Bohol court scraps proposed Panglao reclamation project

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In this file photo, the sun rises over boats in Panglao island in Bohol on October 18, 2013. Jay Directo/AFP

The case stemmed from a 2009 plan which would involve a massive reclamation of seashores off Panglao Bay for a supposed leisure and resort park

BOHOL, Philippines (Sept. 25, 2017) — A regional trial court here has shelved a plan to reclaim 450 hectares of seashores off Panglao Island after it junked a case earlier filed against Bohol officials that would have compelled them to enforce a joint-venture agreement forged by the previous local administration and a private entity. Continue reading

Discrimination a hurdle for job-seeking Mindanao youth

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MARAWI CRISIS. Internally displaced lined up for the distribution of food packs at the Saguiran Municipal hall, Lanao del Sur. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

A conflict monitoring group launches a set of guidelines that seeks to end discrimination on the basis of ethnic and religious belief

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 30, 2017) — Usman Mohammad, 23, just graduated from Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City this year. His aim of starting his professional life was interrupted by war as the government neutralizes terrorist groups linked to the extremist Islamic State. Continue reading

Duterte warns he’ll order shooting of human rights advocates

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DRUG WAR. President Rodrigo Duterte, in his speech during the 19th founding anniversary of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption on August 16, 2017, reiterates that his war on drugs will remain unrelenting despite the criticism. Malacañang photo

‘Para makita talaga kung anong klaseng human right,’ says President Rodrigo Duterte about his latest threat

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 17, 22017) — Amid criticism of his drug war from human rights groups, President Rodrigo Duterte said he might just order police to shoot them so they would know what real human rights violations are like. Continue reading

HRW to Duterte: Retract threat vs human rights advocates

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TARGETS. Human rights advocates have been on the receiving end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s tirades and threats over their criticism of his war on drugs.

The New York-based organization says President Rodrigo Duterte has placed ‘targets’ on the backs of human rights advocates

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 17, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte should retract his threat against human rights advocates “before there is more blood on his hands,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday, August 17. Continue reading

‘Maintain independence,’ Nene Pimentel tells senators

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‘SUGGESTION.’ Former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr tells senators to maintain their independence and decide based on what they think is best for the people. Senate file photo

‘I would suggest to the Senate – there are 24 sovereignties in the Senate, you cannot dictate to the senators, that’s my experience – to act in accordance with their perception of what is best for the people’

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 26, 2017) — Former Senate president Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr has asked present senators to maintain their independence under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. Continue reading