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Journalists, institutions decry ‘absurd legal attack’ against Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – A number of journalist groups and institutions slammed the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) recommendation to file cyber libel charges against Rappler Incorporated, its CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa, and former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr over a nearly 7-year-old story written months before the cyber libel law was enacted. In a press 

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Minimum age of criminal responsibility, reset to 12 years old, from 9

12, not 9 years old; “social,” not criminal responsibility, says House ABS-CBNNews.com MANILA–The House of Representatives on Wednesday (Jan. 23) approved on second reading a bill lowering the age of criminal liability. Lawmakers approved a bill lowering the age of criminal liability to 12 years old, instead of 9, as first proposed. House Justice Committee 

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Bill exempting journalists from being witnesses in anti-drug operations filed

By Kath M. Cortez DavaoToday MANILA, Philippines – As the government intensifies its campaign against illegal drugs, Makabayan representatives in Congress filed a bill to support the call to spare journalists from becoming witnesses during anti-drug operations. Led by Act Teachers Partylist Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro, the group including Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos 

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Alliance calls on Filipino people to act amid ‘bleak situation under Duterte’

“The mass killings are meant for mass intimidation! Not just in the drug war, but in the war against authoritarianism, in the war against poverty, and in the war against political dynasties and perpetuation of this system of injustice.” By ALYSSA MAE CLARIN Bulatlat.com MANILA— A broad array of groups and individuals expressed concern over 

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Fil-Am actor cast as lead in Broadway hit ‘Hamilton’

Philstar.com MANILA, Philippines — Last January 19, Filipino-American actor Marc dela Cruz took the stage as the lead role of the hit-Broadway musical “Hamilton” for the first time. “I am over the moon to be a part of Hamilton,” he said in an interview with New York-based Filipino-American magazine “The FilAm.” “I’ve been a fan 

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Ex-bank manager guilty of money laundering

Philstar.com MANILA, Philippines — A Makati City court  Thursday (Jan. 10) convicted a former bank branch manager of money laundering for her role in one of the biggest cyber-heists in history involving $81 million belonging to the Bangladesh government. In a 26-page decision, Judge Cesar Untalan of Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 149 sentenced 

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Ocampo et al released on bail, vow to file countercharges against perpetrators

“Make no mistake about it: while we welcome this victory, those responsible for these despicable acts cannot just rest yet because they will be surely held accountable.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo, ACT Rep. France Castro and 16 others who were released on bail vow to file 

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No need for nationwide Martial Law declaration, there is de facto martial law

ManilaToday.net On November 22, Rodrigo Duterte said there is no need to declare Martial Law nationwide. This is the nth time he said this. But his Memorandum Order 32, which is patterned in Martial Law in Mindanao, is not short of a martial rule. Ordered in the memo were redeployment of Armed Forces in the 

Posted 10 months ago by

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Drop ‘politically motivated’ criminal charges vs Rappler, Maria Ressa

‘This attempt to silence a highly regarded news website is just the latest example of the administration’s contempt for free and vibrant news media,’ says Human Rights Watch Asia Director Brad Adams MANILA–Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday, December 1, called on the Duterte administration to drop the “politically motivated” charges against Rappler Holdings Corporation 

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New study supports calls for closing OceanaGold’s Didipio Mine

RESEARCHERS from the United States, Canada, and the Philippines have released a study on the impact of mining in Nueva Vizcaya, Luzon, the largest Philippine island, by Australian-Canadian company, OceanaGold. They have visited the Didipio Gold and Copper Mine and the surrounding communities four times over the past five years, and have reviewed numerous reports 

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