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UP admin embarrasses itself over honorary degree for Duterte faux pas

First of all, let’s have a recap of how the entire hullabaloo began. Last April 19, several media outlets reported that the University of the Philippines Board of Regents (BOR) intends to give President Rodrigo Duterte a doctor of laws degree honoris causa. The one quoted in

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“AT WHAT COST?” – Gina Lopez is right about mining

Secretary Gina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, whose confirmation remains pending before the Commission on Appointments, is unwavering in her opposition to irresponsible mining. In a one-minute video posted on her official Facebook page last April 6, Lopez challenged her critics

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Dear Duterte admin: Do not postpone the 2017 barangay elections

It remains unclear if the synchronized barangay and sangguniang kabataan (SK) elections scheduled for October 23, 2017 will materialize or not. During a recent trip to Myanmar, President Rodrigo Duterte said that he is not only considering postponing the elections – he might also have

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#BatangasEarthquakes – Time to take disaster preparedness more seriously!

Even students of elementary level Science know that the Philippines is very vulnerable to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions because it is part of the so-called Pacific “ring of fire.” According to the National Geographic magazine, 90% of all earthquakes in this planet each year occur

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‘Die Beautiful’ puts spotlight on various issues affecting Pinoy LGBTs

(This article won 2nd place in the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival essay writing contest – teachers’ category, the awarding ceremony for which was held last March 27. – MM) Even before it started, the organizers of the recently-concluded 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF)

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Duterte’s confused policy toward China, in two quotes

Just a few hours after assuming the Presidency, Rodrigo Duterte already expressed his desire not to antagonize China. In his first meeting with members of his Cabinet, Duterte said the country should not “taunt or flaunt” the then-looming decision of the United Nations Permanent Court

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Will disagreement over death penalty ruin Arryoyo and Duterte’s alliance?

The sudden reorganization of the Senate leadership last Monday made it very clear that the legislative allies of President Rodrigo Duterte are already ditching the noble idea of maintaining a “super-majority” and instead go for a smaller majority that will really support the administration’s priorities. Liberal

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For Leila de Lima, what comes around goes around

Earlier today, Judge Juanita Guerrero of the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court issued a warrant of arrest against Senator Leila De Lima, her former driver Ronnie Dayan, and former Bureau of Corrections chief Rafael Ragos. This is in connection to the trio’s alleged involvement in the