RACHEL A.G. REYES, TMT

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SINCE last Tuesday, tens of thousands of residents have been fleeing the city of Marawi after government security forces botched an attempt to capture a notorious terrorist and Islamist militant named Isnilon Hapilon. Evacuation centers worked round the clock to shelter and feed the vast numbers displaced by the fighting.…

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IN 2015, after vigorous lobbying from the Alliance for the Family Foundation, who were no doubt aided and abetted by powerful sympathizers in government and the Catholic Church, the Supreme Court imposed suspensions on 77 contraceptive products. Particularly targeted were hormonal contraceptive implants known as Implanon and Implanon NXT that…

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OF his Cabinet appointees, Gina Lopez was one of the very few who fell outside President Rodrigo Duterte’s principle of selectivity. Unlike many of his other picks, she did not owe her appointment to old law schoolties or murky Davao connections. Norwas shea grasping campaign donor who had contributed millions.…

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The discovery of the giant shipworm is a reminder of the major scientific breakthroughs that could be made by Filipino scientists. OVER the past few days, the world has been enthralled by a rare, giant shipworm that was recently found in Mindanao. The creature, a monstrous five-foot-long species of bivalve…

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THERE was a wobbly moment during President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent visit to Qatar. Greeting the 6,000 OFWs who had piled into a sports stadium—Duterte has proven to be a very accommodating man when it comes to crowds that chant his name and salute him with raised fists—he nearly keeled over.…

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THE murder of a young doctor, Dreyfuss Perlas, last month has provoked deeply felt grief and outrage from medics throughout the country. Perlas, a municipal health officer with the government’s Doctors to the Barrios program, worked among people living in the small towns and scattered villages of Lanao del Norte…

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VICE PRESIDENT Leni Robredo’s video message to a UN Commission on Narcotics meeting last week sparked hysterical reactions of anger and outrage. It seems that this country is not just politically divided between the “Yellowtards” and “Dutertards,” the pejorative terms by which the opposing anti- and pro-Duterte camps contemptuously and…

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