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Mass arrests at Malaysia anti-discrimination rally
Posted By Agence France-Presse | Sunday, February 27, 2011 05:14:17 PM

 

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian police on Sunday arrested more than 100 Indian activists as they tried to hold an anti-government rally over alleged discrimination against their ethnic minority.

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NPA rebels own up attack on Mindanao mining firm
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, February 27, 2011 03:03:22 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 27, 2011) – Communist rebels have owned up Sunday to the raid on a mining firm they accused of destroying forests in the southern Philippines and warned of more attacks in the restive, but mineral-rich region of Mindanao.

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NPA tumira ng minahan sa Mindanao
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, February 27, 2011 12:33:28 PM

 

ILIGAN CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 27, 2011) – Inako ng New People’s Army ang pananalakay sa isang malaking mining firm sa lalawigan ng Bukidnon.

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'Akbayan says yes to classrooms, no to ZAMCELCO corruption' (Media Statement)
Posted By Press Release | Sunday, February 27, 2011 07:53:24 AM

 

AKBAYAN DE ZAMBOANGA supports the nationwide EDSA run February 27 to build classrooms yet conscious too to run against corruption and bold enough to put to task cheats and thieves of people’s hard earned money.

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'The Cynical Danse Macabre' By Fidel Castro Ruzn (Cuba)
Posted By Fidel Castro Ruz | Saturday, February 26, 2011 08:03:20 PM

 

THE POLICY OF plundering imposed by the United States and their NATO allies in the Middle East has gone into a crisis. It has inevitably unravelled with the high cost of grains, the effects of which can be felt more forcefully in the Arab countries where, in spite of their huge resources of oil, the shortage of water, areas covered by desert and the generalized poverty of the people contrast with the enormous resources coming from the oil possessed by the privileged sectors.

While food prices triple, real estate fortunes and the treasures of the aristocratic minority reach millions of millions of dollars.

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Defend gay rights in UN statement, PROGAY tells Manila
Posted By Press Release | Saturday, February 26, 2011 07:54:38 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines - Besides rescuing thousands of Filipino guest workers trapped in turbulent Arab countries, the newly appointed secretary of foreign affairs faces demands from gays agitating for human rights protection in the United Nations.

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Dior suspends top designer Galliano after alleged assault: AFP
Posted By Charles Onians, Agence France-Presse | Saturday, February 26, 2011 07:26:05 PM

 

PARIS - Fashion house Dior has suspended John Galliano after police questioned its flamboyant British star designer for allegedly assaulting a couple and using anti-Semitic insults in a Paris bar.

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Kidapawan's bare-foot athlete
Posted By Geo Solmerano | Friday, February 25, 2011 09:40:48 PM

 


Sulu gets modern fish port, cold storage
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, February 25, 2011 02:29:57 PM

 

Filipino Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala leads Sulu provincial officials headed by Governor Sakur Tan to the groundbreaking ceremony of a huge fishing port complex and cold storage facility worth over P32 million in the town of Maimbung. Once completed this year, the complex is expected to hasten trade and commerce in the provinces of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi in the Sulu archipelago, a favorite fishing ground in the southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner Photo).

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US pledges more peace, development projects for Sulu province
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, February 25, 2011 12:26:36 PM

 

SULU, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 25, 2011) – The United States pledged more development projects for the southern Filipino province of Sulu where hundreds of US troops are deployed and training local soldiers.

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'When public accountability matters' By Erick San Juan (Makati City)
Posted By Erick San Juan | Friday, February 25, 2011 07:55:55 AM

 

When there’s smoke, there’s fire, so goes the saying. I am referring here of the issue raised by Senator Miriam Santiago that “China may ask a number of things, which include an agreement on their stand on the Spratly Islands, the termination of the US-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement, or a joint program between the Chinese and the Philippine armed forces.” She added that international relations do not just involve wooing another country.

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'The NATO plan is to occupy Libya' By Fidel Castro Ruz (Cuba)
Posted By Fidel Castro | Friday, February 25, 2011 07:42:38 AM

 

OIL HAS BECOME the principal wealth in the hands of the great Yankee transnationals; through this energy source they had an instrument that considerably expanded their political power in the world. It was their main weapon when they decided to easily liquidate the Cuban Revolution as soon as the first just and sovereign laws were passed in our Homeland: depriving it of oil.

