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Protesters slam Duterte, Luneta park admin for trying to limit September 21 rally space

By Manila Today Staff – Sep 20, 2017 “And as a mater of fact, I’m giving you all the space, all the streets. Wala nang permit-permit. Sige, bahala kayo. Hindi ko nga rin kayo mahuli kung manghingi ako ng permit because that is guaranteed under the Constitution, the right for a redress of grievance, the 

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SC orders release of all detainees whose pending cases exceed mandated periods

By Rey Panaligan Manila Bulletin The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the release of “all detainees whose pending cases have gone beyond the mandated periods for the conduct of preliminary investigation, or whose cases have already been dismissed on inquest or preliminary investigation, despite pending appeal, reconsideration, reinvestigation or automatic review by the Secretary of 

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‘Justice for Kian’ | Groups rally for slain victims of War on Drugs

MANILA – Different groups today, Aug. 21, joined the “Walk for Justice” in Caloocan City to demand police accountability in the killing of a minor and for all victims of President Duterte’s War on Drugs. Groups led by the Stop the Killings Network and Rise Up for Life and Rights gathered in the village 160, 

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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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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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Wife accuses Comelec chair of ‘unexplained wealth’

MANILA, Philippines – The wife of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista is accusing him of having nearly P1 billion worth of unexplained wealth, according to a report on Monday, August 7. Bautista denied the accusations, saying it was an “extortion attempt.” Patricia Paz “Tish” Bautista said in an affidavit submitted last August 1 

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