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May 26 2017 is not a holiday – NCMF

The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) clarified today that May 26 (Friday) is not a special non-working holiday, contrary to what is being speculated by some users on social media because it is the first day of the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims.

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End mass incarcerations in the Philippines

One of the most memorable images of President Rodrigo Duterte’s War on Drugs is a snapshot taken by Agence France Presse photographer Noel Celis inside the Quezon City Jail. Originally meant to house only 800 inmates, the facility is now handling almost 4,000 detainees. It’s

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Duterte’s reversal portends uncertainty for Pinoy LGBTs

This article is being published in connection to the International Day against Homophobia (IDAHO) 2017 The Philippines joined many other countries around the world in observing the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia or otherwise referred to as IDAHOBIT last May 17. It’s been