SC stops Comelec from cancelling Poe COC

MANILA, Philippines (5th UPDATE) – The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday, December 28, temporarily stopped the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from cancelling Senator Grace Poe’s certificate of candidacy (COC) for president. This comes hours after Poe filed petitions before the SC to stop the Comelec from barring her presidential bid. In a news briefing on 

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WHY NOW? The camp of presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe questions the timing of the release of the Comelec en banc's decision upholding her disqualification. 
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Grace Poe’s camp questions timing of Comelec decision

MANILA, Philippines – The camp of presidential race front runner Grace Poe questioned on Wednesday, December 23, the timing of the release of the final decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), which upheld her disqualification from the 2016 elections. Poe’s counsel George Garcia said the poll body could have made the ruling sooner or 

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COMELEC SAYS NO. File photo of presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe

Comelec en banc bars Grace Poe from running in 2016

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – The Commission on Elections on Wednesday, December 23, announced its majority decision to dismiss the appeal of Senator Grace Poe to allow her to run for president in May 2016. The commissioners voted separately on the two cases involving the senator’s citizenship and residency requirements: the one handled by the 

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Ampatuan Massacre, a grim symbol of reigning impunity under Aquino

IT is Pres. Benigno Aquino III’s last year in office but justice remains elusive for the victims of Ampatuan massacre. No perpetrator has been convicted, the victims still cry for justice. Aquino’s vow six years ago to immediately resolve the gruesome massacre has become a hollow promise: the culture of impunity and sheer lack of accountability 

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Defiant thousands march against Apec

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MANILA – In spite of security restrictions, road closures and government warnings against foreigners who will join rallies during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit, defiant protesters marched today Nov. 19, the second day of the summit, and reached Roxas Boulevard in Manila, a short distance from its venue 

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APEC leaders close summit by condemning terror attacks

MANILA, Philippines – Twenty-one Asia-Pacific leaders concluded their annual meeting on Thursday, November 19, by condemning recent terror attacks, which cast a shadow on the high-level economic summit. Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) called for increased global cooperation to fight terrorism following the Paris attacks that killed 129, the twin blasts in Beirut, 

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BACKING LUMAD. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on November 11, 2015, visits the camp site of Lumad or indigenous people staging a protest in Manila. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle to military: Leave the Lumad in peace

In one of his strongest statements, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle tells the military to leave the persecuted indigenous communities in Mindanao MANILA, Philippines – Leave the Lumad in peace. In one of his strongest statements as church leader, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Wednesday, November 11, appealed to the military to 

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Airport passengers put stickers on baggage to thwart ‘tanim-bala’

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MANILA – “Pangontra.” Overseas Filipino workers and Filipino immigrants leaving via the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 gladly accepted and placed on their luggages the stickers that read “This bag is bullet-proof. #StopTanimBala.” They hope the stickers would repel any attempt to victimize thru laglag-bala. The stickers were 

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IFJ Asia-Pacific launches End Impunity campaign, calls for action on journalist attacks

Focus: India, Pakistan, the Philippines Today, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Asia-Pacific, in coordination with its affiliates launches the three-week End Impunity Campaign for attacks against media workers. In the Asia-Pacific in 2014, 39 journalists lost their lives in the line of duty – accounting for nearly a third of all journalists killed around 

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Peasant groups dare presidentiables to address land problem

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL MANILA –- As presidential candidates gear to woo voters, farmers and agrarian reform advocates under the banner of the Philippine Land Reform Movement (PLRM) challenged them to address the lingering land problem, corruption of agricultural funds, and human rights abuses. The PLRM presented its “Peasant Electoral Agenda for 2016” 

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