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KMT legislators call for freeze on Philippine labor imports: CNA
Posted By Focus Taiwan | Friday, February 25, 2011 06:20:32 AM

 

Taipei, (Feb. 24, 2011) - The legislative caucus of the ruling Kuomintang urged the government Thursday to freeze imports of Philippine workers indefinitely to show its dissatisfaction over Manila's "unfriendly" attitude toward Taiwan.

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Kidnappers free 2 hostages in Mindanao
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, February 24, 2011 08:02:12 PM

 

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 24, 2011) – Kidnappers have freed Thursday a faculty member and a student they seized inside the Mindanao State University in the southern Philippines, officials said.

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ICRC ready to assist the injured in Libya
Posted By ICRC | Wednesday, February 23, 2011 05:03:06 PM

 


Sulu convenes coordinating council, tackles disaster management
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Wednesday, February 23, 2011 03:36:25 PM

 

SULU, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 23, 2011) – Sulu province in the southern Philippines convened Wednesday a meeting of various government agencies and stakeholders to draw plans that would effectively address natural calamities and other emergencies.

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Flash flood hits Dipolog City
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Wednesday, February 23, 2011 12:39:19 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 23, 2011) – More than 160 people were evacuated to safer areas after flash floods hit the southern Filipino city of Dipolog, but there had been no reports of casualties.

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Justice For Maguindanao Massacre Victims; 15 Months Had Passed!
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Wednesday, February 23, 2011 08:25:38 AM

 

It is 15 months now since the Maguindanao massacre where at least 32 journalists were among 57 people brutally murdered.

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'Corruption Galore!' By Perry Diaz (California)
Posted By Perry Diaz | Tuesday, February 22, 2011 07:58:03 PM

 

EVER SINCE two brave military officers and a courageous government auditor came out to expose corruption in the military and the Commission on Audit (COA), two earth-shaking events occurred that could break through the massive “walls” that were built to protect corrupt officials during the nine-year presidency of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

On February 14, 2011, Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares revealed that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) might have “converted” P179.4 billion into “slush funds” during the Arroyo administration, from 2002 to 2010. He said that Congress appropriated a total of P343.4 billion for “personal services” (PS) -- the budget term for salaries – while the total compensation requested by the Department of National Defense (DND) and the AFP only amounted to P164 billion.

Hocus-pocus?

During the testimony of former AFP budget officer Lt. Col. George Rabusa (ret.), it was revealed that PS appropriations were “the favorite allocations converted into slush funds” shared by senior officers including the Chief of Staff. The “slush funds” were known officially as Provision for Command-Directed Activities (PCDA). By the way it sounds, it would be like a contingency fund that is used at the discretion of the AFP Chief of Staff.

In his exposé, Rabusa accused the late Gen. Angelito Reyes of receiving P150 million including a P50-million “pabaon” (send-off money) when he retired as AFP Chief of Staff in 2001. Rabusa said that he and his boss, then AFP Comptroller Lt. Gen. Jacinto Ligot, personally delivered the money to Reyes. Rabusa acted as the “bagman” for Ligot and his successor Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia. They were known as the “Comptroller Mafia.” Rabusa said that Garcia and he “converted” almost P1 billion between 2000 and 2001. But compared to what Colmenares revealed, that was just a drop in the bucket.

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PROGAY begs Bahrain, free jailed gays, respect street protests
Posted By Press Release | Tuesday, February 22, 2011 10:31:05 AM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 22, 2011) – Gay activists in the Philippines have appealed Tuesday for the release of more than 120 Arab homosexuals arrested by police a week before massive protests swamped the oil-producing kingdom of Bahrain.

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'NUJP Statement: Attempt to use advertisers to whip media into line is deplorable' (NUJP Statement)
Posted By NUJP | Monday, February 21, 2011 09:54:58 PM

 

ONCE AGAIN, President Benigno Aquino III has shown a penchant he shares with a number of past leaders: shooting the messenger instead of looking at why the messages seem to be getting worse over time.

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Mindanao will experience power outages in March: PIA
Posted By PIA | Monday, February 21, 2011 08:09:58 PM

 

KORONADAL CITY, Philippines - Mindanao could experience power outages in March, Department of Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said.

