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Japanese foreign minister meets govt, MILF officials in Tokyo

DAVAO City––Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida reaffirmed Japan’s commitment to peace and development in Mindanao, particularly in the Bangsamoro, during his meeting Saturday with officials of the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). A report from the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo dated June 20 said Kishida met with ...

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Government remains open to talks with communists

THE government is still open to the possibility of the resumption of formal talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-National People’s Army-National Democratic Front- (CPP-NPA-NDF), a Palace official said on Sunday. “We will continue to be open and interested for discussion and resumption of formal talks,” Presidential Communications Operations ...

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Koko seeks new courts to declog dockets

SEN. Aquilino Pimentel III said the proposed creation of additional courts would not serve as mere ornaments or political accommodations but as a sincere measure to strengthen the justice system. In sponsoring the passage of the consolidated bills, Pimentel, chairman of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, said ...

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POE NOW AHEAD IN PULSE ASIA SURVEY

EVEN without a declaration of her political plans in 2016, Sen. Grace Poe’s popularity ratings surged, leaving behind Vice President Jejomar Binay in the latest Pulse Asia survey on preferred presidential candidates. Survey results released yesterday showed Poe ahead with a 30 percent. Binay, who was on top of the ...

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Health dept steps up ‘high impact’ program

THE Department of Heath (DOH) has stepped up its “High Impact 5” program to strengthen maternal health care, infant care, child care, the campaign on HIV/Aids, and improve its service delivery network in the city. The DOH announced this during last week’s “High Impact 5 Summit” at Pearlmont Hotel. Gracing ...

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Mangrove projects in PH lack science

By H. MARCOS MORDENO of Mindanews WRONG practices have caused many mangrove rehabilitation projects in the country to fail. Dr. Jurgenne Honculada-Primavera, a scientist known for his contribution to mangrove conservation, said such projects were being implemented without the support of science-based guidelines. In a presentation to members of the ...

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Koko wants campaign staff included in law on absentee voting

SEN. Aquilino Pimentel III yesterday said the right of suffrage should be fully exercised by every citizen not disqualified by law to vote. He said Senate Bill 2763 seeks to provide a system of absentee voting for qualified members of the electoral staff of national candidates and accredited national political ...

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Delayed BBL passage affects MILF decommissioning process

By CAROLYN ARGUILLAS of Mindanews SIMUAY, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao – The continued delay in the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is affecting the timetable not only of the establishment of the new autonomous political entity that would replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) but also ...

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Threatened, drug cartel moves against Duterte bid

THREATENED by Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s likely presidential bid, the country’s big drug syndicates have reportedly formed an alliance to stop him from winning an election next year.A raw but reliable intelligence report said big drug lords based in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao have linked up to put up a ...

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