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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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Atom’s docu gets bronze at New York Festivals

MANILA – Atom Araullo’s documentary “Warmer” won a bronze world medal at the New York Festivals Awards for international TV programs and films. The documentary, which delves into grave climate conditions as experienced in two different parts of the world, was a winner in the climate change and sustainability category. (Read story…)

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Talks conclude with more agreements on free land distribution

After four days of intense formal negotiations and an extra day of back-channel talks, the parties firmed up their agreement on free land distribution “as a basic principle of genuine agrarian reform.” By RAYMUND VILLANUEVA Kodao Productions NOORDWIJK, The Netherlands—The “difficult and exacting” fourth round of formal talks between the Government of the Republic of 

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NDFP, GRP sign interim joint ceasefire agreement

In a formal ceremony presided by the Royal Norwegian Government facilitator Elisabeth Slattum, the parties signed the document entitled Agreement on an Interim Joint Ceasefire they said was a product of three “very difficult” days of negotiations. By RAYMUND VILLANUEVA Kodao Productions NOORDWIJK, The Netherlands—The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government 

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Health groups call for justice for slain rural doctor

“May this turn our anguish and anger into a burning fervor to serve the people.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat MANILA — Progressive health groups are calling for justice for Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas, the municipal health officer of Sapad, Lanao del Norte who was killed on March 1. Perlas was riding his motorcycle on 

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Cavite Respresentative (3rd District) Alex Advincula shows his vote as members of the 17th congress vote on House Bill 4727 or the Death Penalty Bill during the third and final reading at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on March 7. Miguel De Guzman / PHILIPPINE STAR

House approves death penalty; Senate next arena

BUSINESS WORLD House Bill 4727, or an act imposing the death penalty on certain heinous crimes, was approved last night after securing 217 affirmative votes from the lawmakers, as against 54 negative votes and one abstention. Earlier in Tuesday’s session, Liberal Party (LP) Rep. Edcel C. Lagman of Albay (2nd district) tried to stop the 

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PRO-LIFE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, slams the House of Representatives for approving the death penalty bill on 3rd and final reading. File photo by Roy Lagarde

CBCP on death penalty vote: We shall not be silenced

RAPPLER ‘They may have won, but it does not mean that they are right,’ CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas says after the House of Representatives approved the death penalty bill MANILA, Philippines – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) slammed the House of Representatives on Tuesday evening, March 7, for approving the death 

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A woman listens as she attends a seminar for expectant mothers called Buntis Congress in this 2010 file photo taken in Mandaluyong. BW FILE PHOTO

Senate approves bill on expanded maternity leave

BUSINESS WORLD Senate Bill (SB) No. 1305 would double the length of maternity leave to women regardless of civil status or legitimacy of her child, to 120 from 60 days. Employers may also extend to another 30 days the leave granted, but with the additional month being without pay. Single parents will be granted a 

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President Rodrigo Duterte shares a light moment with Environment Secretary Gina Lopez during the 9th Cabinet Meeting in Malacañang on December 5, 2016. (King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo)

Duterte to Commission on Appointments: Listen to Gina

DavaoToday DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Digressing from his prepared speech on Tuesday while addressing the agriculture stakeholders in Malacañang, President Rodrigo Duterte said Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez had a good case in her hands, and should be given credit. “You just cannot ignore the cries of Gina Lopez. I know 

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De Lima arrest meant to silence criticism vs Duterte: Amnesty Int’l

ABS-CBN News MANILA- Human rights group Amnesty International has condemned the looming arrest of Senator Leila de Lima, saying the charges against her are “politically motivated.” In a statement Thursday, AI said the arrest of De Lima “is a blatant attempt by the Philippine government to silence criticism of President Duterte” and divert attention away 

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