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Corruption, politics, slippage mar many projects

By Malou Mangahas and Karol Ilagan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism . (Fourth of five parts) This figure apparently had to go down during the term of President Benigno S. Aquino III, when then DPWH Secretary Singson initiated across-the-board cuts on project costs to minimize public funds being pocketed by ...

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89% of Filipinos demand a way out of coal energy, environmental groups says

Members of coal-affected communities, electric consumers, climate justice and environmental groups stormed the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) yesterday, conducted simultaneous actions in different areas in the country, to press Secretary Roy Cimatu and other local officials to put a halt on the country’s ‘coal obsession’ and listen ...

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Dureza: Support of the people is biggest gain

By Teng Lauban Datu Cotabato City Bureau Chief . Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza on Wednesday showcased the gains of the peace process since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016, saying the biggest gain of peace work is that “we have arisen the attention and support of the ordinary ...

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Duterte’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ hits chokepoint

By Malou Mangahas and Karol Ilagan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (Second of five parts) Apparently, the bigness of the projected bill of Build, Build, Build — about 5.4 percent in 2017 to 7.4 percent in 2022 of gross domestic product, or P8.4 trillion in all in five years (compared ...

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Samal reacts to mountain quarry operation

DAVAO City — The quarry operations in Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos), Davao del Norte might turn the island into another Boracay if not given an immediate attention by the concerned agencies, an official said. Igacos Vice Mayor Orly Amit mentioned some four big-time quarry operators extracting in the ...

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Corruption, politics, slippage mar DPWH projects

By Malou Mangahas and Karol Ilagan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism . (First of five parts) IN THE TWO years since he assumed office and promised to usher in a “golden age of infrastructure,” President Rodrigo Duterte has put money where his mouth is. Boasting that, by his term’s end ...

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Philippine Transgender Writings and Art

Payag Habagatan: New Writings from the South, a countercanonical literary journal of contemporary literatures from the southern Philippines, is now open for contributions to its Special Issue on Transgender Writings and Art. The issue editor, award-winning transwoman poet and photographer Arian Tejano of Surigao del Sur and Dumaguete City, is ...

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Oro Young Writers’ Studio

The Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (Nagmac), a young artists collective of poets, essayists, fictionists, playwrights, screenwriters, editors, and translators from Northern Mindanao, in partnership with writers network Libulan Queer Collective and the Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts, is now accepting applications to the 2018 Cagayan de ...

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Tawi-Tawi exhibit highlights peace, simplicity

By Teng L. Datu Cotabato City Bureau Chief . Cotabato City — To bring Tawi-Tawi closer to people from other places, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) opened the island province’s mock cultural village at the Office of the Regional Governor-Armm compound here. The mock village representing the culture ...

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