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Bishop appeals to abolish contractualization of workers

Bishop Broderick Pabillo. Photo from his Facebook Page   Manila Auxillary Bishop Broderick Pabillo has one wish on “Labor Day.” Abolish contractualization of workers. In an interview with the Manila Bulletin, Pabillo, who is the executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace said, “Since …

Philippine military says fierce clash with Muslim militants leave 14 militants, 1 marine dead

  MANILA, Philippines—A battle between Philippine marines and Muslim militants, who launched a surprise attack to regain control of a captured jungle training encampment, has left 14 Abu Sayyaf fighters and one marine dead, officials said Wednesday. The heavy exchanges of rifle grenade and mortar fire erupted late Tuesday in a mountain area off southern …

Bar exams still in UST

Photo: Facebook Page of UST   MANILA, Philippines — On Tuesday, April 29, the Supreme Court announced that this year’s Bar exams,  scheduled on the four Sundays of October, will still be at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST). It added that it had approved negotiations between the Office of the Bar Confidant and UST …

Gov’t released P1.05 billion to DA for Yolanda’s relief

Photo: Facebook Page of Department of Agriculture   MANILA, Philippines – When super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the country last year, one of the most affected sectors was the agriculture, with total damages reaching P31.1 billion, as of March 2014. The amount includes production losses of P27.07 billion in crops, fisheries, and livestock, along with …

Aquino scores 2 of 11 in Pulse Asia survey

Photo: Facebook Page of Pres. Benigno Aquino III   Manila, Philippines — In a recent Pulse Asia survey, Pres. Benigno Aquino’s administration got the approval of more than 50% of Filipinos on the issues of fighting criminality and increasing peace in the country, gaining a Net Approval Rating (NAR) of +46 (59% approve, 28% undecided, …

During Obama visit to Manila, Philippine president defends record on journalist deaths

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Benigno Aquino III is pushing back against criticism that his government has done too little to address extrajudicial killings of journalists and others. Aquino was asked about human rights during a news conference with visiting U.S. President Barack Obama. Aquino says his government’s track record speaks for itself. He’s citing …

4 dead in crash of small plane on cloud seeding flight in northern Philippines

    SANTIAGO, Philippines – A light plane crashed Sunday while on a cloud-seeding flight over farmlands that have been scorched by the intense summer heat in the northern Philippines, killing all four people on board, officials said. The plane crashed at a cornfield in a remote mountain village in Bagabag town in Nueva Vizcaya …

US, Philippines reach 10 year deal on larger US military presence

Wikipedia photo   MANILA, Philippines— The United States and the Philippines have reached a 10-year pact that would allow a larger U.S. military presence in this Southeast Asian nation as it grapples with increasingly tense territorial disputes with China, according to two Philippine officials and a confidential government primer seen by The Associated Press on …

Duterte warns drug peddlers in Davao: ‘my order is shoot to kill’

  DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is adamant at protecting his city and keeping it drug-free. On Tuesday, with his shoot-to-kill order still being implemented in his territory, Duterte warned whoever is responsible for the disappearance of two bricks of cocaine from city authorities. “Do not wait that this will be …

Court orders 8 Philippine coast guard personnel arrested in killing of Taiwanese fisherman

MANILA, Philippines – A court has ordered eight Philippine coast guard personnel to be arrested on a homicide charge in the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman last year. The order by the Regional Trial Court in northernmost Batanes province was dated April 7, and it was made public Tuesday by the Department of Justice …

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