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Having to rebuild their lives again after the floods

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Evelia Balili, 48, was not able to save anything from the floods except a few clothes, blankets and plates. When the monsoon rains swamped many parts of Metro Manila this week, Balili’s house had been washed away by the floods. She lives a few meters away from the 

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Election watchdog calls for disqualification of partylist groups run by rich and powerful

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bulatlat.com MANILA — The election watchdog Kontra-Daya and the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) have filed a petition with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) calling for the immediate and final disqualification of a number of party-list groups, among them groups led by relatives of President Benigno Aquino III and those 

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Military continues to defy court order to transfer detained NDFP consultant

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA — A consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) exposed the ill treatment he got from his military captors. Tirso Alcantara, popularly known as “Ka Bart,” has been in solitary confinement at the Philippine Army Custodial Center, Fort Bonifacio headquarters in Taguig City since he was 

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The Olympics’ sex culture

MANILA, Philippines – The scene is all too familiar: littered red solo cups, dodgy stains on the carpet floor, lingering smells of every alcohol brand known to man, and—if you’re lucky—half-naked drunks dancing on tabletops who might as well be wearing flashing ‘WELCOME’ signs around their waists. That’s right. It’s Project X on steroids. But 

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Zsa Zsa Padilla diagnosed with stage 1 kidney cancer

MANILA, Philippines – After losing long-time partner Dolphy to complications from pneumonia and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, singer-actress Zsa Zsa Padilla is facing another blow: cancer. The news came from a tweet by ANC Alerts at 12:59pm on August 19, Sunday. Padilla, who is currently in Los Angeles for the 40th day of Dolphy’s death 

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In Davao del Sur, military detains wives of NPAs

By MARILOU AGUIRRE-TUBURAN Davao Today DAVAO CITY — Wives of New People’s Army (NPA) members were allegedly arrested and detained by the Philippine Army’s 39th Infantry Battalion under Lt. Col. Norman Zuniega on two separate incidents, August 6 and 7, in Sta. Maria town in Davao del Sur. According to a statement by the National 

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Just do it, arrest Palparan now, kin of victims say

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA — Though President Benigno Aquino III increased the reward money for the arrest of high-profile fugitives accused of human rights violations, relatives of the victims were not so pleased. Aquino has doubled the reward from P1- to P2-million for information leading to the arrest of retired Army general Jovito 

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DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo: Exemplary Public Servant

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Friends and colleagues of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo remember him as the best example of a public servant. In a statement, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma remembered Robredo as an “exemplary public servant, a pathfinder in implementing innovations in governance.” He said Robredo inspired “all those 

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GM Wesley So of PH wins Quebec Open

Youthful Wesley So of the Philippines, 17,  took clear first place kin the Quebec Open Chess Championship organized by the Quebec Chess Federation 21st to 28th July, 2012, at the beautiful venue College Brebeuf in Montreal, Canada. Wesley clinched the victory with a win in the final round against GM Bator Sambuev, Canada’s top board in 

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Philippines finishes Olympic run, still no medals

By Natashya Gutierrez MANILA, Philippines – Team Philippines is officially out of the Olympics after its final bet, BMX cyclist Daniel Caluag failed to advance Thursday, August 9. Caluag was eliminated from the quarterfinals of the BMX men’s event after he finished last in his heat with 29 points. Only the top four of each 

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