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House Facelift to Cost Taxpayers P1 Billion; Fund Source a Puzzle

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by TITA C. VALDERAMA – The massive renovation project at the House of Representatives in time for the eighth state of the nation address (SONA) of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was initially estimated to cost P200 million. But the PCIJ discovered that the prettified House will actually cost taxpayers some P1 Read more »

Ladlad: from literature to life

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By Danton Remoto – Like many things in life, liberation does not always guarantee that all our dreams will come true. The Greek lesbian Sappho described life as “a beautiful pain.” Living the life of a gay man does not lessen the pain in life, but it makes everything bearable. Read more »

The Sacred VAT

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BY BENJIE OLIVEROS – There is a growing clamor for the removal of the VAT on petroleum products to ease local prices, especially since it adds from P4 to P6 peso to pump prices. Just recently, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines echoed the same demand.

E-learning site for Pinoy Public Schools

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Intel Technology Philippines, together with the Department of Education recently announced the availability of the Philippines’ version of the skoool™ educational website http://www.skoool.ph. skoool is an online platform to help teachers and students learn key concepts in Mathematics and Science. It can be accessed on the Internet for free. Read more »

Pinoy attitudes on sexual relations

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By Mahar Mangahas MANILA, Philippines—The title of this piece starts with Filipino because it argues that Filipino is a better adjective than Catholic, or even Christian, for attitudes on sexual relations in the Philippines, when seen from the perspective of (a) attitudes in six major Catholic Western countries, and (b) Read more »

Kidnap

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By CES DRILON Kidnap: Days of captivity in the depths of Sulu As I made my way through the wild fern and thick vegetation in the depths of Sulu, little did I know that I was to cross the line from a reporter chasing a story to becoming the story—and Read more »