Bishops hold Aquino accountable over torching of Lumad sanctuary

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MANILA – All seven-strong area bishops of the United Church of Christ of the Philippines gathered today, Feb. 26, to hold President Aquino accountable for the burning down of their mission center in Haran, Davao City, where some 700 Lumad are seeking refuge from militarization in their communities. UCCP 

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Just like Martial Law pre-EDSA? Burning of Lumad evacuation shelter, student dormitory condemned

DAVAO CITY–Lumad leaders and rights advocates condemned what was widely believed to be a clear case of politically-motivated arson against human rights victims, ironically a day before the 30th year anniversary of the EDSA People Power on February 25. At around 2:30 Wednesday, February 24, Lumad Manobo evacuees residing at their temporary shelters at United 

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HOMOPHOBIC REMARK. Groups are asking Sarangani Represenative Manny Pacquiao for saying animals know better than homosexuals when it comes to finding partners. (Screengrab from TV-5)

Pacman hit over below the belt ‘homophobic’ remark

BY ZEA IO MING C. CAPISTRANO DAVAO CITY – People’s champ Manny Pacquiao is in hot water for striking an offensive blow to the lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT) community. For comparing the LGBTs to animals, Gabriela Women’s Party urged Pacquiao to apologize to the said group. “LGBTs are people, citizens and deserve the 

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Don’t downplay mass layoffs in Saudi, OFWs tell gov’t

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MANILA – A group of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs ) warned the Philippine government not to downplay imminent threats of mass layoffs in Saudi Arabia due to the ongoing crisis in one of the top destinations for Filipinos leaving to work abroad. Migrante Partylist first nominee Garry Martinez said the 

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‘Bloody pre-Valentine’: 3 killed in Compostela Valley

“It seems the military is in a haste to meet its quota of civilians killed before the BS Aquino regime ends.” MANILA – Human rights group Karapatan denounced what it called “killing frenzy” by suspected soldiers in Compostela Valley province, with three victims slain in as many days. The group identified the victims as: Alejandro 

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Who will be the next PH president? Tight race begins

MANILA, Philippines – A cliffhanger race to lead the Philippines began Tuesday, February 9, with emotion-charged rallies by a dead movie star’s adopted daughter, a politician who brags about killing criminals, and other top contenders. The 3-month election campaign got under way with 5 aspirants standing a genuine chance of succeeding popular President Benigno Aquino 

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‘Aquino allies in Congress panicked over possible veto override’

“This means the Majority did not have the votes to quell the override and decided to even sacrifice the passage of their priority bills like the PPP bill, just to avoid losing the vote on override.” By MARYA SALAMAT MANILA – Senior citizens who joined the picket protest by workers and women’s groups at 

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Green activist killings worry Philippine church leaders

Bishops urge govt action after spate of killings in January By Mark Saludes and Jefry Tupas Catholic Church leaders in the Philippines have condemned a spate of killings targeting environmental activists in recent weeks, saying the government is not doing anything to prevent them or bring the killers to justice. “We must stop this 

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Seniors speak out on veto of P2,000 pension hike

By MARYA SALAMAT MANILA — Magdalena Barroga, a community leader and SSS pensioner, was one of the senior citizens who protested morning of January 28, in-front of the SSS Branch along Shaw Boulevard in Pasig City. She wanted to add her voice to the nationwide call for Congress to override President Aquino’s January 12 veto 

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Miriam Santiago, groups bewail SC decision upholding basing agreement

By DEE AYROSO MANILA – Anti-US bases activists have found a feisty ally in their battle against the return of US military bases in the country, as Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago disagreed with the Supreme Court ruling on the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca), and reiterated her call on fellow senators to abrogate the Visiting 

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