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7 prisoners escape from Zambo jail
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Monday, February 21, 2011 06:00:53 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 21, 2011) – Seven prisoners escaped Monday from a jail facility in Pagadian City in the southern Filipino province of Zamboanga del Sur, officials said.

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Kidnappers tumirang muli sa loob ng Mindanao State University
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Monday, February 21, 2011 03:11:38 PM

 

ILIGAN CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 21, 2011) – Isang malawakang paghahanap ang isinasagawa ng militar at pulisya sa isang guro at estudyante na dinukot sa loob mismo ng Mindanao State University sa magulong lungsod ng Marawi.

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Maoist rebels free captured policeman, soldier in Mindanao
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Monday, February 21, 2011 02:47:51 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 21, 2011) – Communist rebels have released Monday a Filipino policeman and an army soldier they captured in Mindanao after more than two weeks in captivity, a spokesman for the New People’s Army said.

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Police search for killing fields in Maguindanao
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Monday, February 21, 2011 11:28:43 AM

 

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 21, 2011) – Philippine authorities continue to search for graves of civilians allegedly murdered in the province of Maguindanao allegedly on orders of influential politicians linked to the brutal slayings of dozens of people in 2009.

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Anti-Gaddafi protesters seize Libyan city: Press TV
Posted By Press TV | Sunday, February 20, 2011 10:12:44 PM

 

Pro-democracy protesters have reportedly taken control over the eastern Libyan city of al-Baida as anti-Gaddafi regime rallies escalate across the North African country.

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500 shelters up for grabs in Sulu Province
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, February 20, 2011 07:38:43 PM

 

SULU, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 20, 2011) – At least 500 shelters are set to be constructed for poor families as part of a massive housing program in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, officials said on Sunday.

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Cotabato, lubog sa krimen!
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, February 20, 2011 02:46:18 PM

 

COTABATO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 20, 2011) – Wala pa rin humpay ang patayan sa magulong lungsod ng Cotabato matapos na atakihin ng mga gun-for-hire ang isang negosyante sa loob mismo ng kanyang bahay doon.

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NPA rebels free another captured policeman in Mindanao
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Saturday, February 19, 2011 02:23:43 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 19, 2011) – New People’s Army rebels have freed Saturday a police officer they held in captivity for more than two weeks in the southern Philippines, the group’s spokesman said.

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Maoist rebels threaten logging, mining firms in the Philippines
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Saturday, February 19, 2011 12:18:10 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 19, 2011) – Philippine communist rebels have threatened to launch attacks on logging firms they accused of operating near protected watersheds and virgin forests in the mineral-rich region of Mindanao.

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'Wrong to postpone ARMM elections' Manila Times
Posted By Manila Times | Saturday, February 19, 2011 07:40:14 AM

 

THE APALACE is wrong to postpone the elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), because it has serious political and legal consequences. But we have said as much in this space before. So instead of listening to us, perhaps the President and others at the Palace would care to hear from others.

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Toyota Innova For Sale In Zamboanga
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, February 18, 2011 09:09:12 PM

 

Manual unleaded gas engine (less engine maintenance and lesser smoke than diesel and very economical in the long run, faster than diesel engine), roof rails, roof carrier, step boards, spoiler, low mileage, tint, German leather seat covers, carpet, double matting, all tires are new, reserved wheel is new, tools, key-less entry, central locking system, casa-maintained, under warranty. Sure buyer only. P690,000.

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Letter to the Editor: Ban large-scale, foreign mining, not just in Palawan, but nationwide (Davao City)
Posted By Panalipdan Davao | Friday, February 18, 2011 03:43:13 PM

 

Letter to the Editor
February 18, 2011

It took the life of a dignified man before President Noynoy Aquino declared that all mining applications in the province of Puerto Princesa will no longer be processed.

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Paseo del Mar in Zamboanga City
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, February 18, 2011 03:02:27 PM

 


NPA rebels free army prisoner in Mindanao
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, February 18, 2011 01:39:15 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 18, 2011) – Filipino communist rebels have freed on Friday a government soldier after more than a week in captivity in the southern Philippines.

