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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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Justices cite loopholes in Cybercrime law

The battle against the Cybercrime law before the Supreme Court began with the petitioners citing the unconstitutionality and dangers of the law. By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Five lawyers representing 15 groups of petitioners presented their basis for petitioning the Supreme Court to strike down Republic Act 10175 or Cybercrime Law as unconstitutional 

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The times they are a-changin’: A tale of folk and protest songs

The Country in the Heart By Ed Maranan IN THE WINTER OF 1962, between Christmas day and the New Year, sixty teenagers from as many countries arrived in New York City to attend a world youth forum sponsored by a top American newspaper. I was the youngest of the lot, all of sixteen and a 

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Botong’s first solo exhibit

By Jasmine T. Cruz Botong Francisco: A Nation Imagined Ongoing until March 31 Ayala Museum, Makati Ave. corner De la Rosa St., Greenbelt Park, Makati City IT MAY SEEM ODD, but National Artist Carlos “Botong” V. Francisco never had a solo exhibit of his works in his lifetime.   So the exhibit Botong Francisco: A 

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Business as Usual for the Black Nazarene

MANILA, Philippines – Vendors in Quiapo stock their inventories before devotees flood the Plaza Miranda for the Black Nazarene. Towels fly. Banners line the skies. And crowds march to the beating of drums. It’s a feast for the eyes, but this small spectacle is only a taste of what’s to come for the Feast Day 

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New Year’s wish of college editors: New Year’s Resolution for Pres. Aquino

The following are some of college editors’ proposed 2013 New Year’s Resolution for President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, as compiled by the College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) national office: More prudent spending. The government should monitor spending especially with the implementation of the Sin Tax Law. – Patrick Ong, Editor in chief of The 

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