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Unicef pushes bid for kids’ right to learn during Brigada Eskwela kick-off

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UN children’s agency Unicef joined the Department of Education’s Brigada Eskwela campaign with a message to ensure that all children enjoy their right to learn. This year’s Brigada Eskwela theme calls for a united effort and shared community responsibility in making schools ready and safe for children.

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Bora no-drink zones expand

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Areas where tourists could drink until they drop in Boracay are to shrink further under a new ordinance designating more places where consumption of alcoholic beverages would be outlawed.

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PH needs P5B to protect Benham Rise

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The government would need an initial P5 billion to kick-start efforts to protect and conserve the country’s vast marine resources at Benham Rise, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said.

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House committee kills impeach rap vs Duterte

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The first impeachment complaint against President Duterte did not survive even for one day on the House of Representatives committee on justice, which called the accusations leveled by Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano against Mr. Duterte “multiple hearsay.”

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On Fatima centennial, Pope Francis urges Catholics to spread peace

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FATIMA, Portugal  -- Pope Francis urged Catholics on Friday, May 12, to “tear down all walls” and spread peace as he traveled to this Portuguese shrine town to mark the 100th anniversary of one of the most unique events of the 20th-century Catholic Church: the visions of the Virgin Mary reported by three illiterate shepherd children and the “secrets” she told them.

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Congress to convene for Charter change next year - Alvarez

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The 17th Congress will convene in a constituent assembly (Con-ass) next year to propose amendments to the 1987 Constitution for a federal form of government, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said.

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Duterte, Xi reaffirm position to settle sea row peacefully

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BEIJING -- President Duterte on Monday, May 15, reassured Chinese President Xi Jinping that the Philippines would seek a peaceful resolution of its territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea.

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China, Asean agree on draft framework for sea code of conduct

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China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) took a step towards easing tensions in the South China Sea, state media reported Thursday, May 18, agreeing to a framework for a “code of conduct” to prevent incidents in the disputed waters.

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Woman ‘bribed’ to testify vs Duterte eyes filing case vs Trillanes

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The Davao city businesswoman who last month accused Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of trying to bribe her to testify against President Rodrigo Duterte met with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II Monday, May 15, about her plans of pressing a case against the senator.

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Duterte signs EO on nationwide smoking ban

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President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order implementing a nationwide smoking ban. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said that EO No. 26 was signed on May 16. The EO provides for the establishment of no smoking areas in public places whether indoor or outdoor.

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