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Court orders arrest of three soldiers accused of raping 17-year old

Although there is still a long way to go before the perpetrators are finally brought to the bar of justice, we hope that this initial success in Mutya’s struggle for justice would inspire other victims to also come out and pursue justice for the violence and abuse committed against them by military men and other 

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Siblings send birthday greetings to missing activist James Balao

James Balao, a member of the Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) has been missing since September 17, 2008, the day he was abducted by suspected state security forces in La Trinidad, Benguet. Below is the letter written by his siblings. (Read story…)

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On Earth Day, environmentalists urge Aquino to declare a moratorium on destructive mining

uezon City, Philippines – Environmentalists formed a human chain in Quezon Memorial Circle Sunday, April 22, in celebration of Earth Day 2012 which they took also as occasion to challenge the Aquino government to implement a nationwide moratorium on large-scale mining. The environmentalist groups have documented how destructive mining has been poisoning the Philippines’ river 

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After Baguio tree-cutting, SM linked to Paranaque demolition

MANILA,Philippines – Is SM in trouble again? After getting in hot water for supposedly cutting trees for a mall expansion in Baguio City, the group is now being linked to a violent demolition in Parañaque that left 1 dead and several others injured on Monday, April 23. Sheila Bernal, president of a homeowners association in 

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PNoy, Grace Lee break up; Pacquiao gets the cold shoulder

MANILA, Philippines – We’ve confirmed it with 3 sources close to the President: he’s broken up with Grace Lee. The breakup happened just this April. This ends what initially looked like a serious relationship for the country’s most powerful leader. Only in March, a Palace staffer was telling us about how the President seemed so 

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6 Filipinos among world’s billionaires

MANILA, Philippines – Six Filipino businessmen have made it to Forbes’ list of billionaires in the world. The 6 Filipinos are among the 315 from Asia who had a net worth of $1 billion or more, according Forbes’ magazine’s March 8, 2012 release. Forbes listed 1,226 billionaires all over the world who had a collective 

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College dropout now a billionaire

MANILA, Philippines – The youngest of the 40 richest Filipinos in Forbes list is a college dropout. Edgar “Injap” Sia II, a 30-something entrepreneur whose barbecue chain has overtaken multinational chain McDonalds in the second top spot in a span of 7 years, did not finish college because he has set a goal, according to 

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Isagani Yambot: loving father, excellent journalist, press freedom fighter

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – “Every time he comes home from work, no matter how late, I would still feel his tender kisses on me.” This is but part of the fond memories of Marie Paz of her father, Isagani Yambot, publisher of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Yambot or Gani to his colleagues, 

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Study links white rice consumption to diabetes

PARIS – Health researchers said on Thursday they had found a troubling link between higher consumption of rice and Type 2 diabetes, a disease that in some countries is becoming an epidemic. Further work is need to probe the apparent association and diets that are notoriously high in sugar and fats should remain on the 

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5 Filipinos open a Facebook account per minute

MANILA, Philippines – Much has been said about the Philippines being among the top social media countries in the world. And all of that is richly deserved. It is indeed a social and hyperconnected world and the statistics bear this out. The latest data from SocialBakers shows that almost one out of every 4 Filipinos 

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