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Come and Visit My Sulu
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, February 18, 2011 11:31:49 AM

 

"Wow Sulu" is a tourism slogan of Governor Dr Sakur Tan, of the province of Sulu, the 15th largest island of the Philippine Archipelago in terms of the area, spanning 1,600 square kilometers. Sulu is a part of the Sulu Archipelago, which stretches from the tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula to the island of Borneo. The main island and also its islets are located between the island-provinces of Basilan to the northeast, and Tawi-Tawi to the southwest.

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Philippine military launches probe into soldiers' brutal attacks on civilians
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, February 17, 2011 11:10:09 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 17, 2011) – The Philippine military launched an investigation Thursday into a video uploaded on the social networking site Facebook where it showed soldiers beating up four men whose faces were covered and hands tied behind their back.

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DND to look into retired Marine’s allegations against ex-President Arroyo: PDI
Posted By Katherine Evangelista - INQUIRER.net | Thursday, February 17, 2011 06:30:39 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of National Defense on Thursday said that they would look into the claims of retired Marine colonel Ariel Querubin that former president Gloria Arroyo had arbitrated in behalf of the Ampatuans when authorities seized a cache of high-powered firearms in 2006 that was meant for the powerful political clan’s private army.

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ICRC calls for stronger respect for civilians amid peace talks
Posted By ICRC | Thursday, February 17, 2011 03:22:30 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 17, 2011) - The humanitarian consequences of the conflict with the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines remain a serious concern for the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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Maoist rebels hold army soldier in Mindanao
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, February 17, 2011 02:49:50 PM

 

Communist New People's Army rebels have released Thursday, February 17, 2011 photos and audio clip of Army Private First Class El Bryan Cañedo who is being held as prisoner of war in Mindanao. (Text: Mindanao Examiner).

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Colin Powell demands answers over false Iraq intel: reports
Posted By Agence France-Presse | Thursday, February 17, 2011 11:23:36 AM

 

LONDON - Ex-secretary of state Colin Powell called on the CIA and Pentagon to explain how he was given unreliable information which proved key to the US case for invading Iraq, the Guardian reported Wednesday.

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'People Power in the Middle East – Déjà vu' By Perry Diaz (California)
Posted By Perry Diaz | Wednesday, February 16, 2011 08:06:21 PM

 

THE PEOPLE POWER revolution in Egypt that forced Hosni Mubarak to resign as president reminds me of the 1986 people power revolution – also known as EDSA, the acronym of Epifanio delos Santos Avenue where the people converged – that deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines. Indeed, the two authoritarian rulers had a lot in common: they plundered their country and caused extreme misery to the people.

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Kidapawan City honors Mindanao Examiner, Bureau Chief
Posted By Jane Magno | Wednesday, February 16, 2011 05:37:26 PM

 

KIDAPAWAN CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 16, 2011) – The regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner and its news bureau chief were recently honored by the City Government of Kidapawan for its contribution to the local tourism industry and its role in providing the public with factual news.

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Reporters roughed up near China activist's home: AFP
Posted By Agence France-Presse | Wednesday, February 16, 2011 02:46:39 PM

 

BEIJING - Foreign reporters were roughed up this week as they tried to reach human rights activist Chen Guangcheng, who is under house arrest in eastern China, journalists said Wednesday.

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US reporter was sexually assaulted in Egypt--CBS
Posted By Agence France-Presse | Wednesday, February 16, 2011 01:29:22 PM

 

NEW YORK, United States - Top CBS foreign correspondent Lara Logan suffered a "brutal" sexual assault at the hands of a mob in Egypt while covering the downfall of president Hosni Mubarak, the network said Tuesday.

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Basilan kidnappers free Muslim lawmaker's son
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Wednesday, February 16, 2011 01:08:42 PM

 

BASILN, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 16, 2011) – Kidnappers in the southern Filipino province of Basilan have freed a six-year old son of a Muslim politician after the boy’s family paid some P300,000 in exchange for his freedom, officials told the Mindanao Examiner on Thursday.

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Was Coke's secret recipe revealed by US radio show?: AFP
Posted By Agence France-Presse | Wednesday, February 16, 2011 09:37:42 AM

 

CHICAGO — An edgy public radio show has revealed what it purports to be the secret recipe for Coca Cola – a formula which has become the stuff of legend after decades of careful marketing by one of the world's most recognizable brands.

