[New presidency Special Edition] Batangas’ ‘punisher’ counters ‘The Punisher’ on how to curb drug trade

Batangas province's own 'punisher,' second-term Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili supports new President Rodrigo Duterte's mandate to curb the drug trade in the country. But  Halili disagrees with Duterte's approach to killing suspected drug criminals (photo from the Facebook page of Tanauan City's Hope).


TANAUAN CITY, BATANGAS–As new President Rodrigo Duterte used his inaugural to toughen up a national state apparatus’ confrontations with drug dealers, this city’s own “punisher” does not wholly agree with the nation’s new chief executive.

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[New Presidency Special Edition] Agriculture seeks end to three-decade losing skid

(Photo from Get Real Philipines' website)


GENERAL TRIAS, CAVITE and QUEZON CITY—Benedicto Mayorga, 49, is used to being alone farming, tilling his two hectare land in Brgy. Sta. Clara here that bears sitaw, corn and okra. These crops come from seeds the municipal government gave.

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[Editorials of The Connection] What being a ‘ranked university’ means

QS Quacquarelli Symonds Logo



Annually, academic consulting firms like Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and Times Higher Education release what they call global rankings of universities. These rankings have been an outcome of the globalization of higher education. Higher education is now a “new sport,” of course with undertones of making these “globally-ranked” reputations bases to help bolster universities’ academic missions and entrepreneurial standing.

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For 3rd time: Lipa City named to ‘next wave cities’ list for BPO sector

Employees in the Lipa City “mega facility” of Alorica Philippines flash the company’s hand sign. Alorica, a US-based firm, is among ten business process outsourcing firms operating in the city, which remains among the ten Philippine “next wave cities” for the BPO sector. (photo by Virgil Sam Jamili Catajoy III, posted on Alorica Philippines’ Facebook page)


MANILA—For the third time, government and an industry association of firms in the business process outsourcing sector had included Lipa City in the group of “next wave cities” for the BPO sector.

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The sun slowly lights up PHL energy sources

The solar farm in Calatagan, Batangas that Solar Philippines put upo is the country's largest to date (photo from Solar Philippines' Facebook page)



CALATAGAN, BATANGAS–The opening of Luzon’s biggest solar farm here recently ushers in the gradual rise of solar energy as a fuel source for tropical Philippines.

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[2015 Yearender] Maturity and Filipinas’ patience that conquered the ‘Universe’

2015 Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (photo from the Miss Universe Organization)


MANILA (Edited)—A month before the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas, 26-year-old Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach brought resolve before TV host Boy Abunda. Ferocious but jolly pulchritude beamed on national television.

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[Yearender] Why weightlifters became big hits in 2015 for PHL sports

Hidilyn Diaz, in this file photo from the International Weightlifting Federation, wins a silver medal at the Rio Olympic Games.


MANILA—Who cheers for less marketable sports such as weightlifting and wushu? Almost none, not unless cheerers in these sports are either national athletes’ teammates, family members or friends.

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[Editorials of the Connection] APEC and the PHL economy’s homework

APEC leaders during the 2014 APEC Summit (photo posted at the APEC website by Xinhua)


A rare occasion, the meeting of state leaders of the member-economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) network, will happen in an emerging economy from November 18 to 19. APEC 2015 marks the second time the Philippines is hosting this meeting. (It can be remembered the country hosted APEC in 1996, at a time the economy was booming.)

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Ladon settles for light-flyweight bronze at world championships

Rogen Ladon, shown here in a file photo of his win over Joselito Altamirano of Mexico, brings home a bronze medal for the Philippines at the 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships in Doha, Qatar (photo from AIBA.com)



Editor’s note: The bout was viewed through Dailymotion live streaming telecasts of the 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships in Doha.


MANILA–The Philippines’ Rogen Ladon settled for the bronze medal in the AIBA World Boxing Championships after losing a close shave to a scrappy Russian Vasilii Egorov in their semifinal match yesterday in Doha.

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PHL’s first world boxing tilt medalist in eight years a match away from nailing Olympic berth

Rogen Ladon posted an upset over top seed Joselito Altamirano of Mexico in a second-round match of the ongoing AIBA World Boxing Championshiips in Doha. Ladon then defeated a Polish boxer to barge into the semifinals, earn the Philippines' first medal at the championships in eight years, and is one match away from nailing an autopmatic berth to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (photo from AIBA).


Editor’s note: Bouts were viewed through Youtube live streaming telecasts of the 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships in Doha.


MANILA (Oct. 11, 1:10 a.m.)–An early 20s boxer from Bago City, Negros Occidental ended the Philippines’ eight-year medal drought at the biennial AIBA World Boxing Championships and is just a match away from nailing a berth at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

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