The cast of “Burgos.”
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‘Burgos’: A film about the painful search and inspiring transformation of a mother

How many more mothers would have to shed tears before justice prevails? By RONALYN V. OLEA “Burgos” is probably the most courageous Filipino film in recent years. Based on the true story of a closely-knit family, beautifully written by Ricardo Lee, “Burgos” takes the audience to the most important scenes of almost six years 

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Casts of Temptation of Wife

Kapuso Stars Grace Independence Day Events in US and Canada

In celebration of the country’s 115th Independence Day, GMA Network – through its international channels GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International – partners up with different Filipino-American and Filipino-Canadian groups and communities in commemorating this memorable occasion. Touted to be the biggest Filipino event outside the Philippines, gathering an average 

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Congen Jose Ampeso

Complaints mount against PH envoy in Vancouver

Complaints of sexual harassment, abuse of authority, working under the influence of liquor, and abusive behavior have been lodged against this consul assigned in Canada, and yet, he is still in service and flaunts his connections? By JHONG DELA CRUZ and AUBREY MAKILAN RED DEER, Alberta — More and more Canada-based Filipinos are coming 

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SWS SURVEY: More Filipinos go hungry in 2013

MANILA–Hunger among Filipino families is on the rise, with an estimated 3.9 million families experiencing hunger in the first quarter of 2013, a new Social Weather Stations survey revealed Wednesday (May 22). The March 19-22 survey, which was first published by BusinessWorld, showed 19.2% of Filipinos experiencing hunger in the last 3 months. This is 

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CMFR Database on Attacks and Threats Against Press Freedom and Journalists/Media Workers (as of May 2013)

12 work-related killings under the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III • Miguel Belen (dwEB, Camarines Sur, July 31, 2010) • Gerardo Ortega (dwAR, Palawan, Jan. 24, 2011) • Marlina Flores Sumera (dzME, Malabon, Mar. 24, 2011) • Romeo Olea (dwEB, Camarines Sur, June 13, 2011) • Niel Jimena (dyRI, Negros Occidental, August 22, 

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No reason to doubt poverty stats – NSCB

MANILA, Philippines – The National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) on Thursday, April 25, assured Philippine President Benigno Aquino II that there is no reason to doubt the 1st semester poverty statistics. In an interview with Rappler CEO Maria Ressa on #Talkthursday, NSCB Secretary General Jose Ramon Albert said the numbers merely pointed to the percentage 

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Poverty level in Phl unchanged since ’06

MANILA, Philippines – The percentage of Filipinos living below the poverty line has remained almost unchanged in the past six years, according to the latest poverty data released by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) yesterday. The recorded poverty incidence for the first half of 2012 was 27.9 percent, slightly less than the 28.8 percent 

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Honasan named in Olalia-Alay-ay case

A state witness said then colonel Gringo Honasan headed the Special Operations Group, under the Defense department, that abducted and killed labor leaders Rolando Olalia and Leonor Alay-ay in 1986. By MARYA SALAMAT MANILA – Along with former Air Force Col. Eduardo “Red” Kapunan, former colonel Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, now a senatorial candidate, was 

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Senate OKs bill compensating Martial Law victims

MANILA – The Senate has ratified a bill granting compensation to victims of human rights abuses during Martial Law. The chamber approved the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2012 almost a week after the bicameral conference committee reconciled the respective versions of the House and the Senate. The measure declares it a 

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Groups thumb down exceptions in Freedom of Information bill

By RONALYN V. OLEA MANILA – Advocates of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill have called for transparency in governance but what if the version that awaits approval by the Congress would institutionalize secrecy? The consolidated bill House Bill 6766 or the FOI bill lists ten points of exceptions, all of which are present 

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