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Who will be the next PH president? Tight race begins

MANILA, Philippines – A cliffhanger race to lead the Philippines began Tuesday, February 9, with emotion-charged rallies by a dead movie star’s adopted daughter, a politician who brags about killing criminals, and other top contenders. The 3-month election campaign got under way with 5 aspirants standing a genuine chance of succeeding popular President Benigno Aquino 

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‘Aquino allies in Congress panicked over possible veto override’

“This means the Majority did not have the votes to quell the override and decided to even sacrifice the passage of their priority bills like the PPP bill, just to avoid losing the vote on override.” By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – Senior citizens who joined the picket protest by workers and women’s groups at 

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PH longest-running alternative news website turns 15

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com Sometime in 1999, a group of journalists and rights advocates gathered to discuss what they observed as “shallow” reporting when it comes to people’s issues and their interests. These discussions boiled down to the need to set up a media outlet – an alternative to the dominant – that 

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Green activist killings worry Philippine church leaders

Bishops urge govt action after spate of killings in January By Mark Saludes and Jefry Tupas ucanews.com Catholic Church leaders in the Philippines have condemned a spate of killings targeting environmental activists in recent weeks, saying the government is not doing anything to prevent them or bring the killers to justice. “We must stop this 

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Seniors speak out on veto of P2,000 pension hike

By MARYA SALAMAT MANILA — Magdalena Barroga, a community leader and SSS pensioner, was one of the senior citizens who protested morning of January 28, in-front of the SSS Branch along Shaw Boulevard in Pasig City. She wanted to add her voice to the nationwide call for Congress to override President Aquino’s January 12 veto 

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Philippines: Aquino’s Doubtful Legacy on Rights


No Real Progress on Justice for Serious Abuses (New York, January 27, 2016) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino III’s six-year term in office will end in mid-2016 without achieving his promised goal to significantly improve human rights in the country, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016. There has been little accountability 

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Miriam Santiago, groups bewail SC decision upholding basing agreement

By DEE AYROSO MANILA – Anti-US bases activists have found a feisty ally in their battle against the return of US military bases in the country, as Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago disagreed with the Supreme Court ruling on the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca), and reiterated her call on fellow senators to abrogate the Visiting 

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After SC nod to Edca, youth group asks Senate: Junk VFA, MDT

By DEE AYROSO MANILA – After the Supreme Court upheld the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca) as constitutional, a youth group now hopes to find another way to keep US troops out. The Kabataan party-list called on the Senate to abrogate Edca’s supposed mother treaties: the 1999 Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and the 1947 Mutual 

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Lawmaker not giving up on SSS pension hike push

DAVAO CITY – The proponent of the house bill, which seeks to increase the pension received by members of the Social Security System (SSS) by P2,000, will push for the override of the veto of President Benigno Aquino III. On Thursday, Pres. Aquino vetoed the bill saying the increase would shorten the life of the 

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Top 15 Celebrities Who Supported People’s Issues

By Romina Astudillo n a crisis-stricken country, joining the arena of political and social issues has become inevitable for the celebrities—famous people in showbiz, sports, politics and other arenas where one could become famous. Despite being engaged in trades that are sometimes diversions from the calamitous social system, some personalities have helped bring the limelight 

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