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‘Duterte’s hands tied by Aquino’s budget ‘reforms’ * Latest Posts 2016 Elections Other Stories Politics & Governance 

‘Duterte’s hands tied by Aquino’s budget ‘reforms’

Contrary to what the Department of Budget Management (DBM) claimed when it announced that much of the budget for 2016 is still there, it is most likely “simot na” (emptied out). The funds had already been released to government agencies as per the Aquino administration’s “so-called reforms.”

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Prospects for Peace with Duterte Presidency * Latest Posts Other Stories Politics & Governance 

Prospects for Peace with Duterte Presidency

By Rey Claro Casambre Philippine Peace Center MANILA — Perhaps the most unexpected, yet most significant, outcome of the Duterte presidential campaign is the return of the peace negotiations into the national consciousness and discourse. To his credit, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was the only presidential candidate who made the resolution of the armed conflict through peace talks a major pillar in his platform. While having far-reaching implications, it is also the least contentious of his propositions. If his more eagerly received claims of eradicating corruption, drugs and criminality are tainted…

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Youth groups challenge Duterte: ‘Stop tuition hikes, K to 12’ * Latest Posts 2016 Elections Education Other Stories Politics & Governance Youth 

Youth groups challenge Duterte: ‘Stop tuition hikes, K to 12’

“The election period has highlighted the youth sector’s clamor for free public education up to the tertiary level, a move that can only be achieved by stopping tuition and other fee increases and at the same time, allocating greater state funding for public education institutions, including all state universities and colleges.”

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