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#WalangPasok – Class suspensions for July 24 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his second State of the Nation Address tomorrow, July 24 2017, at the House of Representatives in Batasan Hills, Quezon City. In anticipation of possible traffic jams because of the scheduled public protests and the stationing of thousands of police

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#WeWantUberGrab: LTFRB goes to war vs Uber, Grab

Two stories related to the transportation industry dominated the headlines today, July 17. First, there’s the caravan (or was it a strike?) that militant group PISTON or Pinag-isang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide organized to once more reiterate their opposition to the gradual jeepney phaseout plan

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COMMENTARY: DepEd, Catholic schools, and LGBT students

(This is the second in a two-part series. The first one can be accessed here.) Despite the noble goals of DepEd’s push for a gender-responsive basic education, this is not likely to go smoothly. At this point we will discuss two major reasons why. 1)

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Saying goodbye to my fluffy friend “Meow”

The past two months have never been the same again for me here at home. The feeling of loss persists, even to this day. And through this blog, I’ll share to the world my sad story. I don’t exactly recall when and how “Meow” became

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COMMENTARY: DepEd’s push for gender-responsive education

(This is the first of a two-part series.) Late last month, the Department of Education (DepEd) rolled out its newly-developed framework for a gender-responsive basic education or GRBE. This move came a week after the United States-based Human Rights Watch released a report noting that

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July 15 2017 declared holiday in Cordillera Region

The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) will be celebrating its 30th foundation anniversary this July 15, Saturday.  The theme for this year is “CAR @ 30: A Celebration of Unity.” The day is a special non-working holiday in all provinces under the region as mandated by President Rodrigo

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DepEd moves to strengthen protections for LGBT students

The Department of Education has released guidelines for the implementation of its newly-developed gender-responsive  basic education or GRBE policy, which includes strengthened protections for students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT). This came a week after the United States-based advocacy group Human Rights

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SC affirms Duterte’s martial law declaration in Mindanao

Voting 11-3-1, the Supreme Court has voted to uphold President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao. Eleven justices said yes to martial law for the entire Mindanao. Meanwhile, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, and Justice Alfredo Caguioa said