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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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A ceasefire, an Amnesty Proclamation and a new round of talks

After more than half a decade of impasse, the first round of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) ended with the two parties agreeing on all six points in their agenda. “The Joint Statement that you are about to sign 

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CPP, NPA ‘celebrate’ resumption of formal talks, declare 7-day unilateral ceasefire

DAVAO CITY — The Communist Party of the Philippines and the National Operational Command of the New People’s Army issued a unilateral declaration of a seven-day ceasefire that will take effect starting Sunday, August 21. In a statement on Friday evening, August 19 the CPP said its Central Committee and the NPA declared the unilateral 

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Tiamzons freed on bail

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com (Updated 4:30 p.m.) MANILA — National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultants Wilma Tiamzon and Benito Tiamzon have been released on bail this morning. The Tiamzons were welcomed by supporters as they walked out of the Philippine National Police Custodial Center at Camp Crame, Quezon City. Yesterday,PNP Custodial jail 

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Local courts grant bail for 8 NDFP consultants

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat MANILA — Local courts granted the urgent motions for release on bail of eight consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), Aug. 11. Maria Kristina Conti of the Public Interest Law Center and one of the legal counsels of the NDFP consultants provided a list of NDFP 

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Groups condemn SC’s dismissal of plunder charges vs. ex-Pres. Arroyo

DAVAO CITY — Partylist lawmaker Carlos Isagani Zarate on Tuesday, July 19 expressed disappointment with the Supreme Court’s dismissal of plunder charges against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The case involves the alleged plunder of the P366-million confidential intelligence fund of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) during Arroyo’s term as president. Arroyo now serves as 

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Philippine officials shrug at surge in drug killings

Philippine National Police chief, Director General Ronald dela Rosa, provides cold comfort for Filipinos aghast at the surge in police killings of suspected drug dealers and drug users since President Roderigo Duterte took office on June 30. Dela Rosa, on July 11, slammed calls for a Senate probe of those killings as “legal harassment” and 

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VP Robredo is Duterte’s housing czar

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – President Rodrigo Duterte offered Vice President Leni Robredo a Cabinet post, specifically the position of chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). The HUDCC was the same agency headed by Robredo’s predecessors, former Vice President Jejomar Binay and Noli de Castro. This was announced by Justice Secretary Vitaliano 

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