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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. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Duterte visit signifies ‘full recovery’ of PH-China relations

BEIJING, China – President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to China was successful in restoring the “friendship” between the Philippines and China, according to the Chinese government. “The visit signifies the full recovery of China, the Philippines’ friendship back to the normal level,” said Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin on Thursday, October 20. Liu gave the statement 

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LAKBAYAN 2016 marchers from indigenous communities and their supporters from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao converge in Manila to protest militarization and demand justice and peace.
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National minorities put crime scene yellow tape on mining firms’ gates

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – Some 400 members of indigenous people’s groups from Northern Luzon trooped to Makati for a series of picket protests on their first morning in the capital this Thursday, October 13. With many of them in their traditional attire, they recounted their situation which they said the mining and energy 

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SEN. LEILA DE LIMA: Persecuted or Narco Politician?

De Lima to file ‘test case’ vs Duterte before Supreme Court

MANILA–Amid incessant attacks against her, Senator Leila de Lima said on Tuesday, October 11, that she is set to file a case against no less than President Rodrigo Duterte before the Supreme Court next week. De Lima said she would file a writ of amparo and writ of habeas data against the President, who has 

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Int’l criminal court ‘closely following’ PH war on drugs

MANILA, Philippines – The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is “closely following” the war on drugs in the Philippines to see if the spate of deaths in the past 3 months may be considered “extrajudicial killings” that warrant a preliminary examination. “My Office, in accordance with its mandate under the Rome Statute, will 

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Arnel Figueroa was shot dead by security guard hired by government at Yulo Ranch in Palawan.

Farmer leader’s death violates ceasefire, peace talks – groups say

CAMARINES NORTE, Philippines – Various groups believed that the killing of farmer leader in Compostela, Valley is a violation of the unilateral ceasefire declared by the government in connection with the ongoing peace talks with the National Democratic Front. During a temporary stopover in Tabugon, Sta. Elena here, on Tuesday afternoon, Moro and Lumad leaders 

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Duterte invites UN, EU officials to PH to probe killings

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – President Rodrigo Duterte is inviting United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and European Union officials to the Philippines to conduct their own investigation into extrajudicial killings. “I am inviting the United Nations, si Ban Ki – hindi ko alam ang pangalan ng yawang ‘yan, Ban Ki-moon, Ban Ki-sun – I am 

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Spare the peddled, punish the peddlers

Statement by the National Union of People’s Lawyers on the case of overseas Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso We believe it is quite politically palatable to plead for the life of one of the poor Filipinos whose ill fates made President Duterte say in exasperation, “My God, I hate drugs.” Is it not because of 

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Lumad evacuees’ return home signals rebuilding of alternative schools

The ​Educators’ Forum for Development (EfD), a network of 100 schools nationwide advocating transformative education, commended the more than 2,000 Lumad evacuees on the reclaiming of their homes and ancestral land in Bgy. Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur. The group said that this also signifies initial steps towards the rebuilding of Lumad alternative schools and continuation 

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Peasant leader killed in Isabela

MANILA – A peasant leader was shot dead in Isabela province today, the fifth peasant victim killed in as many days. In a statement, the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) condemned the killing of Ariel Diaz, chairperson of the Danggayan Dagiti Mannalon ti Isabela (DAGAMI), who was shot dead by three armed men at 8 

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‘Stop the killings,’ anti-EJK group demands

By Chantal Eco, Manila Today “We unite to demand an end to the killings in the name of war on drugs. Justice and due process must be upheld,” said Mary Queen Shelsy Paño, spokesperson of Stop The Killings Network. The network was formed to call against extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, reportedly reaching almost 2,000 

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