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Senate OKs bill compensating Martial Law victims

MANILA – The Senate has ratified a bill granting compensation to victims of human rights abuses during Martial Law. The chamber approved the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2012 almost a week after the bicameral conference committee reconciled the respective versions of the House and the Senate. The measure declares it a 

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Groups thumb down exceptions in Freedom of Information bill

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Advocates of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill have called for transparency in governance but what if the version that awaits approval by the Congress would institutionalize secrecy? The consolidated bill House Bill 6766 or the FOI bill lists ten points of exceptions, all of which are present 

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Philippine senators stand in prayer before voting in the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Corona in Manila

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The heart of the issue over the big, nasty fight in the Senate is about accountability in the use of public funds. Underneath the painful, though admittedly, entertaining exchanges and theatrics is the fact that the senators easily get away with millions in

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‘Inclusive growth’ is impossible if there is no genuine democracy

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com Pres. Benigno Aquino III has been so pleased with himself recently. Before the National Economic Development Authority released the country’s growth statistics for last year, President Aquino had already announced that it is something to be proud of, reportedly hovering around 6.6 percent. (Read story…)

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Getting their due

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld The passage of the landmark Marcos human rights victims compensation bill or the “Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013” is a most welcome development even if reservations persist about how it will be implemented, once signed into law by President Benigno Aquino III, to the satisfaction 

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DOJ drops charges against political prisoner Ericson Acosta

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Still recovering from a recent kidney operation, poet and songwriter Ericson Acosta was all smiles after receiving the good news that he had been waiting for. After more than a year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) finally acted on the petition for review filed by Acosta’s lawyers and 

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Defense counsel claims state witness in Olalia-Alay-ay murder case accepted bribes

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – Former Air Force Col. Eduardo ‘Red’ Kapunan, supported by former Mayor Filomeno Maligaya, bribed state witness Medardo Dumlao Baretto to recant in 2009. This was the allegation repeatedly made by Kapunan’s lawyer, Lorna Kapunan, as she cross-questioned the state witness in January 23 and 29 and fumed at his 

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‘One billion’ to rise against gender-based violence, poverty

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA – One Billion Rising is taking the world by storm. “It is something that has gone across class, social group and religion. It’s like a huge feminist tsunami,” Eve Ensler, the brainchild behind One Billion Rising, said in a report. Ensler, recently interviewed by The Guardian during her 

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Rachel Andal: Little Miss Piano Prodigy

MANILA, Philippines – The moment I heard about Rachel Andal, I was immediately reminded of another story we ran in October 2012 about a 7-year-old girl from England who had written her first opera, “The Sweeper of Dreams.” Her name is Alma Elizabeth Deutscher. Rachel reminded me of Alma because, like Alma, Rachel started composing 

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Filipina wants to shake up Oxford dictionary

MANILA, Philippines – Grammar Nazis take note! A Filipina is part of the team currently working on the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and is pushing to include Filipino-coined words like “presidentiable” and “senatoriable” in the venerable dictionary. Danica Salazar, PhD, 28, got her job at the OED last year after she was awarded a Mellon 

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