Soldiers raid evacuation center in N. Cotabato

Early last month, Rakman Suleik and his 17-year-old son Samsudin, together with a few others, fled from the fighting between government troops and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Aleosan, North Cotabato. They had evacuated, to safety or so they thought, at the house of a certain Colonel Maguid of the Philippine National Police 

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Witness insists bombing that killed 4 children, 2 adults was deliberate

Mohalidin Unsi insists that the bombing attack by an OV 10 aircraft that killed four children, his wife and father-in-law, September 8, while they were fleeing on a boat was deliberate. He said they were even fired upon by soldiers while they were retrieving the bodies of the dead children. (Read story…)

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Two more union leaders nabbed, another being hunted down

The crackdown against Southern Tagalog activists continues as two more union leaders were arrested this morning. Arnaldo Seminiano and Sonny Gum-o, both organizers of Ilaw-Buklod ng Manggagawa (IBM), were arrested by four policemen around 10 a.m. at Manggahan, General Trias in Cavite, a report from the Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) said. 

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Colleagues say missing activist alive

BAGUIO CITY—The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) received information from a ‘reliable and credible’ source saying that missing activist James Balao is alive and is being detained by state security forces. According to Beverly Longid, CPA chairperson, the information they received Thursday came from an informant who is among the ranks of state security forces. (Read 

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Middle East is ‘Most Distressing OFW Destination’ – Migrant Group

The Arroyo government is frantically working for an increase in the deployment of Filipino migrant workers in the Middle East to cushion the impact of the probable lay-offs and decrease in remittances of overseas Filipinos in the US and other counties hit hard by the financial crisis. But the Middle East, according to Migrante International 

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International Solidarity Mission Initial Report on James Balao

Background On September 17, 2008 James Balao, a founding member of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and the President of the Oclupan Clan Association, was abducted while in transit between Baguio City and La Trinidad, Benguet. On September 20, 2008 the CPA distributed an Urgent Alert to it’s national and international partners to inform them 

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Mining Town Folk Fear More Landslides, Ask Bishop to Intercede

Fearing another landslide, some 300 residents of nearby Itogon, Benguet appealed for Roman Catholic Bishop Carlito Cenzon’s intervention and assistance to cause the immediate suspension of all mining activities in the area where16 indigenous miners were trapped in a tunnel last month. (Read story…)

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Labor Lawyer Arrested by State Agents

The chief legal counsel of the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU-May First Movement) was arrested yesterday around 1 p.m. by state agents. Atty. Remigio Saladero Jr. was arrested in his residence in Antipolo City by combined police and military elements led by the Antipolo Police and Military Intelligence Group 4A of the Intelligence Services of the 

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Interfaith Mission Deplores All-out War, Humanitarian Crisis in N. Cotabato, Maguindanao

Even as the Arroyo government publicly declares it is for peace in Mindanao, a National Interfaith Humanitarian Mission conducted in North Cotabato and Maguindanao from Oct. 22-24, 2008 concluded that: “The military offensives in North Cotabato and Maguindanao are carried out under the pretext of pursuit operations against Kato and his group, but these in 

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Black Friday Protest Set for Beheaded OFW

An alliance of overseas Filipino workers’ organizations based in the Middle East has set October 17 as a “Black” Friday to protest against and condemn the Arroyo administration for acting ‘too late with too little efforts to save an overseas Filipino worker from execution.’ (Read story…)

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