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  • July 30, 2015Hotel gets impromptu lessons on how to—and not to—evacuate PWDs during Shake Drill

    Hotel gets impromptu lessons on how to—and not to—evacuate PWDs during Shake Drill

    Text and photos by YVONNE T. CHUA AT 10:30 a.m., the hotel emergency alarm went off, signaling the start of Thursday’s “Shake Drill” designed to prepare Metro Manilans for a 7.2 magnitude earthquake or the “Big One.” Many of the 30 or so guests meeting at the hotel’s fifth-floor function room quickly stood up and […]

  • July 29, 2015Beyond Mamasapano: Tough road still ahead for Bangsamoro peace

    Beyond Mamasapano: Tough road still ahead for Bangsamoro peace

    By JAKE SORIANO BARANGAY TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano, Maguindanao — The skeleton of a new bridge, concrete, now stands close to the old wood one made iconic by the bloody incident six months ago. A sign of further development is a poster, next to the new bridge, announcing a P50 million irrigation system project. The old wood […]

  • July 27, 2015Off target: By Aquino’s own numbers

    Off target: By Aquino’s own numbers

    By YVONNE T. CHUA WHEN he delivers his sixth and final State of the Nation Address on Monday, President Benigno S. Aquino III will predictably present a glowing report of his accomplishments, what with only a year left of his presidency. To be fair, Aquino has delivered on a number of his promises.  To name […]

  • July 23, 2015Deafening silence: Budget woes hamper state TV accessibility to deaf persons

    Deafening silence: Budget woes hamper state TV accessibility to deaf persons

    By RONN BAUTISTA and KRIXIA SUBINGSUBING (Conclusion) IN the Philippines, sign language insets in free-to-air television channels are almost unheard of. Out of Metro Manila’s 18 channels, only one features a sign language interpreter alongside its news programs. Citing logistical and aesthetic concerns, most private TV networks hesitate to..

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    Pass Bangsamoro Law, UN envoy urges

    Pass Bangsamoro Law, UN envoy urges

    August 3, 2015

    By JAKE SORIANO A visiting United Nations envoy has urged Philippine lawmakers to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) “as urgently as possible,” saying failure to do so would lead to further violence in..

     
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