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Righting 10,000 Wrongs: The new Marcos compensation law

Commemorating the 27th EDSA anniversary, President Benigno Aquino III signed a law that will compensate victims of human rights violations committed by late dictator and former President Ferdinand Marcos’ security forces during his reign. Known as Republic Act (RA) 10368 or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013, the law will distribute…

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Looking forward: The nation in 2013

As 2012 came to a close, many Filipinos faced the new year with much optimism and high hopes. In a survey conducted by Pulse Asia last December, 92% of respondents expressed hope for 2013 despite present circumstances. Along with that optimism, however, the nation faces many challenges and prospects for the coming year, at least…

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Casiguran natives’ 370-kilometer march against APECO

“Ibalik, ibalik! 12,923 ektaryang APECO, ibalik, ibalik!” cried 125 native Casiguran fisherfolk and farmers, who marched from Aurora to Manila, demanding back their ancestral lands and indigenous rights. Overcoming heat and exhaustion, marchers against the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (APECO) took a 20-day, 370-kilometer journey flagged as “Lakad Katarungan, Lakad Matuwid na…

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On the RH Bill and the 2013 electorate

On August 6, the House of Representatives voted to bring the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill into a period of amendment, ending house debates and bringing the bill one step closer to being passed. First proposed in 1998 with the goal of bringing the Philippine’s reproductive health system ‘up to par’, the bill has since been…

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The country’s susceptibility to viral outbreaks

Last July, Asia was once again threatened by a pandemic that has been present since the 1980s. The Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is a variant form of the Hand, Food and Mouth Disorder. Currently, the disease has claimed the lives of approximately 65 children, below the age of seven years old in a neighboring country of…

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Strengthening the country’s defense

In reaction to the assertive behavior of China in recent months, the Philippines is building up its defense through an effort to acquire relatively new military hardware. Last April, Philippine naval warship BRP Gregorio del Pilar intercepted eight Chinese sea vessels within the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal. In response, China deployed its own surveillance ships…

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Opinion Poll – Lasallians on merger between DLSU and DLSC

For reference, here are some related articles. November 21, 2010 – DLSU Taft, to partner with Canlubang campus January 23, 2011 – Lasallians suffer from limited campus space September 25, 2011 – Establishment of DLSU’s extension campus gets a go signal March 28, 2012 – COLE holds emergency meeting

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Opinion Poll – Lasallians on Philippines’ Acquisition of additional military hardware

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National Situationer: Trivial pursuit?

Citing the need to seek medical treatment abroad, former President and current Pampanga reperesentative Gloria Arroyo recently sought the approval of the Supreme Court to leave the country. Arroyo, who was diagnosed with a rare bone disease, claims that the domestic medical facilities cannot treat her ailment. Arroyo’s plea, however, sparked controversy when the Department…

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National Situationer: Looking at 2011 through the issues of 2010

Decisions shape events, and events shape the future. Ninety three percent of Filipinos were optimistic as they ushered in 2011 according to a Social Weather Stations survey. Optimism aside, there are still major issues unresolved from last year, and perhaps many more are yet to come this year.