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Rodrigo Roa Duterte (born 28 March 1945 in Maasin, Leyte) is a Filipino lawyer and politician serving as the 16th President of the Philippines. He took oath as President on 30 June 2016.

He has served as mayor of Davao City for 7 terms or more than 22 years. He has also served as vice-mayor and congressman in the city. Under Duterte's mayorship, the crime rate in Davao has dropped drastically, to the point that the local tourist board can advertise the city from being known as the “murder capital of the Philippines” to being "the most peaceful city in Southeast Asia". Duterte, who has been called "The Punisher" by the Time magazine, has been repeatedly criticized by some locals and by Amnesty International for having or at least allowing small criminals, often teenagers involve in criminal cases such as drugs and robbery, being executed by death squads.

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"Hello, Mindy! How do I avoid cramming for exams? I know there are times when busy students like me can't help it, but I want to start practicing good studying habits so I can get better grades. I'd appreciate your advice. Thanks!-Sarah"


Hello, Sarah, If it's any consolation, I've also had my fair share of cramming for exams and projects when I was still in school. But because I've realized that it's becoming an unhealthy habit, I decided to ditch cramming. First of all, it pays to actually listen to and participate in class discussions]. Being proactive in class not only scores you good points with your professor, but you're also able to actually understand what is being discussed. This helps you remember things better. Taking notes is also a good way to ensure that there's something to go back to in case you don't fully grasp a lesson. You don't have to take down every word your professor says; get to the point of what he's saying and jot that down. Of course, it's important to set a schedule and learn which tasks to prioritize. If you have an exam next week, start preparing for it a week earlier and postpone that out-of-town trip with your friends until after the exam (make that trip your reward!). It takes practice to develop good studying habits, so start as early as you can.

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T'nalak or Tinalak is an indigenous woven fabric made from abaca by the T'boli tribe of South Cotabato in the Philippines. It has become the best-known product of the province of South Cotabato. Due to its rarity and exotic design, the product has already reached the international fashion landscape. The province's yearly festival commemorating its foundation anniversary is known as the T'nalak Festival in honor of this cloth.

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  • July 30, 1601 – Spanish colonial judge for the Philippine Islands Antonio de Morga wrote to King Philipp II stating his services in equipping and supplying and leading the naval battle with Dutch corsairs who have been preying on shipping that enter Manila harbor.
  • July 30, 1896 – Filipino reformist, patriot, and polymath Jose Rizal received a letter from Governor Ramon Blanco permitting him to work as physician for the Spanish Army in Cuba.
  • July 30, 1934Claro M. Recto was elected president of the Constitutional Convention which was tasked to frame what would be called the 1935 Constitution of Colonial Philippines.
  • July 30, 2010 – Newly inaugurated President Benigno Simeon Aquino III signed Executive Order No. 1 creating the Truth Commission. It was tasked to investigate anomalies in the past nine years of the previous administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. It was headed by former Chief Justice Hilario Davide.

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Elpidio Rivera Quirino was the sixth President of the Philippines. The abrupt death of President Manuel Roxas brought Elpidio Quirino to presidency. Upon his ascent, Quirino brought with him tremendous experience as public servant, having been a cabinet member, a representative, and a senator during previous regimes. Quirino served as president from April 17, 1948 to December 30, 1953.

On July 30, 1953, John Hopkin's Hospital public relations officer Joseph Kelly announced that President Quirino's health was satisfactory and his condition has improved. The day before the announcement, rumors of the death of Quirino were circulated in Manila. The president went to Baltimore to undergo a surgical operation to remove his stomach ulcer.

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