Philippines

From left: Dr. Anie Bautista Eufemia Campos Cullamat, Nenita Andrea Condez and Bishop Antonio Ablon

Lumad women, advocates for peace invigorate Toronto!

On the Toronto leg of their speaking tour, the Philippine delegation for mining justice, the human rights situation and the welfare of lumads (indigenous peoples of Mindanao) and leadership in the peace process faced the Filipino community, including its many leaders, some solidarity groups, and church leaders, last April 1, and delivered much needed information 

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Holy Week traditions in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – The Holy Week (or Mahal na Araw) features the story of Jesus Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection. The different levels of devotion of the Catholic faithful are visible this week, as they reflect on the agony and sacrifice of the Son of God to deliver the world from sin. Here’s a quick 

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Talks conclude with more agreements on free land distribution

After four days of intense formal negotiations and an extra day of back-channel talks, the parties firmed up their agreement on free land distribution “as a basic principle of genuine agrarian reform.” By RAYMUND VILLANUEVA Kodao Productions NOORDWIJK, The Netherlands—The “difficult and exacting” fourth round of formal talks between the Government of the Republic of 

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A step closer to peace

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The negotiating panels of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) have achieved a major breakthrough in forging an agreement for an interim joint ceasefire. While the agreement on the ceasefire does not represent the meat of the talks, 

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NDFP, GRP sign interim joint ceasefire agreement

In a formal ceremony presided by the Royal Norwegian Government facilitator Elisabeth Slattum, the parties signed the document entitled Agreement on an Interim Joint Ceasefire they said was a product of three “very difficult” days of negotiations. By RAYMUND VILLANUEVA Kodao Productions NOORDWIJK, The Netherlands—The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government 

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Amid upped military operations, educators reiterate call to save IP schools

In the aftermath of the Fourth Mindanao-Wide Conference of the Save our Schools (SOS) Network, transformative education group Educators Forum for Development (EfD) said that the Duterte administration should stop continuing attacks against indigenous people (IP)’s alternative schools. The EfD echoed calls by the SOS Network for military troops to halt operations in and pull 

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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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