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On Independence Day, comfort women protest PH gov’t bowing to Japanese gov’t

MANILA – On Independence Day, June 12, members of Lila Pilipinas an organization of comfort women, Flowers4Lolas and supporters braved the rain to protest the removal of the comfort woman statue at Roxas Boulevard in Manila. Lila Pilipina criticized the government for allowing the removal of the statue in exchange for “billions of pesos of 

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Martial law victims start claiming compensation

Hundreds of Martial Law human rights violations victims trooped to the Commission on Human Rights in Quezon City Friday to start claiming their compensations. Following the release of the initial list of 4,000 eligible claimants by the Human Rights Victims Claims Board earlier this month, cheques are now being distributed to survivors of Martial Law 

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Gabriela condemns govt’s removal of comfort woman statue

By RAYMUND VILLANUEVA Kodao Productions MANILA — Women’s group Gabriela strongly condemned the removal of the comfort woman statue along Roxas Boulevard in Manila Friday, saying the move is a desecration of Filipino women’s dignity. Blaming Japan and the Rodrigo Duterte government for the statue’s removal, the group said the move casts a foul insult 

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National Artist Cirilo Bautista, 76

MANILA–National Artist for Literature Cirilo Bautista died early yesterday after more than a month’s confinement at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City. He was 76. Bautista was a celebrated poet, author, critic, columnist, professor of literature and Palanca Awards Hall of Famer. He spent many years teaching at De La Salle University (DLSU) where he obtained 

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POET, ACTIVIST. Edgar Maranan finally stops writing. (Photo courtesy of Lei Maranan-Goldstein)

Edgar Maranan, poet and activist, dies

By Frank Cimatu Bulatlat.com BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – Edgar B. Maranan, whom poet Ruel de Vera described as a man who “can’t stop writing,” has finally stopped writing. Maranan died peacefully Tuesday morning, May 8, in Manila of liver complications, his poet sister Luchie said. On Facebook late on May 8, Luchie said that 

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Priest gunned down after celebrating Mass in Cagayan

By Raymund Villanueva Kodao Productions Another Roman Catholic priest was killed, this time in far north Luzon. Fr. Mark Ventura, former rector of the Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary of Aparri, was gunned down Sunday morning after celebrating Holy Mass in Barangay Peña West, Gattaran, Cagayan. The Seminary made the announcement on its Facebook page and 

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Delegates of the National Fact Finding Mission (NFFM) headed by the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) held on February 18-19, 2018 in Compostela town, Compostela Valley. (Contributed photo)

Trade union violations revealed in fact-finding mission

  DavaoToday.com DAVAO CITY, Philippines – A National Fact Finding Mission (NFFM) headed by the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) condemned on Friday the rise of human rights violations and union busting in Compostela town. Banana plantation workers of Sumitomo Fruit told the NFFM held on February 18-19, that the violations intensified after eight KMU-affiliated unions 

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Sister Patricia Fox after her release from the Bureau of Immigration, April 17. 
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Immigration bureau orders Aussie nun to leave the Philippines

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has forfeited the missionary visa of Australian missionary Patricia Anne Fox and ordered her to leave the country In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said that Bureau’s board of commissioners (BOC) forfeited Fox’s privilege of holding a missionary visa due to her 

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Duterte orders Congress to fast track impeachment of Chief Justice

DavaoToday.com MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte ordered House of Representatives to expedite the impeachment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, as he declared the top magistrate an enemy he wanted to get rid of. Duterte issued the scathing remark against the Chief Justice on-leave during Monday’s press conference at the Davao International Airport before 

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Human rights abuses continue unabated in Northern Mindanao, group says

By Jigger J. Jerusalem DavaoToday.com CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – Cases of abuses against civilians allegedly perpetrated by state security forces continue to pile up in parts of Northern Mindanao as martial rule is still in effect in Mindanao, a report of a fact-finding body revealed Monday. Conducted by the Northern Mindanao region team 

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