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DOJ drops charges against political prisoner Ericson Acosta

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Still recovering from a recent kidney operation, poet and songwriter Ericson Acosta was all smiles after receiving the good news that he had been waiting for. After more than a year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) finally acted on the petition for review filed by Acosta’s lawyers and 

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Defense counsel claims state witness in Olalia-Alay-ay murder case accepted bribes

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – Former Air Force Col. Eduardo ‘Red’ Kapunan, supported by former Mayor Filomeno Maligaya, bribed state witness Medardo Dumlao Baretto to recant in 2009. This was the allegation repeatedly made by Kapunan’s lawyer, Lorna Kapunan, as she cross-questioned the state witness in January 23 and 29 and fumed at his 

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‘One billion’ to rise against gender-based violence, poverty

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA – One Billion Rising is taking the world by storm. “It is something that has gone across class, social group and religion. It’s like a huge feminist tsunami,” Eve Ensler, the brainchild behind One Billion Rising, said in a report. Ensler, recently interviewed by The Guardian during her 

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Rachel Andal: Little Miss Piano Prodigy

MANILA, Philippines – The moment I heard about Rachel Andal, I was immediately reminded of another story we ran in October 2012 about a 7-year-old girl from England who had written her first opera, “The Sweeper of Dreams.” Her name is Alma Elizabeth Deutscher. Rachel reminded me of Alma because, like Alma, Rachel started composing 

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Filipina wants to shake up Oxford dictionary

MANILA, Philippines – Grammar Nazis take note! A Filipina is part of the team currently working on the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and is pushing to include Filipino-coined words like “presidentiable” and “senatoriable” in the venerable dictionary. Danica Salazar, PhD, 28, got her job at the OED last year after she was awarded a Mellon 

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Puerto Princesa Mayor Hagedorn fears for life of another Ortega witness

MANILA, Philippines — Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn fears for the life of a third witness in the killing of journalist and environmentalist Gerry Ortega. Hagedorn made this statement after a suspect-turned-witness in the case, Dennis Aranas, was found dead inside his cell in a provincial jail. During the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on 

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A happy heart renders ‘10 Rights of a Child’

MASKING SUSPICIOUS LOSS OF DAD JONAS MANILA–Guess who is the latest – and arguably one of the cutest – child rights advocates? She is 8-year-old Yumi Burgos, only child of farmer-activist Jonas Burgos, one of the most recognizable desaparecidos in the country. Yumi just won second prize in a national poster-making contest called Likhaang Bata, 

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US Navy bars park rangers from inspecting grounded ship at Tubbataha Reef

According to the Tubbataha management office, it is highly probable that the ship has damaged large portions of the heritage sites’ coral reefs, thus violating pertinent Philippine laws, including Republic Act 10067 or the Tubbataha Reefs National Park Act of 2009. By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – Outrage greeted the reported trespassing of US Navy 

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Rights groups foresee escalation of violations under new military chief

The appointment of Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista as the new chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines is not unexpected, said human rights lawyers, because it followed the promotion and appointment of other military officials who were linked to rights violations. By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Human rights groups warned 

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Akbayan accused of siding with Marcoses on compensation bill

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bulatlat.com MANILA — The progressive party-list group Bayan Muna is accusing a group closely allied with the Aquino government of resurrecting a legislative measure that is “ contrary to the interest of human rights victims.” Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares criticized Akbayan lawmaker Walden Bello for allegedly undermining the House 

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