HELP OFWS. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz (extreme left) wants President Rodrigo Duterte to help undocumented OFWs in China.  PHOTO: Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte urged: Help 200,000 undocumented OFWs in China

MANILA, Philippines – Days after President Rodrigo Duterte returned from a trip to Beijing, a lawmaker urged the President to help some 200,000 undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) based in China. “‘Yung concern kasi ng sector namin, being the [one] representing OFW, is the legalization muna of the agreements between China and Philippines. Kasi hanggang 

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Environment sec vows moratorium on new mining

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – To the delight of thousands of indigenous and Moro people environment and natural resources secretary Gina Lopez said that her office will no longer entertain new permits for mining companies in the country. “I want you to know, that DENR now, I’m putting a moratorium on all new mining,” Lopez said 

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50 injured, 29 nabbed as police disperse protest at US embassy

“Today, we witnessed how even our local security forces are keen on employing violent tactics to quell the dissent of the marginalized and the oppressed.” By DEE AYROSO Bulatlat MANILA – At least 50 protesters were wounded and 29 were arrested by the Manila Police District (MPD) in a violent dispersal of a rally by 

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RENEWAL OF TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and President Xi Jinping shake hands prior to their bilateral meetings at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Duterte visit signifies ‘full recovery’ of PH-China relations

BEIJING, China – President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to China was successful in restoring the “friendship” between the Philippines and China, according to the Chinese government. “The visit signifies the full recovery of China, the Philippines’ friendship back to the normal level,” said Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin on Thursday, October 20. Liu gave the statement 

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LAKBAYAN 2016 marchers from indigenous communities and their supporters from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao converge in Manila to protest militarization and demand justice and peace.

National minorities put crime scene yellow tape on mining firms’ gates

By MARYA SALAMAT MANILA – Some 400 members of indigenous people’s groups from Northern Luzon trooped to Makati for a series of picket protests on their first morning in the capital this Thursday, October 13. With many of them in their traditional attire, they recounted their situation which they said the mining and energy 

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SEN. LEILA DE LIMA: Persecuted or Narco Politician?

De Lima to file ‘test case’ vs Duterte before Supreme Court

MANILA–Amid incessant attacks against her, Senator Leila de Lima said on Tuesday, October 11, that she is set to file a case against no less than President Rodrigo Duterte before the Supreme Court next week. De Lima said she would file a writ of amparo and writ of habeas data against the President, who has 

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Int’l criminal court ‘closely following’ PH war on drugs

MANILA, Philippines – The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is “closely following” the war on drugs in the Philippines to see if the spate of deaths in the past 3 months may be considered “extrajudicial killings” that warrant a preliminary examination. “My Office, in accordance with its mandate under the Rome Statute, will 

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Arnel Figueroa was shot dead by security guard hired by government at Yulo Ranch in Palawan.

Farmer leader’s death violates ceasefire, peace talks – groups say

CAMARINES NORTE, Philippines – Various groups believed that the killing of farmer leader in Compostela, Valley is a violation of the unilateral ceasefire declared by the government in connection with the ongoing peace talks with the National Democratic Front. During a temporary stopover in Tabugon, Sta. Elena here, on Tuesday afternoon, Moro and Lumad leaders 

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Duterte invites UN, EU officials to PH to probe killings

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – President Rodrigo Duterte is inviting United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and European Union officials to the Philippines to conduct their own investigation into extrajudicial killings. “I am inviting the United Nations, si Ban Ki – hindi ko alam ang pangalan ng yawang ‘yan, Ban Ki-moon, Ban Ki-sun – I am 

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Mary Jane Veloso

Spare the peddled, punish the peddlers

Statement by the National Union of People’s Lawyers on the case of overseas Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso We believe it is quite politically palatable to plead for the life of one of the poor Filipinos whose ill fates made President Duterte say in exasperation, “My God, I hate drugs.” Is it not because of 

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