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UN arbitral ruling on South China Sea

BY: Estrella Torres July 13, 2016 AN INTERNATIONAL arbitration court ruled on Tuesday that China had no historic title over the South China Sea and that it violated the sovereign rights of the Philippines with its actions in the strategic waterway. “China had violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights in its exclusive economic zone by interfering with Philippine fishing and petroleum […]

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WHAT CAN WORKERS IN THE PHILIPPINES EXPECT UNDER DUTERTE? by Estrella Torres

(Published in Equaltimes,June 30,2016) It’s been more than a month since the presidential elections in the Philippines and 19-year-old Joseph still wears a wristband bearing the name of President Rodrigo Duterte as he carries out minor auto repairs and washes cars at a workshop in Pasay City, just south of the capital city, Manila. “Duterte is tough. He will lift […]

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South China Sea disputes update

(Published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, June 9, 2016) Faced with a setback in a United Nations arbitral court, China on Wednesday urged the Philippines to drop its legal tack and return to bilateral negotiation to settle their territorial dispute in the South China Sea. China did not say, however, whether it would stop building artificial islands in the Spratly […]

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The next president should have a heart for the poor workers

(published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer,May1,2016) Security of tenure and decent pay are core issues to lifting millions of workers out of poverty After five years of working as a sales merchandiser in one of the country’s biggest shopping malls, Alvin, 29, still has to enjoy health insurance, social security and the other benefits that come with regular employment. Alvin’s […]

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Brussels in my mind

Brussels in my mind

      It’s painful to learn about the terrorist attacks in Brussels. It is the first European country I visited ten years ago and the month long stay was memorable. I fell in love with its beauty, its history, grandeur and the amorous people. It is where I learned European history and how people shed blood and sweat to […]

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Its Summer!

Its Summer!

  Summer is here, officially.  The season used to excite me, but not in the last 12 years. This season is often associated with sun, beach and fun vacation. I used to plan long vacations both with families and friends. Buying flip flops, sun dress and swim suits is also a must at the onset of summer. Now I hate […]

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Winter in New York

Winter in New York

Freezing in the city but warm friends comfort me  

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5 Life Changing Things to Do in 2016

5 Life Changing Things to Do in 2016

  There are plans to recalibrate our lives. The bottom line is to be happy with whatever we do beginning this year.   Buy a bloody red lipstick. Women having a bad hair day need to perk up mood. The quickest fix is to have gorgeous red lips. Chase your dreams. If spending three to four hours on the road […]

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