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LTFRB rules on Uber and Grab

#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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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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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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COA: 115 Pisay scholars must pay gov’t P19M for not taking science courses

The Commission on Audit (COA) has recommended that the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) go after its graduates who breached their respective scholarship agreements when they decided not to pursue a college degree in the field of science and technology.  Managed by the Department of

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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

Pacquiao-Horn rematch

Manny Pacquiao: From national hero to polarizing politician

Earlier today, Jeffrey Horn of Australia shocked the boxing world by defeating eight-division world champion and Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao via unanimous decision,  117-111, 115-113, and 115-113. Some analysts are claiming that Pacquiao was robbed of the victory, and that perhaps a rematch is necessary

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#HeterosexualPrideDay – 13 examples of straight privilege in daily life

June is known all over the world as the Pride Month for LGBT people or lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders. For some reason, some quarters propagated the idea of having a “Heterosexual Pride Day” in recent years. That’s laughable because straight people  do not experience

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Do not forget that fake news sites have big financiers

A quick search on YouTube will yield several videos reporting about the purported arrest order of the Supreme Court and the Office of the Ombudsman against former President Benigno Aquino III. In the real world, there’s no such thing that happened, but those videos have