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Group claims dead in Duterte’s drug war now at 13,000

By Mart D. Sambalud Bulatlat.com DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Human rights advocates demand the Duterte administration to end the spate of killings as the casualties of the bloody war on drugs now stood at 13,000. “The human rights situation in the Philippines has become far worse than how it was in the first quarter of President Duterte’s 

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Progressive groups enraged by CA rejection of Taguiwalo as social welfare minister

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat MANILA – Calling it a “rejection of reforms,” various progressive groups deplored the Commission on Appointments’s dismissal of the ad interim appointment of Judy Taguiwalo as social welfare secretary on Wednesday, Aug. 16. “The rejection of Sec. Taguiwalo only shows that the interest of patronage politics and corruption prevails. 

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Federalism Cha-cha weakens nationalist provisions–IBON

Research group IBON criticized the weakening of nationalist provisions of the 1987 Philippine Constitution in the proposed federalism charter of pro-administration solons. The group said that the insertion of the phrase “unless otherwise provided by law” in portions restricting foreign participation in essential sectors threatens prospects for the Philippine economy to develop independently. Introduced by 

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Ensure free tuition as a major first step — IBON

A network of teachers for transformative education said that the signing of the free tuition bill into law is a welcome major first step in realizing education as a right and should be ensured by government  as a priority. Improving and expanding the public university system is however as important, said the group, as is 

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Pictorial: Taste of Manila 2017

Street Festival on Bathurst Street and Wilson Ave. August 19 and 20, 2017 (PHOTOS: HG)

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Pictorial: 12th Kultura (2017)

The 12th Annual KULTURA Filipino Arts Festival took place August 10-13, 2017 at Daniels Spectrum. It featured live performances, traditional and modern cuisine, curated interactive art installations and a marketplace. Organized by the Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture, a youth-led charitable community organization based in Toronto. (Photos: HG)

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Pictorial: Ethnic Media at CNE

Opening Ceremony of National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada’s booth, Aug. 20, 2017

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TRAVEL: Budget guide: 3 days in Beijing

Planning a trip to Beijing? This writer traveled to see the Great Wall and Forbidden City – on a budget. Here is a detailed guide, itinerary, and a few travel tips if you’re planning on visiting Beijing any time soon. Flights to/from Beijing During an airline seat sale in December 2015, we were able to 

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TRAVEL: Firefly-watching on Buhatan River

By Camille Anne M. Arcilla THE SIGHT of a swarm of fireflies sparkling in a dark night may seem like a scene from a fantasy movie or one of those teleseryes where the leading lady closes her eyes and whispers her wish on a firefly. But the scene was no fantasy — rather, it was 

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‘No junk food, only a junk diet’

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman “THERE’S no junk food, only a junk diet,” said Divorah V. Aguila, Food and Nutrition Research Institute specialist and senior science research, at a media round-table discussion on June 28 about the Filipino diet. She said even “junk food” like chips and chocolates have calories, which the body needs. 

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