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Palace says ARMM a 'failed state': ABS-CBN
Posted By Willard Cheng - ABS-CBN News | Tuesday, February 15, 2011 07:09:00 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Tuesday reiterated the position of President Benigno Aquino III, calling for the postponement of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) polls and have it synchronized with the 2013 national elections.

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Son of ARMM lawmaker abducted in Basilan province
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Tuesday, February 15, 2011 07:02:03 PM

 

BASILAN, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 15, 2011) – Two men snatched a six-year old son of a Muslim legislator in the restive province of Basilan in the southern Philippines, officials told the Mindanao Examiner on Tuesday.

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NASA spacecraft speeds toward comet encounter: AFP
Posted By Agence France-Presse | Tuesday, February 15, 2011 10:09:48 AM

 


WASHINGTON—A NASA spacecraft is just hours from its long-anticipated encounter with a comet, and skywatchers hope the flyby will shed light on how the comet's surface has changed since it skimmed by the Sun in 2005.

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PMA Class of 1995 to punish Trillanes: Manila Times
Posted By Manila Times | Tuesday, February 15, 2011 08:24:04 AM

 

MANILA, Philippines - Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th, a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1995, faces punishment from his fellow PMA graduates for humiliating a senior officer—late former Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Angelo “Angie” Reyes—during a recent Senate inquiry.

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'Balitang Kutsero - Hello, Garcia' By Perry Diaz (California)
Posted By Perry Diaz | Tuesday, February 15, 2011 08:08:09 AM

 

MY INVESTIGATIVE reporter James Macaquecquec reported that a new wiretapped conversation -- similar to the “Hello, Garci” tapes a few years ago -- surfaced in Manila recently. James sent me a copy of the tape.

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'Blunder Strikes Again' By Erick San Juan (Makati City)
Posted By Erick San Juan | Monday, February 14, 2011 11:04:36 PM

 

THE ADMINISTRATION of President Benigno Aquino III is being put to test again when it comes to foreign policy and diplomacy, and so is the rest of the nation. The Filipino people are again divided on their views of the recent event, the deportation of the 14 Taiwanese nationals suspected of fraud to China for crimes against Chinese nationals.

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Clashes mark Bahrain 'Day of Rage': Al Jazeera
Posted By Al Jazeera | Monday, February 14, 2011 08:56:12 PM

 

Small-scale clashes have been reported from parts of Bahrain amid heightened security over planned protests by the kingdom's disgruntled Shia majority.

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Philippine communist rebels declare truce
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Monday, February 14, 2011 12:25:37 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 14, 2011) – Communist rebels have declared a weeklong truce to allow peace talks with Manila beginning on Tuesday in Norway.

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Hundreds of Pinay nurses needed in UAE
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Monday, February 14, 2011 10:38:53 AM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 13, 2011) – Good news for Filipino nurses – a company in the state of Dubai is now hiring at least 200 nurses to work in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates.

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Comelec says ready for ARMM polls: ABS-CBN
Posted By ABS-CBN | Sunday, February 13, 2011 11:25:33 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it is ready for the August 8 polls in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

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Philippine Maoist rebels release pictures, voice clip of captured policeman
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, February 13, 2011 08:30:23 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 13, 2011) – Communist rebels have released Sunday photographs and a voice clip of a policeman captured during a raid at a police post in the southern Philippines.

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200 Pinay Nurses, Kailangan sa Dubai!
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, February 13, 2011 03:57:06 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 13, 2011) – Good news sa mga Pinoy nurses dahil mahigit sa 200 ang kailangan ng Al Hilal Private Nursing and Medical Services sa Dubai sa United Arab Emirates.

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Come & Visit Beautiful Sulu!
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Saturday, February 12, 2011 09:05:45 PM

 

"Wow Sulu" is a tourism slogan of Governor Dr Sakur Tan, of the province of Sulu, the 15th largest island of the Philippine Archipelago in terms of the area, spanning 1,600 square kilometers. Sulu is a part of the Sulu Archipelago, which stretches from the tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula to the island of Borneo. The main island and also its islets are located between the island-provinces of Basilan to the northeast, and Tawi-Tawi to the southwest.

