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President Duterte now wants Congress to constitute itself into a constituent assembly (Con-ass) to amend the 1987 Constitution, House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez said on Thursday. Alvarez said Mr. Duterte told him and Senate President Aquilino  L. Pimentel III that he prefers the “cheaper” Con-ass over the constitutional convention (Con-con)...

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UNITED NATIONS—Children caught in six conflict-affected areas are often held for months or even years as national security threats, and untold numbers have been tortured or died in custody, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report. The 36-page report released on Thursday documents the arrest and detention of children...


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The government, business and development sectors have agreed to collaborate on a two-year project designed to help Filipino micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) improve their ability to plan for and rebound quickly from devastating calamities. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) led signing ceremonies on July 26 in...



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AS the 2016 Rio Olympics draws closer, security gets tighter at the different venues, and around the thousands of delegates, including the lean Philippine team that is bidding to end a 20-year medal drought. More than 10,000 athletes and 6,000 officials from 206 countries will converge in the city of...


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By Benjamin Layug HOLY Week was just around the corner, and my son Jandy and I decided to revisit Ilocos Norte. Joining us was good friends Melissa Tinonas and her children Almira and Albert. We left Manila on Holy Monday, leaving on the 3:30 pm Partas bus. The trip took...


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It was music to the ears hearing President Duterte say our driver’s license will now be good for five years. It is just one of the many changes he said he would implement immediately during his historic Sona State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday. Another pro-people innovation move he...


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ALVEO Land, a subsidiary of property colossus Ayala Land Inc. (ALI), continues to push the envelope in transforming Circuit Makati into a major residential and business district in the metropolis by introducing Callisto, a two-tower condominium residential project. Alveo Land Project Sales and Marketing Group Head Rufino S. Gutierrez said,...


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SHE is now version 2.0, thanks to a Georgetown University education. Mary Rose Cabigao, business development officer of CBRE Philippines, considers her four-year stint in the private research university in Washington, D.C., as one of her memorable experiences in life. Aside from the strong academic program, the 24-year-old said she...

Envoys & Expats

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FOR someone who travels to countries like they are just a bus ride away, accommodation is a priority. It is no wonder why virtual hotel-booking company Nida Rooms Cofounder and CEO Kaneswaran Avili chose to live the hotel-hunting life, giving customers quality rooms in budget-friendly rates. Avili is not a newbie...

Executive Views

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At 37 years old, Maynard Ngu, the young CEO and visionary of Cherry Mobile has proven to many that a proudly local mobile brand can compete even against international tech titans. Through premium and affordable smartphones and devices that promise a seamless mobile experience, Cherry Mobile aims to hold...


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THE United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) estimates 3.3 million, or 8 percent, of children under the age of 18 in the Philippines are living with disabilities. The actual number could be higher. “They are often likely to be among the poorest members of the population. They are less likely to...

Our Time

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By Leandro Anton Castro | Special to the BusinessMirror ‘I’VE lived a very colorful life.” That is how my senior fraternity brother, former Rep. Roquito Ablan Jr. of Ilocos Norte, described his life as he narrated his fond memories of college, the fraternity and his life in politics. That is how my...


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VATICAN City—The Vatican is striking back at conservative critics of Pope Francis’s landmark document on family life, ratcheting up its defense of the pope with new vigor, as bishops begin implementing the document around the world. The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano on Wednesday carried a lengthy essay by an Italian...


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ONE of the oldest reserves and last few remaining wetlands and lowland rainforests in Indonesia would be launched as an Asean Heritage Park (AHP). Way Kambas National Park (WKNP) will be launched as AHP on July 27 at the Elephant Conservation Center within the WKNP in Bandar Lampung, the Philippine-based...


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THE Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC) on Thursday urged the Philippines to continue to engage in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiating process in order to influence the level of ambition, targets and rules of climate action that benefit vulnerable countries. The iCSC said the...


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By Stephanie Tumampos & Lyn Resurreccion THE Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will be holding its 2016 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW), with the theme “Juan Science, One Nation,” starting on July 25. This will be the first NSTW to be held under the less-than-a-month-old Duterte administration. And this time,...


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DEAR PR Matters, I am working in a PR agency and, at times, our clients ask us to handle some crisis matters they are facing.  The advent of social media is definitely a game changer in this aspect, and the rules of handling crises may have changed. I hope you can share...


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WHO says farming is never fun? Over 500 farmers and farm enthusiasts, farm owners and workers, local government executives, municipal tourism and agricultural officers, barangay officials, entrepreneurs, community stakeholders, start-up business owners and farmer wannabes from all over the country, plus local and international experts, gathered for three days in Tagaytay...

Health & Fitness

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IN a world of eternal struggle, corporate people or students had been exposed to exhaustive and stressing circumstances, like commuting in the midst of irritable heavy traffic, sleeping less than normal, and completing work and school projects overtime just to comply with the needs and wants of this demanding...


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This phrase is contained in a page of an operations manual that young graduates and otherwise successful job applicants have to read and memorize. So much so that they actually say “Good morning, ma’am/sir,” even if they can see you are obviously a woman or obviously a man. And this...
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