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The Philippines is starting to look like a sanctuary for nearly extinct diseases.
While much of the world has successfully eradicated polio, the Philippines has resurrected it. This year, the government slashed the country’s health budget by P14 billion. It initially planned to cut it by P36 billion. The damning effects of the budget cut were ...
 
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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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'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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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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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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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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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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Photos of Pepe and Pilar, the adorable twins of Mar and Korina Roxas, were posted on Facebook by Aika Robredo.
Photos of Pepe and Pilar, the twins of former senator Mar Roxas and Korina Sanchez were posted on Facebook by Aika Robredo, daughter of Vice President Leni Robredo. The Roxases invited the Robredos for lunch on Sunday to meet the six-month-old twins. Mar, ...
 
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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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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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The Hong Kong protests have taken on greater meaning following the increasing police brutality against peaceful protestors.
Hong Kong is a tinderbox.For the last four months, the streets have witnessed millions of Hongkongers marching in protest of the highly controversial extradition bill proposed by the Hong Kong government. The bill would allow for the extradition of wanted individuals to ...
 
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Ironically, elected officials are not required to pass the Civil Service Exam.
The Civil Service Examination is one of the most difficult examinations in the country. Every year, only around 10 percent of those who take it pass. For the Professional Level, the Civil Service Exam covers the following areas:We know a few elected ...
 
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At least where the Bureau of Customs is concerned.
Corruption is nothing new in the Philippines—to put it lightly—so any move to combat it is most welcome. The Bureau of Customs certainly hasn't been winning any awards in the Most Trustworthy category but at the very least they're trying. The next ...
 
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I should know. I've been there.
In the wake of Jeffrey Epstein’s death this past weekend, I’ve watched, on the television in my cell at Sing Sing, a parade of talking heads express everything from confusion to anger that such a high-profile person could kill himself while in ...
 
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Mayor Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman, mayor of Isabela, Basilan, proves religion can unite people.
In a divisive plebiscite in January in which the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) was ratified, Mayor Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman had campaigned for the inclusion of her city, Isabela, Basilan province in the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Her city had ...
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