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7 killed, 5 wounded in fierce Basilan battle
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Saturday, February 12, 2011 07:53:31 PM

 

BASILAN, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 12, 2011) – At least seven soldiers and Abu Sayyaf militants were killed in fierce clashes Saturday in the restive province of Basilan, officials told the Mindanao Examiner.

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Troops, policemen clash in Mindanao
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Saturday, February 12, 2011 06:14:40 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 12, 2011) – Two government soldiers were killed and two others wounded after military and police forces sent to rescue a policeman held by communist rebels clashed in the southern Philippines.

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Pa kills family in Davao province
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Saturday, February 12, 2011 02:42:31 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 12, 2011) – Filipino policemen detained a man who killed his wife and their son and three other children in the southern province of Davao del Norte, reports said on Saturday.

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Lessons from the Failure of the MOA-AD: Bulatlat.com
Posted By Ronalyn Olea | Saturday, February 12, 2011 11:26:46 AM

 

MANILA – The chairman of the then Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) peace panel during the collapse of the talks with the failure to sign a Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) laid down lessons he deemed important in resolving the Mindanao conflict.

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Triumph as Mubarak quits: Al Jazeera
Posted By Al Jazeera | Saturday, February 12, 2011 09:36:38 AM

 

Millions celebrate as Egyptian president cedes power to the army, ushering in a new era of optimism in the Arab world.

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Illegal Gold Mining in Zamboanga del Sur
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, February 11, 2011 09:31:39 PM

 

A man sifts through earth dug out from a mountain tunnel and a makeshift mill in Zamboanga del Sur province in the southern Philippines where many small scale miners still use deadly chemicals to separate gold from dirt. (Mindanao Examiner Photo).

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Mutya ng Kidapawan City 2011
Posted By Geo Solmerano | Friday, February 11, 2011 08:44:34 PM

 


Where is ARMM's P12 B?: Manila Bulletin
Posted By Manila Bulletin | Friday, February 11, 2011 07:31:41 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno S. Aquino III Friday ordered a comprehensive audit of the P12-billion funds given to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) last year amid concerns of alleged irregularities in fund disbursements.

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Pakistan rejects US man's self-defence claim: AFP
Posted By Waqar Hussain - Agence France-Presse | Friday, February 11, 2011 06:51:16 PM

 

LAHORE, Pakistan - Pakistani police on Friday rejected the self-defence claim of a US official who shot two men in broad daylight as a court extended his remand, pending a legal battle over diplomatic immunity.

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President Aquino leads relief mission to Sulu
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, February 11, 2011 06:42:56 PM

 

SULU, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 11, 2011) – Filipino leader Benigno Aquino III flew Friday to flood-ravaged southern Philippine town of Jolo where he distributed relief goods to thousands of victims.

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Philippine rebels accuse military of exploiting pregnant girl
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, February 11, 2011 03:26:16 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 11, 2011) – Philippine communist rebels on Friday accused government troops of exploiting a pregnant minor and passed her off as a young fighter who supposedly surrendered to the military in Mindanao.

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Election Watchdog Against Postponing ARMM Polls: Bulatlat.com
Posted By Ina Alleco - Bulatat.com | Friday, February 11, 2011 02:53:19 PM

 

LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines - A Lanao del Sur-based electoral watchdog expressed strong opposition to proposals to postpone the August 8 2011 elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

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Philippines, MILF end peace talks; sign accords
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, February 11, 2011 02:32:34 PM

 

SULTAN KUDARAT, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 11, 2011) – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group negotiating peace with Manila, finished two days of negotiations in Kuala Lumpur and vowed to continue the talks aimed at ending decades of bloody fighting in the restive southern region of Mindanao.

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Shot US lawmaker starts speaking, 'asks for toast': AFP
Posted By Agence France-Presse | Thursday, February 10, 2011 11:08:38 PM

 

LOS ANGELES - US lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords has begun speaking as she continues her stunning recovery a month after being shot in the head -- and one of her first requests was for toast.

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'Paalam General Reyes Sir' Ni Al Jacinto (Zamboanga City)
Posted By Al Jacinto | Thursday, February 10, 2011 09:21:05 PM

 

TAMA SI GENERAL ANGELO REYES ng tanungin niya si George Rabusa “bakit nagsuwapang ba ako, nang ganid ba ako?” matapos siyang pagbintangan ng dating tauhan, kumpare at kaibigan na tumanggap ng P50 milyon “pabaon” ng ito’y magretiro bilang Chief-of-Staff ng Armed Forces of the Philippines.

