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Boy ‘bandit’ bikes to new life

By Teng Luban Datu Cotabato City Bureau Chief . ISABELA CITY, Basilan — Tarik happily rode a bicycle during the launching of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s Program Against Violent Extremism (Pave) here recently. Tarik was given a bicycle after he and 138 other Abu Sayyaf members attended the ...

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Myles’ mother receives death threat

JOURNALIST Grace Albasin, a former National Union of Journalists of the Philippines director, has received death threats over social media stemming from the arrest of her daughter, youth activist Myles Albasin, and five companions who the military has accused of being communist rebels. Grace, now the Bukdinon correspondent of the ...

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Aid for Lanao Sur evacuees sufficient

The government assured there will be sufficient resources for internally displaced persons in Lanao del Sur despite failure of military to reach its target to liberate Marawi last Saturday. Task Force Bangon Marawi Spokesperson Kristoffer James Purisima said relief assistance to evacuees continues and it will not stop even if ...

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Parents of slain student want justice

The parents of the slain Lumad student Obello Bay-ao have traveled to the nation’s capital to demand justice for their son. Genia said she still could not accept that her son Obello is already gone. Obello, a Grade 7 student of Salugpungan Ta Tanu Igkanuon Community Learning Center (STTICLC, was ...

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Iligan pays tribute to its heroes

By Nora Soriño Iligan City Bureau Chief and Jun Enriquez Correspondent Iligan City — This city paid tribute to its heroes consisting of entertainment from the Buhanginan voices, selected government employees for the Iligan March, cultural dance of the Kalimulan Dance troupe of the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, ...

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Palace dubs Bistoyong DAR officer-in-charge

Malacañang has named Department of Agrarian Reform Undersecretary Rosalina L. Bistoyong as the Officer-in-Charge, following the rejection of former Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano by the Commission on Appointments last week. In a press briefing on Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the order to appoint Bistoyong as DAR OIC ...

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Minorities: Duterte absolving Marcos of crimes

More than a thousand Lumad and Moro delegates to this year’s Lakbayan of National Minorities stormed the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in Taguig City on Monday to protest and condemn what they perceive as deliberate moves of the Duterte administration in glorifying the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. Protesters ...

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US deploys drones in Mindanao vs Maute

THE United States deployed the Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to Mindanao for additional surveillance in support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) counterterrorism efforts. Compared to current surveillance platforms used in the region, the Gray Eagle has a longer flight duration which will enable a larger ...

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Moro-Lumad group hit Duterte for stoking Islamophobia

The alliance of national minorities in the Philippines, Sandugo, has expressed solidarity with the struggle of the Moro people against Islamophobia or fear of Muslims. They said like his predecessors, President Rodrigo Duterte has continued the more than a decade-long US global “war on terror” in dealing with the Moro ...

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Palace supports probe on slain teens

PALACE spokesman Ernesto Abella said the government is keen on working with lawmakers in its investigation on the death of Carl Angelo Arnaiz and Reynaldo de Guzman. “We are one with the public in condemning the suspicious deaths of Carl Angelo Arnaiz and [Reynaldo] de Guzman. The Executive, through the ...

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