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Duterte seen to sign BBL on Sona day, says solon

PRESIDENT Duterte is expected to sign the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on July 23 in time for his third State of the Nation Address (Sona), the House Majority Leader said. “The bicam (bicameral) conference committee report shall be submitted for ratification by the HOR (House of Representatives) and the ...

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Firms of clans among winners of Marawi road, housing deals

By Karol Ilagan and Malou Mangahas Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism . CONTRACTORS tied to political clans have been awarded a combined total of P306 million in contracts to build transitional shelter units and roads for residents of Marawi City and nearby villages of Lanao del Sur, where homes and ...

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‘We lost our identity in a year’s time’

By Carolyn O. Arguillas MindaNews . TODAY, May 23, will be the first anniversary of  the Marawi Siege and the declaration of martial law, and while the physical destruction of Marawi has been repeatedly captured in dramatic photographs and video clips, a retired Literature professor at the Mindanao State University ...

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Creating ‘sinag’ instead of dole-outs

By Maya Flaminda J. Vandenbroeck For MindaNews . Lanao del Sur. Three months after the siege, there’s an overpowering sense of gloom and frustration as paper and plastic cover the windows inside the teacher’s lounge of a small elementary school. Its occupants are Marawi siege survivors who want to keep ...

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Military clears Marawi’s two iconic Christian structures

By FROILAN GALLARDO Special Correspondent . MARAWI City–The military has declared two of the iconic Christian structures in Marawi City free of explosives but the Christians are hesitant to return. Task Force Bangon Marawi field manager Felix Castro said the military declared Dansalan College and St. Mary’s Cathedral free of ...

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China-PH consortium to build new Marawi

A CONSORTIUM of Chinese and Filipino firms would build the “new Marawi” within the 250-hectare “Ground Zero,” the former main battle area in the five-month siege last year. The proposal of Bagong Marawi Consortium, composed of five Chinese and four local firms and led by China State Construction Engineering Corp. ...

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Marawi folk assert right to rebuild their city

DISPLACED residents of Marawi City are appealing to President Duterte to grant Meranaws their right to rebuild Marawi City as they rejected the proposed rehabilitation plans “being imposed upon us” –including an ecozone and a military camp — by “those who live far from us.” In a letter to the ...

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