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Over 1,000 hurt during Nazarene procession

MANILA, Philippines – At least 1,485 devotees were given medical attention during the procession of the image of the Black Nazarene, the Philippine Red Cross said. PRC said at least 577 devotees had their blood pressure checked, while 860 sustained minor injuries. At least 36 devotees sustained major injuries, while 12 had to be brought 

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New law gives some hope to kin of victims of enforced disappearance

The new law, the first of its kind in Asia, imposes a punishment of life imprisonment on those directly involved in the crime of enforced disappearance as well as on superior officers who order or are otherwise implicated in a disappearance. By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – “It’s a small relief,” Belith Batralo, whose 

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Most Filipinos hopeful for 2013

MANILA, Philippines – The year 2013 brings hope for most Filipinos, according to the Social Weather Stations survey released Friday, December 28. The yearend survey, conducted between December 8-11, showed that 92% of adult Filipinos are feeling hopeful, rather than fearful, for the year ahead. This is just a slight drop from last year, wherein 

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DC Pinoy groups press stop to mining-related human rights abuses

(Petition delivery part of “National Day of Action” calling on Philippine government to hold military accountable for Tampakan Massacre and other acts of violence against indigenous people’s resistance to foreign large-scale mining on their lands.) WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, December 10—a day officially recognized as International Human Rights Day—representatives from DC-area Filipino community groups 

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Damage due to ‘Pablo’ balloons to P14-B

MANILA, Philippines – The amount of damage due to typhoon “Pablo” has reached P14 billion, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Wednesday. The NDRRMC said the agriculture sector took the most damage at P9.51 billion, while the costs of damage for infrastructures and private properties were pegged at P4.47 billion 

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‘Pablo’ damage: P900-M for roads

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways on Wednesday said Typhoon “Pablo” destroyed an estimated P900 million in national structures, particularly roads in the Southern Philippines. DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said the figure does not include schools and hospitals in the calamity-hit areas. He said the agency’s biggest concern is the destruction 

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Once progressive Cateel, now in ruins

MANILA – Cateel in Davao Oriental was once a progressive town that was visited by residents from neighboring areas so they can buy food and other necessary supplies. Today, no less than the residents of Cateel are now searching for shelter, food, and medicines outside their beloved town. “As if it was lifted [the whole 

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Andres Bonifacio honored, remembered on his 149th bday

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – Filipinos celebrate this Nov 30 the 149th birthday of the man they call as the great plebian, Andres Bonifacio. But unlike in usual government-sponsored celebrations marked by a one-time laying of wreath, some short speeches in hurried programs, token souvenirs to commemorate the hero, progressive peoples’ organizations nationwide prepared 

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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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