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Aquino gov’t agrees to revise mining IRR

MANILA, Philippines – The government caved in to the mining industry’s call to change legally and financially contentious provisions in the recently issued mining rules. The announcement on the revision in 3 provisions of the mining rules on Monday, September 24, comes after President Aquino called a Malacañang meeting with members of a council responsible 

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Sex on display: The Museum of Sex

New York, USA – The sign at the exhibit entrance reads: “Please do not touch, lick or mount any of the exhibits.” It sounds like a wildly presumptuous assumption to make, but here at the Museum of Sex, it serves as both forewarning and welcome. From the swanky gray building swathed in dripping bubble gum 

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Police, military collude to defy court order, keep Red leader in military detention

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – In a supposed democracy, civilian authority is considered supreme over the military. Such is not the case for detained rebel leader Tirso “Ka Bart” Alcantara who has been in solitary confinement and heavily guarded by soldiers since he was arrested in January last year for rebellion, murder and 

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Sarangani flashflood displaces close to 400 families

DAVAO CITY – At least 5 people are missing and 391 families have been displaced in several villages in Malungon, Sarangani province after the Tinagacan River overflowed and caused flashfloods Saturday afternoon, the military reported. Floodwaters reached the roofs of houses in Sitios Mabuhay and Ilang-Ilang, Barangay Malandag and Sitio Lamlifew, Barangay Datal Tampal in 

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40 years after, martial law activists still clamor for justice

“Forty is not just a number to remember but a reminder of the length of time we have been fighting impunity and for the attainment of justice. “ – Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Karapatan By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Tears welled up in the eyes of Clarita Sanchez when she recalled how her son died 

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Transport leader killed in Pampanga

Ponciano ” Poncing” Infante, president of the local transport group Pasada-Angeles City and the Pandan-Angeles Drivers Operators Association, was killed by two men riding a motorcycle last September 3. George San Mateo of Piston said Infante is the fourth transport leader killed this year. By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bulatlat.com The Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan 

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Saluting a great revolutionary, writer and editor Antonio Zumel

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – What prompts a person to leave the tried-and-tested comfort of being in the herd, and become a revolutionary and a hero? The Philippines has had its share of luminous revolutionaries and heroes, and will likely continue to have more as the section of its population that is waging what 

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‘Robredo never lost hope in Philippines’

MANILA, Philippines – Until the eve of the fatal plane crash off Masbate, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo never lost hope in his country’s future, one of his staff said on Tuesday. Robredo’s speech writer Salve Duplito told dzMM that Robredo was idealistic and always believed that good governance was attainable. In her 

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‘Robredo was the president we never had’ By Caroline Howard, ANC

MANILA, Philippines – Imagine a modern-day Ramon Magsaysay. If Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo had survived Saturday’s plane crash in the waters off Masbate, who knows if he would’ve been another “Man for the Masses” or a president for the people. On that fateful day on August 18, however, no 

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Robredo’s wife: Jesse was ready

By Natashya Gutierrez NAGA CITY, Philippines – In a black dress and often with a smile on her face, the wife of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo faced the media for the first time. Leni, who spoke with a strong voice, shared her last conversation with her husband, as well as how their family 

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