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Two cases of disappearance reported to human rights groups

After enactment of Anti-Enforced Disappearance Law Karapatan and Families of Desaparecidos for Justice (Desaparecidos) deplored the abduction of Sheikh Bashier Mursalum and Muin Kahal Hamja, as these organizations add two more names to the long list of enforced disappearances in the country. The abduction happened after President Aquino signed the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act of 2012 in 

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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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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Charging municipalities for disaster relief deplorable

Dear editor, When faced by natural disasters that put their lives at risk, Canadians depend on and expect our troops to protect them—yet MP Roxanne James and the Conservative government are sending mixed messages about charging municipalities and provinces when they provide this life-saving emergency help. Protecting Canadians has always been one of the core 

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Gains, sins of omission and commission of the Aquino presidency

Next year would be the mid-point of the Aquino administration. Because it is already near its mid-point, the Filipino people could already accurately gauge the direction of the administration. Let us look at the policy directions of the Aquino presidency by enumerating the issues that emerged in 2012 and the actions or inaction of the 

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Required reading

HE DOJ (Department of Justice) “Primer on Cybercrime” should be required reading for anyone who’s ever had any doubts about the Aquino administration’s support for the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (RA10175). Benigno Aquino III signed the RA 10175 into law on September 12, 2012, but his spokespersons initially blamed Congress for passing it. The 

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The new year in numbers

By Marites Dañguilan Vitug What to anticipate in 2013? Here are some numbers that reflect big issues in politics and policy and will have an impact on our lives, our politics, and our growth as a nation. 10354: The number of the Republic Act that is the culmination of the reproductive health bill, a close 

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Laws in our lives

By Reena Basser There is so much protection offered to the tenant by the Ontario government, that I think it’s wise to go over some of the main topics on this issue that effects many people. My column is meant to bring to light some of the key points of Ontario Law. I am a 

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A must holiday reading for leaders and candidates

By Marites Dañguilan Vitug “Why Nations Fail” is a hefty book of more than 500 pages and is heavy to carry around. But what it says is simple enough to be summarized in a few sentences. Here goes: Countries that prosper, generally, have “inclusive” economic institutions, meaning, they “enforce property rights, create a level playing 

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Zombie ideas

CORRUPTION IN media is well known, acknowledged, and being addressed in the press and media community itself. It is wrong to make it seem that it’s of recent discovery, or that nothing’s being done about it. The many forms of corruption in the media—whether bribery, extortion, being in the payroll of political and other interests, 

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