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Neither a saint nor a soldier.
President Rodrigo Duterte has finally found an official to replace Nicanor Faeldon as head of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), a position that has been laced with controversy in recent weeks. Duterte’s new BuCor chief is Gerald Bantag, a warden with a ...
 
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And the problem is more alarming than it seems.
American marine biologist Darrel Blatchley has spent the last 11 years pulling trash out of dead whales' carcasses in the Philippines. “I have recovered 64 whales in the Philippines in the last 10 years. Fifty-eight died due to humans. Forty-eight due to plastic,” ...
 
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Here's what you need to know.
The Department of Agriculture confirmed the African Swine Fever has hit the Philippines. Agriculture Secretary William Dar said that 14 out of the 20 pig blood samples sent for a laboratory test in the United Kingdom were found positive for African Swine ...
 
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Here's an easy way you can help them out.
The Rice Tariffication Law (RTL) is the act of liberalizing the importation, exportation, and trading of rice, lifting for the purpose of the quantitative import restriction on rice. The RTL doesn't limit the number of importers to bring in rice, but an ...
 
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 The premiere state university breaks into the top 500 for the first time.
London-based Times Higher Education has listed the University of the Philippines as 4th in the ASEAN region of top research universities.  In the world, it is in the 410-500 group, putting the Philippines on the global map of high-quality education.The University of the ...
 
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'Patayin na. Shoot to kill. They're on death row, aren't they?'
Last month, the public furor over the planned release of convicted child rapist and ex-mayor Antonio Sanchez sent heads rolling, particularly that of Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon. It also derailed Sanchez’s covert plans for release. Sanchez is serving more than ...
 
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For an agricultural country, it’s our farmers that suffer in the most.
Months prior to the passing of the controversial Rice Tariffication Law on February 15, 2019, analysts warned of the drastic toll the law would take on farmers—one of the marginalized groups in an ironically agricultural country. Their warnings proved true as seven ...
 
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The 1734 map was crucial in securing the Philippines’ victory in the West Philippine Sea case.
UPDATED: (9/14/19) The Murillo Velarde Map of 1734, otherwise known as the Carta Hydrographica Y Chorographica De La Yslas Filipinas Manila, and considered the most important historical map of the Philippines, sold for P46.2 million at Leon Gallery's The Magnificent September Auction.ORIGINAL: The Murillo Velarde Map of 1734, otherwise ...
 
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Well, over half of them, at least.
The only thing worse than not having what you want is being cursed to look at it every day—from afar. A feeling we're sure you get whenever you're hiking up the stairs to a Metro Rail Transit Line 3 station while the lonely-looking, broken escalator sits not ...
 
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Massive amounts of imported rice plunged prices of local produce and no one is buying them.
Palay or unhusked rice prices have plummeted across the Philippines’ rice-producing regions. In Nueva Ecija, described in elementary textbooks as the Rice Granary of the Philippines, a kilo of unhusked rice sells for a measly 7 pesos. Yet rice traders are not ...
 
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The former chief of the Bureau of Corrections is in hot water after disobeying the president’s orders and releasing some of the country’s worst criminals.
Former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Nicanor Faeldon is the man of the hour after the government official was publicly sacked by President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday, September 4. The former BuCor head failed to follow Duterte’s order not to release heinous crime ...
 
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According to them, marriage equality is a matter for Congress to decide.
The Supreme Court has junked a petition that sought to allow marriage equality in the Philippines. The court decided in a vote on September 3 to dismiss the petition filed by lawyer Jesus Nicardo Falcis III on the grounds of his lack ...
 
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Two cases will be used for the pilot testing of this new method.
Looks like the future beckons, but whether we're taking a step forwards or backwards is up to you: the Supreme Court will be conducting a two-year pilot test of hearing court cases via videoconferencing. Testing period started on September 2 at the Davao ...
 
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Suffice to say, we're here for it.
We've long known that the Philippines' pristine beaches are some of the best in the world. But now, after years of being in the shadow of our Southeast Asian counterparts, Filipino cuisine is finally getting its share of the global spotlight.Food has always ...
 
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In the unlikely case when all constitutional successors to the president become incapacitated.
In case you somehow haven't heard, lawmakers have filed two bills calling for a "designated survivor" to act as the nation's leader should the president of the Republic of the Philippines, the vice president, and all other constitutional successors somehow all become ...
 
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Will Facebook start charging users for its services?
Hardly anyone noticed when Facebook changed a tiny but crucial detail on its signup page after its update on August 6. Before the update, the words “It’s free and always will be” was on the signup page. These words have now been ...
 
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A podcast to keep you woke.
Environmentalism, gender equality, politics, and war. These are just some of the topics tackled by Woke Up PH, a weekly podcast created with the intention of keeping today’s Filipino youth informed on current, relevant, and pressing issues.The podcast aims to address people’s ...
 
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Environmentalists say the fires were started by humans.
A massive blaze in Brazil's Amazon rainforest is quickly gaining international attention. The Brazilian jungle, often referred to as the lungs of the entire planet (due to the significant amount of oxygen it produces) is in the midst of an intense blaze, ...
 
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UP students Mary Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez's lives were cut short, but the man convicted of killing them might get a second chance.
She was a scholar and a few months shy of graduating from a prestigious university. But at 21, Mary Eileen Sarmenta was begging for her life. She had been brutally beaten and raped repeatedly by seven men one evening in 1993. Despite the real-life horror, she ...
 
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The Amazon is currently burning at the highest recorded rate since 2013.
Fire season has officially begun for the Amazon Rainforest. This is said to typically occur from July to September because of the dry season, and usually stops by November. However, nothing seems ordinary about the forest fire this year, and the rate ...
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