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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Fiery Lumad chieftain takes down North Cotabato Congresswoman

Regal Chieftain to Lumad “goddess”: NEVER SPEAK TO US AGAIN!In Davao City, it’s called the Bai Bibi takedown. Others call it The Diwata’s Comeuppance. Bai Bibiyaon Ligkayan Bigkay is no ordinary Lumad. She is one of only two female indigenous chieftains in Mindanao, the southern Philippines island of promise and strife. North Cotabato 2nd district 

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Int’l Peoples’ Tribunal verdict on Aquino, US gov’t: Guilty of Human Rights Violations

On the occasion of President BENIGNO SIMEON C. AQUINO III’s last State of the Nation (SONA) address, the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) will be highlighting the outcome of the The International Peoples’ Tribunal on Crimes of the US-Aquino Regime Against the Filipino People (IPT2015) to counter the false claims about 

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Chairman Andres Bautista

Stop Foreign and non-compliant election solutions — AES Watch

Today, the Filipino IT for Elections (FIT4E) which is supported by AES Watch*, is sponsoring a mock election featuring the demo of TAPAT, another Filipino alternative election technology solution designed by a father-and-son engineering tandem. The mock election is being held in cooperation with the Pamantasan ng Lunsod ng Maynila (PLM) at Intramuros, Manila.  Last 

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Many Filipinos think Aquino’s support for Mary Jane’s case, other OFWs not enough

Eight of ten Filipinos are aware of Mary Jane Veloso’s case, and half of these 1,219 respondents said that the Aquino government’s response to her case is not enough. Majority of the respondents also think that the Aquino government’s support for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) is not enough, according to IBON’s latest nationwide survey. Asked 

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CNN Philippines, solon condemn killing of cameraman

“The continued failure of the government to arrest, prosecute and convict the perpetrators is indicative of how little, if any at all, importance that the Aquino administration is making to stop this murderous rampage and end the state of impunity in our country.” MANILA – The CNN Philippines and press freedom advocates condemned the killing 

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Members of KMU and Gabriela offer prayers, flowers and their calls for justice to fire victims and survivors May 15, 2015, at Maysan village hall, Valenzuela City (Photo by M. Salamat /

Kentex’s many violations caused biggest factory fire casualty – labor NGOs

By MARYA SALAMAT MANILA – Even as Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, Kentex legal counsel Renato Paraiso and Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz are telling the mainstream media about the factory owners’ compliance with labor standards, building requirements and fire and safety requirements, the death of 72 people, as of the last count, because of the 

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