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All major bets in NCR are recycled pols

MANILA, Philippines – In the National Capital Region, there are absolutely no fresh faces among the major candidates this coming elections. Metro Manila consists of 16 cities and one municipality. In each of these local government units, the candidates for mayor are either re-electionists, sons of the third-termers, or old-timers trying to re-take city hall. 

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Akbayan: Representing the over-represented, deceiving the marginalized

By ANTON DULCE http://radulce.wordpress.com/ MANILA — 2007: Akbayan, a partylist[1] group which claims to be ‘leftist’, calls for the disqualification of around 14 partylist groups, Citing their organizational and financial links with the administration of then-president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello said “We must stop the rabid bastardization of the party-list system being 

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Groups hold military, mining firm liable for Tampakan massacre

MANILA – Enraged over the massacre of an indigenous peoples family in Tampakan, South Cotabato, indigenous peoples, environmental advocates and human rights workers held a protest in front of the Department of National Defense (DND) at Camp Crame, October20. According to an urgent action alert released by Karapatan, soldiers of the 27th Infantry Battalion of 

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Aquino half-hearted about mining?

MANILA, Philippines – Mining industry players have complained that the Aquino administration’s rules and even the President’s stance on mining are unclear. So in an exclusive interview on Wednesday, October 17, Rappler business editor Lala Rimando asked President Aquino point-blank if he likes mining. At best, the President’s response was lukewarm. “In the sense that 

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Aquino says he favors decriminalizing libel by Ayee Macaraig

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III supports efforts to decriminalize libel in the Philippines. Following criticism about the enactment of a law that imposes heavier penalties on online libel, Aquino said that he is actually in favor of removing criminal liability for libel. Aquino made the statement at the Annual Presidential Forum of the 

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Renowned Filipino architect Philip H. Recto calls on fellow architects: Be City Changers

By Armando D. Manaloto MANILA–“Manila will be a dying city soon for lack of a good urban plan and the failure of its leadership to muster the political will to get organized around a strong urban planning authority to continually enforce the rules and implement them to make the city vibrant and relevant at all 

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Roxas cites security issues in Chinese’ control of national grid

MANILA, Philippines – Citing security issues, Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II called on China to turn over control and transfer the promised technology in the country’s main power transmission company to Filipinos. In a press briefing on Tuesday, September 25, Roxas said he discussed with Chinese Foreign Affairs Vice Minister Fu Ying 

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Aquino gov’t agrees to revise mining IRR

MANILA, Philippines – The government caved in to the mining industry’s call to change legally and financially contentious provisions in the recently issued mining rules. The announcement on the revision in 3 provisions of the mining rules on Monday, September 24, comes after President Aquino called a Malacañang meeting with members of a council responsible 

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Sex on display: The Museum of Sex

New York, USA – The sign at the exhibit entrance reads: “Please do not touch, lick or mount any of the exhibits.” It sounds like a wildly presumptuous assumption to make, but here at the Museum of Sex, it serves as both forewarning and welcome. From the swanky gray building swathed in dripping bubble gum 

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Police, military collude to defy court order, keep Red leader in military detention

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – In a supposed democracy, civilian authority is considered supreme over the military. Such is not the case for detained rebel leader Tirso “Ka Bart” Alcantara who has been in solitary confinement and heavily guarded by soldiers since he was arrested in January last year for rebellion, murder and 

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