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[From the web] SONA 2012: Killings of environmental activists alarm rights groups – www.thepoc.net

SONA 2012: Killings of environmental activists alarm rights groups by Ronalyn Olea, www.thepoc.net July 23, 2012 As President Benigno Aquino III issued a new mining policy, environmental groups and human rights watchdogs urged his administration to address killings of environmental advocates. Aquino recently signed Executive Order no. 79, purportedly “aimed to strengthen the enforcement of environmental…

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[From the web] Contractual labor: A dead end? -RAPPLER.com

Contractual labor: A dead end?. By Amber Gonzales and Nathaniel Gatpandan July 30, 2012 MANILA, Philippines – Imagine a building standing strong for more than two decades suddenly collapsing. Surprising isn’t it? This is how Eli, 56, described what he felt when told he could not continue working anymore. A janitor at the Polytechnic University…

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[In the news] God loves me as a gay man -GMANews

God loves me as a gay man By Raymond Alikpala, GMANews July 30, 2012 Recently, I received a long text message that hijacked my whole day and left me shaken and unable to do anything. It was from an old college classmate, one of my best friends. He had just finished reading my book, “Of God…

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[In the news] IPs and the Sona: Benign neglect -INQUIRER.net

IPs and the Sona: Benign neglect By: Rina Jimenez-David, Philippine Daily Inquirer July 26, 2012 The President’s State of the Nation Address could have been three hours long (it lasted an hour-and-a-half, his longest Sona so far) and still there would have been disgruntled groups unhappy at their exclusion from this speech. This is because the…

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[People] Red is the Color of Remembrance by Edicio Dela Torre

Red is the Color of Remembrance by Edicio Dela Torre Ruby is the name given to a 40th anniversary. The color of ruby is red – appropriate for remembering the 40th anniversary of the 1972 declaration of martial law. Yesterday, at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Memorial Center, I facilitated a ritual of remembering. Families…

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[Isyung HR] State of the Mokong Address

State of the Mokong Address Babala: ang inyong mababasa ay pawang mga opinyon lamang, kathang isip at katuwaan. Ang mapikon… Mokong nga e. Maraming salamat po. Maupo ho tayong lahat. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile; Speaker Feliciano Belmonte; Bise Presidente Jejomar Binay; mga dating Pangulong Fidel Valdez Ramos at Joseph Ejercito Estrada; ang ating mga…