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  • July 6, 2015PH and China dispute to continue despite U.N. Tribunal case

    PH and China dispute to continue despite U.N. Tribunal case

      By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS and TESSA JAMANDRE Despite the presence of a high-level Philippine team at the hearing of the Philippines’ case against China before the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) this week, the issue of who owns the contested islands in the South China […]

  • June 29, 2015PWD-owned startup aims to put more PWDs on the road

    PWD-owned startup aims to put more PWDs on the road

    By VJ BACUNGAN and DANICA UY A BEVY of red tricycles hurtle down Bonifacio Avenue, a four-lane national highway cutting through Cainta town in Rizal, their buzzy two-stroke engines leaving plumes of blue smoke in their wake. They overtake another tricycle which, even from afar, stands out from the rest. At six feet tall, this tricycle towers..

  • June 16, 2015Outrage over compulsory pregnancy tests for women seafarers

    Outrage over compulsory pregnancy tests for women seafarers

    Text and photos by LUCIA P. TANGI (Conclusion) A week before she was about to leave the country for her first job on a cruise liner, Mary Valdez (not her real name) received a text message from her crewing agency. She was instructed to return to the clinic where she had completed her medical examination […]

  • June 15, 2015Filipino women navigate male-dominated world of seafaring

    Filipino women navigate male-dominated world of seafaring

    Text and photos by LUCIA P. TANGI (First of two parts) The image of an olive-skinned man or a “barako” who has “a girl in every port” usually comes to mind when one mentions the word seafarer. The stereotype stems from the dominance of men in the maritime industry since the country started its massive […]

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    Low turnout of PWD voters in metro-wide mall registration

    Low turnout of PWD voters in metro-wide mall registration

    July 5, 2015

    By VERA FILES THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday launched a satellite voter registration and validation in several shopping malls in Metro Manila, but turnout was low. A combination of heavy..

     
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