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Lumad leader urges Duterte to build rather than destroy IP schools

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – To address the indigenous people’s lack of access to education, President Rodrigo Duterte should build more schools rather than threatening to bomb educational facilities in Mindanao’s tribal communities, a tribal leader said on Wednesday. Datu Jomorito Goaynon, regional chairperson of the tribal group Kalumbay in Northern Mindanao, said it 

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SONA protesters face Duterte

By DEE AYROSO Bulatlat MANILA – On his second State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Duterte made another record first, as right after giving his two-hour official speech inside Congress, he walked straight outside to Batasan Road, to face thousands of protesters who had just spent the whole day criticizing his administration. His appeal 

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OFW Jennifer Dalquez acquitted, saved from death row

By Marya Salamat MANILA –Jailed overseas Filipina worker (OFW) Jennifer Dalquez was saved from execution in the United Arab Emirates. The Court of Appeals in Al Ain acquitted her from the alleged crime of murder at a hearing Monday, June 19. Ms. Dalquez, 30, was charged with murder for allegedly killing her employer, Mr. Alaryani. 

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Progressive groups set ‘National Day of Prayer’ on June 12

By Ian Irving Bazarte MANILA – Various progressive church, human rights and urban poor groups are set to hold an inter-faith prayer rally on Independence Day, June 12, to call for an end to President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao and for a stop to human rights violations. Dubbed the “National Day of Prayer 

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Resorts World Manila COO admits ‘Lapses in security’ in deadly attack

MANILA–Resorts World Manila chief operations officer (COO) Stephen Reilly admitted their security system had lapses, allowing a lone gunman to attack the hotel-casino and cause the death of 37 people. “I say there are lapses in security. When we played the first videos, I pointed out there should have been security personnel posted on certain 

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Ex-senator, bishops file 3rd petition on martial law before SC

MANILA, Philippines – Former senator Wigberto “Bobby” Tañada and several Catholic bishops were among those who filed the latest petition before the Supreme Court seeking to compel Congress to convene in a joint session on martial law. Manila Bishop Broderick Pabillo and Mother Adelaida Ygrubay, prioress of St Scholastica’s Priory of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters 

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Navotas fisherfolk protest impending reclamation

To mark the World Environment Day on June 5, fisherfolk from Navotas led by Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) held a protest action along the coastal community of Brgy. Tangos in Navotas City to oppose the impending reclamation for the Navotas Boulevard Business Park (NBBP) project. NBBP is a 650-hectare reclamation project 

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Countries call for end to killings in PH drug war

United Nations member states urge the Philippines to launch a thorough and impartial investigation to punish those behind drug-related killings MANILA, Philippines – Despite Senator Alan Peter Cayetano insisting that there is no new wave of killings, United Nations member states still called on the Philippine government to conduct a “thorough” investigation into extrajudicial killings 

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‘Business interests ran the day’ — Lopez

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — At times close to tears, and with passion in her voice, former Environment and Natural Resources secretary designate Regina Paz Lopez maintained that the Commission on Appeals rejected her appointment based on business interests. “It is the constitutional right of every Filipino to a clean and healthy environment. It is our 

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The DAR found that 83 percent of agrarian reform beneficiaries have either leased out or sold the land awarded to them. (AP file)

DAR voids illegal lease, sale of Hacienda Luisita CARP lands

MANILA, Philippines — Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano on Wednesday voided the sale and leasing out of Hacienda Luisita farm lots awarded by the government to agrarian reform beneficiaries. “This is a decisive action to defend and assert the rights of farmers to own and cultivate their awarded farm lots,” Mariano said. Mariano issued the 

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