Election watchdog protests Comelec’s ‘sinister acts’

“By its refusal to implement safeguards, Comelec itself is the one undermining the credibility of the election results.” By MARYA SALAMAT MANILA – The first public protest over the Comelec’s refusal to print voter receipts was held today, Tuesday, March 15, in front of the Comelec’s national headquarters at Intramuros, Manila. Led by the 

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Filipino women workers worse off under Aquino–IBON

The plight of Filipino women workers worsened under Aquino more than one hundred years after the first International Women’s Day was celebrated, said research group IBON. According to the group, the government refuses to significantly raise wages and instead promotes neoliberal policies such as labor flexibilization and contractualization. This has only created further job insecurity and 

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Never forget, never again

By Robert J.A. Basilio, Jr. Not every coffee-table book is offered free to the public. But this one is. Marcos Martial Law: Never Again by author, journalist, and blogger Raissa E. Robles “is available at absolutely no cost,” said a flyer distributed during the book’s soft launch on Tuesday, roughly 30 years after the fall 

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Supreme Court allows Grace Poe to run for president

MANILA, Philippines (5th UPDATE) – In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court (SC) decided to save Senator Grace Poe from disqualification as presidential candidate in the 2016 elections. The SC en banc on Tuesday, March 8, voted9-6 to reverse the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to cancel Poe’s certificate of candidacy (COC). Chief 

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Bishops hold Aquino accountable over torching of Lumad sanctuary

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MANILA – All seven-strong area bishops of the United Church of Christ of the Philippines gathered today, Feb. 26, to hold President Aquino accountable for the burning down of their mission center in Haran, Davao City, where some 700 Lumad are seeking refuge from militarization in their communities. UCCP 

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The Orphans. There are children in white but grimy clothes.  They’re behind barbed wire fences, and hold flyers with pictures of adults who have ‘forcibly disappeared’ -- the desaparecidos.

IN PHOTOS: Inside the powerful EDSA 30 experiential museum

By Paolo Abad, MANILA – “Never again.” I’ve seen this phrase plastered all over my Facebook feed – two simple words, yet stark in meaning. “Never again” to “one of the darkest chapters” in Philippine history: the Marcos dictatorship, with its iron-fisted rule and wanton curtailment of rights. Some of my former professors and 

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Just like Martial Law pre-EDSA? Burning of Lumad evacuation shelter, student dormitory condemned

DAVAO CITY–Lumad leaders and rights advocates condemned what was widely believed to be a clear case of politically-motivated arson against human rights victims, ironically a day before the 30th year anniversary of the EDSA People Power on February 25. At around 2:30 Wednesday, February 24, Lumad Manobo evacuees residing at their temporary shelters at United 

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Rainbe Bartolome, a 17-year-old college student, stares at the remains of her dormitory. A new boarder, she says all her possessions, including her books, were burned. (Photo by Ace Morandante/

Photos: Lumad evacuees camp, dormitory burned

By Ace R. Morandante Feb. 24, 2016, Davao Today

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HOMOPHOBIC REMARK. Groups are asking Sarangani Represenative Manny Pacquiao for saying animals know better than homosexuals when it comes to finding partners. (Screengrab from TV-5)

Pacman hit over below the belt ‘homophobic’ remark

BY ZEA IO MING C. CAPISTRANO DAVAO CITY – People’s champ Manny Pacquiao is in hot water for striking an offensive blow to the lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT) community. For comparing the LGBTs to animals, Gabriela Women’s Party urged Pacquiao to apologize to the said group. “LGBTs are people, citizens and deserve the 

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Don’t downplay mass layoffs in Saudi, OFWs tell gov’t

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MANILA – A group of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs ) warned the Philippine government not to downplay imminent threats of mass layoffs in Saudi Arabia due to the ongoing crisis in one of the top destinations for Filipinos leaving to work abroad. Migrante Partylist first nominee Garry Martinez said the 

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