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‘Duterte should disavow threat to rights lawyers’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte should disavow his threat to target the lawyers of alleged drug dealers and reaffirm the right of criminal suspects to legal counsel and due process of law, Human Rights Watch said yesterday. At a public event in Manila on Dec. 7, Duterte said that drug suspects ...

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Bomb scare in Iligan hours after grenade blast incident

By Nora Soriño, Iligan City Bureau Chief, Nene Lachica, and Sita Asequia, Correspondents Iligan City — With the grenade blast from the previous night at the city’s Freedom Park still fresh, residents here scampered in panic with another bomb scare early morning yesterday. Chief Insp. Jasper Ian E. Pasco, of ...

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Finance body defers budget on office yet to be created

By LITO RULONA, Correspondent The Local Finance Committee has set aside the proposal to finance and approved the financial support of the Cagayan de Oro’s City Health Insurance after the committee found out the program failed to pass an ordinance supporting its creation. The committee chairman and city councilor Edna ...

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City hall allocates P183m to upgrade barangay health centers

By LITO RULONA, Correspondent The city government will allocate P183 million to upgrade the Barangay Health Centers (BHC) in city’s 80 barangay as part of the accreditation purposes for the Philippine Health Insurance (Phil health) and the Department of Health (DOH). City councilor Malou Gaane, chair of the committee on ...

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Relief ops for families affected by Maute attack still on going

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Field Office XII continues to assist families affected by military operations against the Maute group in  Butig , Lanao del Sur. Social workers from the Field Office are still detailed in the area for relief distribution. As of today, some ...

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De Lima files bill to fortify CHR charter

SENATOR Leila de Lima has pushed for the passage of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Charter that would grant it its status as the country’s premier human rights body vested with powers to respond in real-time to human rights violations against Filipinos here and abroad. De Lima has filed ...

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Policy failures fuel Aids epidemic

The Philippine government is fueling a rising human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic among men who have sex with men through policies that restrict interventions proven to prevent transmission of the virus, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 46-page report, “Fueling the Philippines’ HIV Epidemic: Government Barriers ...

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