Philippines

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Resorts World Manila COO admits ‘Lapses in security’ in deadly attack

MANILA–Resorts World Manila chief operations officer (COO) Stephen Reilly admitted their security system had lapses, allowing a lone gunman to attack the hotel-casino and cause the death of 37 people. “I say there are lapses in security. When we played the first videos, I pointed out there should have been security personnel posted on certain 

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The on and off peace talks

After an optimistic end to the fourth round of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), things appeared to have soured once again. Even if the GRP-NDFP peace talks have got nothing to do with the intensified battle that erupted between 

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NEVER AGAIN: It’s time to show that we are also serious

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective People were half expecting it, and we have always shouted “Never Again!” in response to these threats. And now, President Duterte has made good his threat of declaring martial law in Mindanao and hinted that he is willing to declare it nationwide. Since August 2016, or a little more than 

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Ex-senator, bishops file 3rd petition on martial law before SC

MANILA, Philippines – Former senator Wigberto “Bobby” Tañada and several Catholic bishops were among those who filed the latest petition before the Supreme Court seeking to compel Congress to convene in a joint session on martial law. Manila Bishop Broderick Pabillo and Mother Adelaida Ygrubay, prioress of St Scholastica’s Priory of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters 

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After martial law declaration: Rights violations intensify in Mindanao

A few days after the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, a Moro resident of Brgy. Salat, President Roxas, North Cotabato was killed due to military aerial bombings, and at least two farmers were illegally arrested in Maragusan, Compostela Valley, in the course of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ continuing implementation of counter-insurgency operations 

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Navotas fisherfolk protest impending reclamation

To mark the World Environment Day on June 5, fisherfolk from Navotas led by Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) held a protest action along the coastal community of Brgy. Tangos in Navotas City to oppose the impending reclamation for the Navotas Boulevard Business Park (NBBP) project. NBBP is a 650-hectare reclamation project 

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Martial Law declaration to intensify civilian casualties in Marawi crisis – groups

 newly-elected chairperson of Suara Bangsamoro, said that the martial law declaration will not resolve the incursion of the Maute group in Marawi City but will only intensify civilian casualties and will only worsen the heightening peace instability in the province. Suara Bangsamoro today reported that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) gave civilians in 

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STATEMENT: Martial Law declaration flouts peace processes, rejects lessons of history

Statement by Sowing the Seeds of Peace in Mindanao Sowing the Seeds of Peace opposes the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao. Martial Law throws out the headways in the peace processes between the Philippine government, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Moro National Liberation Front, and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. The 

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NDFP says Martial Law will impact ongoing GRP-NDFP peace talks

DAVAO CITY, Philippines– The National Democratic Front said the ​imposition of Martial Law in Mindanao will have a negative implication in the ongoing peace talks with the government. ​ Placing the entire Mindanao, according to NDFP, “​would only aggravate the worsening human rights situation in the country because it curtails the freedom of the people.”​ 

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STATEMENT: Not too late to back down on Martial Law in Mindanao

* Statement of Konsyensya Dabaw on the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao Martial Law is upon Mindanao and Mindanawons once again. We in Konsyensya Dabaw are alarmed that 31 years after the ouster of the Marcos dictatorship, with which Filipinos resoundingly rejected militarism and authoritarian rule, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte saw it necessary to 

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