Philippines

Rachel Andal: Little Miss Piano Prodigy

MANILA, Philippines – The moment I heard about Rachel Andal, I was immediately reminded of another story we ran in October 2012 about a 7-year-old girl from England who had written her first opera, “The Sweeper of Dreams.” Her name is Alma Elizabeth Deutscher. Rachel reminded me of Alma because, like Alma, Rachel started composing 

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Filipina wants to shake up Oxford dictionary

MANILA, Philippines – Grammar Nazis take note! A Filipina is part of the team currently working on the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and is pushing to include Filipino-coined words like “presidentiable” and “senatoriable” in the venerable dictionary. Danica Salazar, PhD, 28, got her job at the OED last year after she was awarded a Mellon 

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Puerto Princesa Mayor Hagedorn fears for life of another Ortega witness

MANILA, Philippines — Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn fears for the life of a third witness in the killing of journalist and environmentalist Gerry Ortega. Hagedorn made this statement after a suspect-turned-witness in the case, Dennis Aranas, was found dead inside his cell in a provincial jail. During the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on 

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A happy heart renders ‘10 Rights of a Child’

MASKING SUSPICIOUS LOSS OF DAD JONAS MANILA–Guess who is the latest – and arguably one of the cutest – child rights advocates? She is 8-year-old Yumi Burgos, only child of farmer-activist Jonas Burgos, one of the most recognizable desaparecidos in the country. Yumi just won second prize in a national poster-making contest called Likhaang Bata, 

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Two cases of disappearance reported to human rights groups

After enactment of Anti-Enforced Disappearance Law Karapatan and Families of Desaparecidos for Justice (Desaparecidos) deplored the abduction of Sheikh Bashier Mursalum and Muin Kahal Hamja, as these organizations add two more names to the long list of enforced disappearances in the country. The abduction happened after President Aquino signed the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act of 2012 in 

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US Navy bars park rangers from inspecting grounded ship at Tubbataha Reef

According to the Tubbataha management office, it is highly probable that the ship has damaged large portions of the heritage sites’ coral reefs, thus violating pertinent Philippine laws, including Republic Act 10067 or the Tubbataha Reefs National Park Act of 2009. By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – Outrage greeted the reported trespassing of US Navy 

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Rights groups foresee escalation of violations under new military chief

The appointment of Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista as the new chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines is not unexpected, said human rights lawyers, because it followed the promotion and appointment of other military officials who were linked to rights violations. By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Human rights groups warned 

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Akbayan accused of siding with Marcoses on compensation bill

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bulatlat.com MANILA — The progressive party-list group Bayan Muna is accusing a group closely allied with the Aquino government of resurrecting a legislative measure that is “ contrary to the interest of human rights victims.” Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares criticized Akbayan lawmaker Walden Bello for allegedly undermining the House 

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Justices cite loopholes in Cybercrime law

The battle against the Cybercrime law before the Supreme Court began with the petitioners citing the unconstitutionality and dangers of the law. By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Five lawyers representing 15 groups of petitioners presented their basis for petitioning the Supreme Court to strike down Republic Act 10175 or Cybercrime Law as unconstitutional 

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‘Lawyer or liar?’

By Marites Dañguilan Vitug If the 3,000 lawyers or so gathered in Davao City for the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) national convention were seriously listening to the speakers, they would not run out of New Year’s resolutions. Every two years, members of the bar from various parts of the country meet in a 

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