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Conference renews push for Peoples’ Mining Bill

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com Sidebar: John Arcilla, actor, environmentalist attends Peoples’ Mining Conference MANILA – “A hundred years after exporting our precious timber, have we become rich?” This is the question Kabataan Partylist Rep. Raymond Palatino threw to the participants of the 3rd Peoples Mining Conference happening until today in Tagaytay City. (Read story…)

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Farm workers to SC: ‘Junk Cojuangco-Aquinos’s plea, declare decision as final’

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Farm workers of the Hacienda Luisita urged the Supreme Court to declare with finality its November 22, 2011 decision ordering the distribution of 4,916 hectares of Hacienda Luisita land to the original 4,296 original farmworker beneficiaries (FWBs). (Read story…)

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After more than 3 years, Ombudsman acts on torture case

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – After almost six years, torture victim Raymond Manalo was asked to recount the horror he went through at the hands of the military during the clarificatory hearing at the Office of the Ombudsman, Jan. 31. (Read story…)

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Bill to compensate martial law victims barely moving

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Romeo Luneta would have joined the delegation of martial law victims in a dialogue with House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jan. 24. But he fell twice that day. At 69, Luneta has hypertension and diabetes. (Read story…)

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Palparan still no-show, yet issuing statement through ‘lawyer’

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan — For the third time, retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. did not attend the hearing at the Bulacan regional trial court. Palparan is charged with kidnapping and serious illegal detention in relation to the disappearance of two students of the University of the Philippines Karen Empeno 

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International lawyers to Aquino: ‘Release political prisoners, stop impunity’

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Various organizations of foreign lawyers have scored the Aquino administration for the continuing human rights violations. In a statement, the International Association of Peoples’ Lawyers (IAPL) said it had high hopes at the inauguration of the newly elected President Benigno S. Aquino III. “19 months later, IAPL sees 

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2 law experts think SC can intervene in CJ trial

MANILA, Philippines – For some senator-judges in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, the Supreme Court may have encroached into the powers of the impeachment court when it issued a temporary restraining order on the presentation of Corona’s dollar accounts. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano said the SC should not be interfering in the 

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Corona richer by P8M after joining SC, SALNs show

MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona’s net worth went up from P14.9 million in 2002 to P22.9 million in 2010, according to documents submitted to the impeachment court on Wednesday. Based on Corona’s 2010 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN) turned over by Supreme Court Clerk of Court Enriqueta Vidal, 

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Philippine journalist shot, killed in front of wife, daughter

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the shooting death of Philippine radio commentator and community newspaper publisher Christopher Guarin and calls on authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice quickly. Guarin, a block time radio broadcaster with Radyo Mo Nationwide and publisher of Tatak News, was shot and killed by unidentified motorcycle-riding assailants on Thursday 

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Luisita farm workers wary of Aquino’s motives behind Corona impeachment

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Farm workers of the Hacienda Luisita warned President Benigno S. Aquino III against his “continuing manipulation” to reverse the Supreme Court decision ordering land distribution. In a press conference this morning, Rodel Mesa, secretary general of Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (Uma) said that while they support 

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