Sakadas bare ‘slave-like conditions’ in Hacienda Luisita

The sakadas worked from 4 a.m. until 5 p.m. for a pay way below the minimum wage of P334 per day in Tarlac. They received P9 to P128 (US$0.18 to $2.6) per day due to numerous deductions. By RONALYN V. OLEA MANILA – Some 200 sakadas or seasonal agricultural workers from Bukidnon left for 

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Dayan, Espinosa: Who’s telling truth on drug money for De Lima?

MANILA, Philippines – The government’s 2 key witnesses against Senator Leila de Lima have different versions of when and how alleged drug money was brought to the embattled senator. Testifying before the House committee on justice on Thursday, November 24, De Lima’s ex-aide and former boyfriend, Ronnie Dayan, insisted that the last time he received 

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SC allows hero’s burial for Marcos

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat MANILA — Voting 9-5, the Supreme Court has given the go-signal for the internment of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. SC spokesperson Theodore Te announced the high court’s decision dismissing the petitions against the burial of Marcos at around 2 p.m., Nov. 8. The 

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Martial Law victims: 9-5 is just a number, not the truth

Three decades later, hundreds of Martial Law victims and their kin who are still seeking justice gathered at the University of the Philippines in Diliman to chant the familiar battle cry` in a somber, more reverberating tone that echoed both anger and frustration after the Supreme Court announced that former president Ferdinand Marcos who led 

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Duterte: no more foreign troops in PH in 2 years

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte may abrogate executive military agreements with the United States in a bid to freeing the country of the presence of foreign troops in two years time. The President made the announcement as he addressed the Philippine Economic Forum at the Convention Hall of Prince Park Tower Tokyo Hotel 

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President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet on the 
sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in 
Vientiane, Laos on Sept. 6. 
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Duterte Japan trip yields Toyota, Mitsubishi deals in $1.85-B package

TOKYO – President Rodrigo Duterte has secured $1.85 billion in investment pledges from Japanese companies here, including commitments from Toyota Motor Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors to build subcompacts in the Philippines, a Cabinet official said Thursday. The two auto giants’ decision to build Vios and Mirage models will boost Manila’s efforts to revive its automotive 

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RENEWAL OF TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and President Xi Jinping shake hands prior to their bilateral meetings at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. 
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Duterte bringing home $24B worth of deals from China

BEIJING, China (UPDATED) – President Rodrigo Duterte and the large business delegation that accompanied him to China may be bringing home around $24 billion worth of deals, said Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez. “Based on the numbers we are putting together now, in terms of investments, credit facilities opened, $24 billion,” Lopez told reporters on Friday, October 

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HELP OFWS. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz (extreme left) wants President Rodrigo Duterte to help undocumented OFWs in China.  PHOTO: Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte urged: Help 200,000 undocumented OFWs in China

MANILA, Philippines – Days after President Rodrigo Duterte returned from a trip to Beijing, a lawmaker urged the President to help some 200,000 undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) based in China. “‘Yung concern kasi ng sector namin, being the [one] representing OFW, is the legalization muna of the agreements between China and Philippines. Kasi hanggang 

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Environment sec vows moratorium on new mining

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – To the delight of thousands of indigenous and Moro people environment and natural resources secretary Gina Lopez said that her office will no longer entertain new permits for mining companies in the country. “I want you to know, that DENR now, I’m putting a moratorium on all new mining,” Lopez said 

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50 injured, 29 nabbed as police disperse protest at US embassy

“Today, we witnessed how even our local security forces are keen on employing violent tactics to quell the dissent of the marginalized and the oppressed.” By DEE AYROSO Bulatlat MANILA – At least 50 protesters were wounded and 29 were arrested by the Manila Police District (MPD) in a violent dispersal of a rally by 

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