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Former senator Eva Estrada Kalaw passes away at 96

Former Senator Eva Estrada Kalaw, one of the active opposition during the Marcos martial law years, died on Thursday, May 24, at the age of 96.
Kalaw was a two-term senator from 1965 until martial law was declared on September 21, 1972. Her experiences in the Senate were of the tumultuous variety, coinciding with the rise of activism and a surging Communist insurgency.
At a Liberal Party rally on August 21, 1979, Kalaw sustained serious injuries from the Plaza Miranda bombing. She sustained a number of injuries due to shrapnel from the bomb, some of which remained forever embedded in her body.
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Senate hearing: New rules for UAAP, student athletes sought

STUDENT FIRST. Sen Pia Cayetano files a bill countering the UAAP’s two-year residency rule for student-athletes. Photo by Romy Bugante/PRIB (As posted on Rappler.com)
Alleged unethical practices that had gone unchecked in school athletics for years came up during a Senate hearing Thursday, April 10, on a bill that seeks to protect the rights of student athletes.
Most of the malpractices and the restricting effects of the residency rule cited were from various fields in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, leading the a University of the Philippines professor to propose new rules to govern the UAAP.
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Evolution of the Pork Barrel System in the Philippines

Since the pork barrel controversy erupted in July of this year the phrase “pork barrel” has been interchangeably used with PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund). What is the pork barrel or PDAF? How did it come to be a sensational issue in Philippine public governance? Under the pork barrel system, each branch of government (legislative, executive and judiciary) has its own pork barrel allocation. The latest controversy, however, has centered more on the legislators’ pork barrel.
PDAF Watch defined pork barrel as those funds “allocated to politicians such as congressmen and senators, to be used, based on their decision, to fund …

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Philippine Feudal Society: The Pork in the Machine

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On July 12, 2013, an expose by the Philippine Daily Inquirer set off a wave of explosions in the public sphere. As the mass and social media unraveled the knotty story of scandal, corruption, fraud and theft in the highest places involving amounts that beggar the phrase “mind-boggling,” Filipinos came together, united by a sense of anger and betrayal at this latest, egregious breach of public trust.
This mass outrage found expression in the Million People March on August 26. Thousands gathered in peaceful indignation rallies at the Luneta Park in Manila, and at other public venues in cities …

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