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Hunger, trauma, despair haunt ‘Pablo’ survivors

MANILA, Philippines – Aside from unrelenting hunger, survivors of Typhoon Pablo in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental are also fending off the trauma of seeing loved ones and homes obliterated in the disaster. Latest reports from the towns of Cateel, Baganga, and Boston in Davao Oriental, and in New Bataan in Compostela Valley reveal families 

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Coconut farmers demand cash distribution, control over coco levy funds

MANILA — Not so fast, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. Your promises are no good, and the coconut farmers need cash. Coconut farmers led by the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas and the Kaisahang Pambansa ng mga Magsasaka sa Koprahan (Koprahan) have formed the alliance Coco Levy Funds Ibalik sa Amin (CLAIM) in a program in Pagbilao, 

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8 years after Luisita massacre, not one hectare distributed

“Until now, the Cojuangco-Aquinos have not given back our land and we have not received a single centavo as payment for our land that they sold.” – Alyansa ng Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com HACIENDA LUISITA, Tarlac – Gathered in a shelter made of galvanized iron sheets and pieces of 

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Green groups, indigenous peoples hold ‘Mines UNSafety Week’

MANILA – Some four hundred indigenous peoples (IP) and representatives of mining-affected communities in Benguet, Ilocos and Cagayan regions meet with other IPs and green groups from Manila to conduct protest actions in Baguio City from November 13 to 14. They are marking what they describe as the opposite of Mines Safety Week, which mining 

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4 columnists exposed for similar sin tax articles

MANILA, Philippines – What do 4 columnists of competing Philippine newspapers have in common? Their columns on the sin tax bill pending in the Senate bear similar content and form — all critical of Sen Franklin Drilon and his move to push for higher taxes on cigarettes and alcohol. Columnists Alex Magno (Philippine Star), Ducky 

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Comelec urged: ‘Watch campaign funders, too’

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) was urged on Thursday, November 15, to not only monitor how candidates will spend on their campaigns, but also to look into the resources of their funders and contributors. In a forum organized by the Ateneo School of Government, Vincent Lazatin of the Transparency and Accountability Network 

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NGO accused of faking documents

Employees of the Visayan Forum (VF), an anti-trafficking organization, allegedly devoted Saturdays to producing fake receipts that justified up to P210 million in supposedly misused donations from the United States Agency for International Development. Former VF employees who had turned witnesses for the National Bureau of Investigation said they fabricated receipts to comply with auditor 

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List: 10 highest paid gov’t execs in 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The 2011 list of government’s top earners is quite different from 2010. The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor) chairman used to top it. Not anymore. In 2011, the higest earners are officials from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), and 

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Harper visits Philippines

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Fil-Am Rep re-elected; newbie loses in Ohio

ncumbent Democrat Rep Robert Scott was re-elected for his 11th term as representative of the 3rd District of Virginia with a convincing total of 80.96% or 243,814 votes. Scott, who is of African-American and Filipino-American descent, holds the distinction of being the first Filipino-American to be a voting member of Congress and the 2nd African-American 

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