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Rights groups foresee escalation of violations under new military chief

The appointment of Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista as the new chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines is not unexpected, said human rights lawyers, because it followed the promotion and appointment of other military officials who were linked to rights violations. By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Human rights groups warned 

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Akbayan accused of siding with Marcoses on compensation bill

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bulatlat.com MANILA — The progressive party-list group Bayan Muna is accusing a group closely allied with the Aquino government of resurrecting a legislative measure that is “ contrary to the interest of human rights victims.” Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares criticized Akbayan lawmaker Walden Bello for allegedly undermining the House 

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Justices cite loopholes in Cybercrime law

The battle against the Cybercrime law before the Supreme Court began with the petitioners citing the unconstitutionality and dangers of the law. By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Five lawyers representing 15 groups of petitioners presented their basis for petitioning the Supreme Court to strike down Republic Act 10175 or Cybercrime Law as unconstitutional 

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‘Lawyer or liar?’

By Marites Dañguilan Vitug If the 3,000 lawyers or so gathered in Davao City for the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) national convention were seriously listening to the speakers, they would not run out of New Year’s resolutions. Every two years, members of the bar from various parts of the country meet in a 

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Getting to the bottom of the Atimonan rubout

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com As more information about the Atimonan, Quezon rubout of alleged jueteng lord Vic Siman and 12 others, including three policemen and three soldiers, is revealed to the public, the more questions arise. First reported as a legitimate encounter, the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) own investigation revealed the more likelihood of an 

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Kapwa on Screen: A deeper look at Filipino culture

By Dyan Ruiz Films screened at a community gathering encouraged the over 50 viewers to take a deeper look at Filipino culture. “Kapwa on Screen” showed three short films and a feature length movie by Filipino filmmakers at the inaugural screening hosted by a group of artists, thinkers and healers called the Kapwa Collective. The 

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The times they are a-changin’: A tale of folk and protest songs

The Country in the Heart By Ed Maranan IN THE WINTER OF 1962, between Christmas day and the New Year, sixty teenagers from as many countries arrived in New York City to attend a world youth forum sponsored by a top American newspaper. I was the youngest of the lot, all of sixteen and a 

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Botong’s first solo exhibit

By Jasmine T. Cruz Botong Francisco: A Nation Imagined Ongoing until March 31 Ayala Museum, Makati Ave. corner De la Rosa St., Greenbelt Park, Makati City IT MAY SEEM ODD, but National Artist Carlos “Botong” V. Francisco never had a solo exhibit of his works in his lifetime.   So the exhibit Botong Francisco: A 

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Liland Insurance 20th Anniversary

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Liland has been with Industrial Alliance for 20 years. It is the flagship company representing Industrial Alliance in Canada with over 50,000 customers, over two million of new premium dollars each year for over 10 years straight, $30 million of inforce premium and $50 million of retirement plans.

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PH political dynasties: Then and now

By Joe Rivera In an earlier blog, I made a reference to a quote attributed to Philippine Senator Miriam Santiago that majority of Filipinos are “not educated for voting.” Senator Santiago gave the example of movie stars getting elected in Congress because of the “ignorance of the Filipino electorate.” She probably spoke the truth. With 

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