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Socio-economic issues are people’s top concerns * Latest Posts At Ground Level Commentary Contributions 

Socio-economic issues are people’s top concerns

Five days before President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his first state-of-the-nation address on Monday, he was gifted by the Pulse Asia Survey with the report that its nationwide survey on July 2-8 (his first week in office) showed a 91 percent trust rating for him – both across the nation and socio-economic classes. (His predecessor, Benigno S. Aquino III, got an 85 percent trust rating in a similar survey in July 2010.) The nine-to-one public trust record was largely anticipated. We need not dwell on it further. More important to…

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Difficult, but not impossible * Latest Posts Commentary Contributions Vantage Point 

Difficult, but not impossible

In 1986 the Republic of Nicaragua filed a complaint against the United States before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The ICJ ruled that the US violated international law by supporting the Contras mercenaries trained and funded by the US, in its attempts to overthrow the Sandinista government which had gained power in that country by toppling the Anastasio Somoza dictatorship. Somoza’s family had ruled Nicaragua from 1937 to 1979 with US support, but a popular uprising led by the socialist Sandinista movement overthrew the corrupt dictatorship in 1979. The…

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Incoming House Speaker supports resumption of peace talks, release of political prisoners * Latest Posts Breaking News Politics & Governance 

Incoming House Speaker supports resumption of peace talks, release of political prisoners

“…[t]his is definitely a boost in fast tracking the release of all political prisoners and augurs well for the scheduled resumption of the formal peace negotiations between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP).”

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