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Philippine President Encourages War Crimes

By Carlos H. Conde Human Rights Watch While attending a memorial service today for four policemen, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte urged the army to “Go ahead, flatten the hills.” In counterinsurgency operations, he said, “anything goes for now. If there’s collateral damage, pasensiya” – using a Tagalog word that can mean either “I’m sorry” or 

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Health groups call for justice for slain rural doctor

“May this turn our anguish and anger into a burning fervor to serve the people.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat MANILA — Progressive health groups are calling for justice for Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas, the municipal health officer of Sapad, Lanao del Norte who was killed on March 1. Perlas was riding his motorcycle on 

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Cavite Respresentative (3rd District) Alex Advincula shows his vote as members of the 17th congress vote on House Bill 4727 or the Death Penalty Bill during the third and final reading at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on March 7. Miguel De Guzman / PHILIPPINE STAR

House approves death penalty; Senate next arena

BUSINESS WORLD House Bill 4727, or an act imposing the death penalty on certain heinous crimes, was approved last night after securing 217 affirmative votes from the lawmakers, as against 54 negative votes and one abstention. Earlier in Tuesday’s session, Liberal Party (LP) Rep. Edcel C. Lagman of Albay (2nd district) tried to stop the 

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PRO-LIFE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, slams the House of Representatives for approving the death penalty bill on 3rd and final reading. File photo by Roy Lagarde

CBCP on death penalty vote: We shall not be silenced

RAPPLER ‘They may have won, but it does not mean that they are right,’ CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas says after the House of Representatives approved the death penalty bill MANILA, Philippines – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) slammed the House of Representatives on Tuesday evening, March 7, for approving the death 

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A woman listens as she attends a seminar for expectant mothers called Buntis Congress in this 2010 file photo taken in Mandaluyong. BW FILE PHOTO

Senate approves bill on expanded maternity leave

BUSINESS WORLD Senate Bill (SB) No. 1305 would double the length of maternity leave to women regardless of civil status or legitimacy of her child, to 120 from 60 days. Employers may also extend to another 30 days the leave granted, but with the additional month being without pay. Single parents will be granted a 

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Change? Not three decades after EDSA, not under PDP–IBON

IBON.org The Philippines remains backward and underdeveloped with severe inequality 31 years after the so-called EDSA revolution, research group IBON said. The Duterte administration’s new Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 will not change this, said the group, in continuing the failed neoliberal policies of the Marcos regime and all subsequent administrations. EDSA 1986 was a repudiation 

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President Rodrigo Duterte shares a light moment with Environment Secretary Gina Lopez during the 9th Cabinet Meeting in Malacañang on December 5, 2016. (King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo)

Duterte to Commission on Appointments: Listen to Gina

DavaoToday DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Digressing from his prepared speech on Tuesday while addressing the agriculture stakeholders in Malacañang, President Rodrigo Duterte said Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez had a good case in her hands, and should be given credit. “You just cannot ignore the cries of Gina Lopez. I know 

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Regions with biggest mining activities among the poorest–IBON

IBON.org Contrary to claims that closing down mining operations will worsen poverty, research group IBON said that large-scale mining activities impact heavily on marginalized sectors and intensify poverty. The group also said that the mining sector’s export-oriented character further deprives communities by taking away potential resources for local development. The Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines 

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De Lima arrest meant to silence criticism vs Duterte: Amnesty Int’l

ABS-CBN News MANILA- Human rights group Amnesty International has condemned the looming arrest of Senator Leila de Lima, saying the charges against her are “politically motivated.” In a statement Thursday, AI said the arrest of De Lima “is a blatant attempt by the Philippine government to silence criticism of President Duterte” and divert attention away 

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Gina Lopez to detractors: Fight clean

DAVAO TODAY DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Second update 9:51 pm February 22, 2o17)- Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez told her detractors to stop hurling her accusations for ordering the closure of 23 mines and cancelling 75 mining contracts in watershed areas early this month. “For my detractors, stop it already. If you’re going to 

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