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Militants set foot in Malacañang

MANILA – For the first time in over a decade, militant groups set foot in Malacanang, a feat that would have been unimaginable in previous administrations. On Thursday, members of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) entered the Malacañang Palace to have a dialogue with the new president. “Today, leaders of Bayan met with President Rodrigo 

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Excited by dreams of change, thousands push for People’s Agenda

“The people are expecting, hoping for genuine change, but what is clear is that they could only achieve that through their strong mass movement.” By MARYA SALAMAT MANILA – It was neither a protest rally nor a celebratory party, but the thousands that filled to bursting capacity the UP Diliman’s Film Center on June 

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NDF, incoming Duterte peace panel agree to hold formal talks in July

By RAYMUND B. VILLANUEVA and RONALYN V. OLEA MANILA – The incoming peace panel of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines negotiators agreed to hold formal talks in July based on previously signed agreements. Both parties released a joint statement last night (1 a.m. Manila time) after two days 

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Rev. Rex R.B. Reyes, Jr.

Peace advocates to US: step aside, give peace a chance in PH

DAVAO CITY — Peace advocates in the country are telling the United States to “step aside” and give the Philippines a chance to peace. Rev. Rex R.B. Reyes, Jr., convener of Pilgrims for Peace said the terrorist tag by the US on the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army “can impede the 

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Duterte on Cabinet: ‘They are men of honesty, integrity’

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday presented his Cabinet members, saying he was sure of their “integrity and honesty,” as well as their ability to implement his campaign promises. “I can assure you they are all men of integrity and honesty,” Duterte said in a press conference Tuesday night, after incoming presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo introduced 

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Interview with Dr. Judy Taguiwalo, incoming DSWD Secretary

Progressive leaders Ka Paeng Mariano and Prof. Judy Taguiwalo was appointed secretaries of Department of Agrarian Reform and Department of Social Welfare and Development The are two are among the list of names suggested by the CPP as nominees on the different position under the Duterte administration

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Martial Law victims appeal to Duterte: reconsider plans to allow Libingan burial for Marcos

DAVAO CITY – Even during the campaign period, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has been consistent with his stance on allowing the burial of former dictator President Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery) believing that this will unite the divided nation. On Monday night, May 23, Duterte reiterated that he will allow 

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Accelerated peace talks with Duterte possible – NDF official

DAVAO CITY – The emissary of the National Democratic Front said there is a possibility of an accelerated peace negotiations between the NDF and the government under President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. In an interview with Davao Today on Wednesday, May 18 NDF spokesman Fidel Agcaoili said the substantive agenda on the peace process are “sequential”, but 

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Human rights sidelined in PH presidential race

MANILA–Philippine presidential candidates have ignored human rights in their campaigns despite the violence which plagues the country, Amnesty International said today. The rights group spoke out as a survey was released showing the frontrunner for the 2016 poll was a mayor dubbed “Dirty Harry” who has openly boasted of personally killing criminals. Amnesty International (AI) 

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Issues fail to dent Duterte’s lead

Results of the last BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (SWS) pre-election survey conducted May 1-3 via face-to-face interviews with 4,500 validated voters nationwide — with a sampling error margin of ± 1 point — saw Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte ahead of the pack with a flat 33% score but still widen his lead over his 

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