#FighterNgBayan | Makabayan announces Colmenares’ bid for senate

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MANILA – Progressive bloc Makabayan Coalition has formally announced the candidacy of Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares for senate during its convention at the San Andres Sports Complex in Malate here, today, Sept. 30. “Make me your voice in the Senate. Now is the right time,” Colmenares said, addressing 

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3 foreigners, 1 Filipina abducted in Samal Island

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – Three foreigners – two Canadians and a Norwegian – and a Filipina were abducted in a resort in Samal Island in Davao del Norte late Monday night, September 21, authorities confirmed. Police identified the victims as Norwegian resort manager Kjartan Sekkinstad, 56; Canadian guests John Ridsdel, 68, and Robert Hall, 

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Death of Ph eagle shows gov’t failure to protect biodiversity, says green group

By Dee Ayroso MANILA–The Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) said the death of the Philippine eagle Pamana exposed government’s “low priority” in protecting the country’s endangered species and forests. Pamana, a three-year old female Philippine Eagle (pithecophaga jefferyi) was found decomposing with a bullet wound in the chest on Aug. 16 in 

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Aquino Legacy: More poor Filipinos in the last 5 years

Research group IBON said that the growing number of poor Filipinos in the country today debunks the Aquino administration’s claims that its successful poverty alleviation strategy would be one of its achievements that must be continued by the succeeding administration. The group delivered its assessment of the Aquino administration’s five years in office in its 

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Proposed 2016 national budget prone to abuse in election year

Research group IBON said that the proposed 2016 national government budget is vulnerable to abuse in the critical 2016 election year. There are large lump-sum amounts including suspiciously for local governments, as well as an apparent attempt to give the administration greater flexibility to declare savings and transfer funds in the middle of the year. 

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DAP-like mechanism persists in proposed 2016 budget

Despite a Supreme Court decision last year declaring the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional, a mechanism to retain discretionary lump-sum funds persists in the proposed 2016 budget, research group IBON said. Instituted by Department of Budget Management secretary Florencio Abad, the controversial DAP allowed the President to decide on using funds from discontinued projects or 

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Aquino Legacy: Wealth of richest tripled

The country’s few rich became richer while wages and incomes remained low for millions of working Filipinos in the last five years. This would be one of the clear legacies of the Aquino administration, research group IBON said. What government claims to have been inclusive growth benefited only a few families and corporations. The wealth 

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Sr. Stella Matutina, OSB

German City awards Mindanaoan nun for HR advocacy

DAVAO CITY – A Filipina Benedictine nun from Mindanao is the recipient of the Award for Human Rights by the Weimar City in Germany this year. Sr. Stella Matutina, 47, is an environmental defender and secretary-general of Panalipdan! Mindanao, a network of advocates for the environment and patrimony. The news about Matutina’s award was emailed to 

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10th Infantry Division spokesperson First Lieutenant Alexandre Cabales denies that the Lumad teener who “escaped” with her mother during the commotion inside the UCCP church compound in Davao City was a rape victim. (Ace R. Morandante/

Group says IP girl raped in two separate incidents by Army; AFP denies allegations

DAVAO CITY – Progressive group Gabriela said the girl who allegedly “escaped” from the church compound on Thursday was raped by members of the 68th Infantry Battalion in two separate incidents. Nora Kakay and daughter “Tess”, 14, allegedly escaped from Haran compound on July 23, because they wanted to seek assistance and go home. Gabriela 

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UN rapporteur hears update on IP evacuees in Davao church compound

DAVAO CITY – A partylist lawmaker from Mindanao brought up the situation of the indigenous people evacuees in a church compound here in a meeting with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons. Dr. Chaloka Beyani, UN SR on IDPs, is on his official visit in the Philippines to 

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