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PH, US humanitarian relief mission begins

The Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States forces will work together to conduct humanitarian assistance engagements from June 23-July 3 as part of Pacific Angel 2017 (Pacangel 17). During this exchange, US and Filipino service members will partner with local non-governmental organizations and other multilateral international participants to ...

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Government troops also clearing Marawi of bombs

Aside from clearing the remaining Maute Group remnants in Marawi City, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that part of the ongoing operations is involved at clearing and removing improvised explosive devices, landmines, and unexploded ordnance in the locality. This is to ensure that no civilians will be ...

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Bullying subverts right to education

Students across the Philippines experience bullying and discrimination in school because of their sexual orientation and gender identity, Human Rights Watch said in a report released yesterday. While Philippine law provides protections against discrimination and exclusion in schools, lawmakers and school administrators need to take steps to ensure they are ...

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Cimatu bares DENR’s investor-friendly initiatives

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has assured foreign investors that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will continue to push for clean and green energy, promote proper management of water resources and solid waste, and ensure responsible mining. Speaking at the gathering of the European Chamber of Commerce of ...

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De Lima urges gov’t to address unemployment

SENATOR Leila de Lima has urged the government to arrest the rising unemployment and underemployment rates in the country, especially among the youth and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) displaced in conflict-stricken areas. In filing Senate Resolution No. 402, de Lima wanted the Senate labor committee to look into the rising ...

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Comelec to issue certification to Marawi registered voters

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is ready to issue voter certifications to registered voters in Marawi City. But, Comelec Spokesperson Jame Jimenez noted that they do not know the number of people who have requested for the issuance of such document. “As of today (Monday), our field offices are ready ...

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Karapatan calls Marawi freedom day celeb ‘fake’

By LITO RULONA Correspondent HUMAN rights group Karapatan-northern Mindanao called the commemoration of Independence Day in Marawi on Monday initiated by the Armed Forces a “fake celebration.” In an emailed statement, Fr. Christopher Ablon, Karapatan-NMR secretary general, said the celebrations broadcasted on various TV networks was “nothing but a show ...

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‘Law-abiding citizens need not fear martial law in Mindanao’

By Nitz Arancon Correspondent “Only the criminals, bandits, drug syndicates, and those who make opportune out of the sufferings of our people should worry. Pero yung mga peace-loving, freedom- loving, law-abiding citizen, wala kayong dapat ikabahala.” Thus said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III during his keynote address for the 119th ...

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City building exec cracks down on illegal billboards

By LITO RULONA Correspondent The Office of the Building Official (OBO) revealed that at least 150 billboards installed around CM Recto Avenue and other barangays in the city have no permits from City Hall and violated some provisions of the National Building Code. Acting-OBO in-charged Arch. Maria Concepcion Alcantara during ...

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Solons question education voucher program

By MART D. SAMBALUD Davao Today DAVAO City — Lawmakers scored the implementation of the government’s voucher and cash transfer program as 4.8 million Filipino children were out of school. In a statement, ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio and Rep. France Castro said the government failed “to curb the worsening ...

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