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The Philippines and the Universal Periodic Review

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA — The Philippines is signatory to several international agreements for the protection of human rights, foremost of which is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Philippine government signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). 

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Pacman denies anti-gay quote

MANILA, Philippines – He still believes gay marriage is a sin, but Manny Pacquiao denies he referred to a controversial anti-gay verse from the Book of Leviticus. “Hindi ako nagsabi niyan, kasinungalingan ‘yan…Hindi ko alam ‘yang verse ng Leviticus kasi hindi pa ako nakabasa ng Leviticus,” Pacquiao clarified in a report on ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol. 

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PH undergoes review by UN body

GROUP SCORE CONTINUING RIGHTS ABUSES “The whole world knows of the failure of the Aquino government to bring to justice human rights violators like Gen. Jovito Palparan and of the horrendous, less than one percent conviction rate of perpetrators of political killings on top of the snail-paced justice system.” – Fr. Rex RB. Reyes, NCCP 

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Top 10 richest congressmen

MANILA, Philippines – Here’s your Top 10 richest congressmen, based on declarations in their 2011 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). (Read story…)

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Teachers run for salary increases

MANILA – They are overworked but underpaid. Public school teachers under the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) and its progressive party-list ACT Teachers Party joined a run, last Sunday April 29 in Quezon City, to call for a salary increase. The teachers are demanding for an upgrade of the salary grade level of Teacher 1 

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Philippines tops list of world’s most disaster-hit countries in 2011

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bulatlat.com MANILA — Topping this list is not an achievement for any country. The Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) has recently released its 2011 Disaster Report saying that the Philippines topped the list of countries most frequently hit by natural disasters last year. Citing the records of the Centre for 

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Finding fulfillment in serving the poor

MANILA – Life is getting more and more difficult nowadays and many Filipinos have been seeking work abroad. Health professionals for one opt to work abroad for the betterment of their family’s lives. But registered nurses Christ Ian Mostrales, 27 and Sean Herbert Velches, 27, chose to stay in the country despite the offers to 

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Bikini pic issue: School sues over ‘bad parenting’

MANILA, Philippines – Now it’s St Theresa’s College’s turn to sue. The Catholic school based in Cebu filed criminal charges against the parents of 3 of its high school students barred from their graduation ceremonies over photos of them in bikinis. Sun.Star Cebu reported Wednesday, April 2 that the STC filed the case to “affirm 

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Corona vs Ombudsman: What’s at stake?

MANILA, Philippines – Why would Chief Justice Renato Corona want the Ombudsman – a former colleague at the Supreme Court – to testify against him in his own impeachment trial? On May 8, the defense asked the Senate, sitting as an impeachment court, to subpoena Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales so she can disclose her findings on 

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OBITUARY: Gloria Licad-Lanot – 1917-2012

Music teacher and pianist, passed away at age 94 on Sabado de Gloria, April 7, 2012. Born in Lubao, Pampanga, on August 15, 1917, she obtained an AB degree, major in Piano, at St. Scholastica’s College; an MA in Piano at Chicago Musical College, where she got a standing ovation at her graduation recital; and 

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