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UNTV - Maguindanao Massacre - Justice
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, February 10, 2011 07:00:06 PM

 


PhilHealth celebrates 16th anniversary
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, February 10, 2011 05:49:27 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 10, 2011) – The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation in Western Mindanao said it will commemorate its 16th founding anniversary next week with humanitarian missions and blood drive in Zamboanga City.

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Rebels torch houses, school in Mindanao
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, February 10, 2011 03:27:03 PM

 

COTABATO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 10, 2011) – Muslim rebels fighting another faction clashed in the southern Philippines and left one guerilla dead as troops tried, but failed to pacify the warring groups, officials said on Thursday.

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Kidapawan Intricate Flower Base
Posted By Geo Solmerano | Thursday, February 10, 2011 11:05:54 AM

 


Abu Sayyaf militant captured in Zamboanga City
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Wednesday, February 09, 2011 02:12:21 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 9, 2011) – Philippine authorities captured Wednesday an Abu Sayyaf militant whose group is tied to al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiyah blamed for deadly bombings in the restive southern region of Mindanao, officials said.

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'Heroes and Rogues' By Perry Diaz (California)
Posted By Perry Diaz | Wednesday, February 09, 2011 01:48:24 PM

 

FIRST, THERE WAS ONE… then, another one… and then, there was a third. One by one, they came out to expose corruption in the military. Two brave soldiers and a courageous woman defied threats to their safety because they couldn’t take it any more. Indeed, Lt. Col. George Rabusa (ret.), Lt. Col. Antonio Ramon “Sonny” Lim, and Heidi Mendoza are heroes in an establishment ruled by rogues. And they’re making their voices heard loud and clear.

Encouraged by their exposé of the corruption in the military, President Benigno Aquino III took the offensive and called on the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to be “vigilant and report corrupt activities within the military.” In effect, what Aquino did was to ask them to “bypass their superiors and even rat on them,” a move that could be disquieting to the military top brass which relies on a hierarchically structured “grievance” system in dealing with erring soldiers and officers; and at the same time maintain a rigid order of command responsibility. Simply put, nobody would dare go over his immediate superior. To do so would be tantamount to a “death sentence” to a promotion or plum assignment.

As an officer in active duty in the Philippine Air Force, Lim knew that his military career would be over the moment he comes out to expose his superiors. But for whatever reason he had for coming out could only be for the good of the institution he served well since 1986 when he graduated from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

Turning point

On February 2, 2011, the 36-year-old Lim went to the Department of Justice to apply for protection under the Witness Protection Program (WPP) and for immunity from lawsuits. The following day, he appeared before the Senate and told the senators that the security of his family -- and with nine more years remaining in his military service -- prevented him from coming out earlier. And, boldly, he said, “Since the news is on the move of searching for the truth, I considered myself… I want to get involved, I will tell also the truth.” He said that his conscience persuaded him to follow the “daang matuwid” (straight path) that President Benigno Aquino III – his Commander-in-Chief – promised his administration would take.

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Nine fishermen rescued near Zamboanga
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Wednesday, February 09, 2011 12:58:03 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 9, 2011) – Nine fishermen whose trawler capsized at sea under bad weather were rescued on Wednesday off Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines.

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Sulu Tourism Campaign
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Wednesday, February 09, 2011 09:51:36 AM

 

"Wow Sulu" is a tourism slogan of Governor Dr Sakur Tan, of the province of Sulu, the 15th largest island of the Philippine Archipelago in terms of the area, spanning 1,600 square kilometers. Sulu is a part of the Sulu Archipelago, which stretches from the tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula to the island of Borneo. The main island and also its islets are located between the island-provinces of Basilan to the northeast, and Tawi-Tawi to the southwest.

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Gunmen kill village chieftain in Pagadian City
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Tuesday, February 08, 2011 10:05:48 PM

 

PAGADIAN CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 8, 2011) – Two motorcycle gunmen shot dead a village chieftain and wounded another official in an attack in Pagadian City in the Mindanao province of Zamboanga del Sur, police said Tuesday.

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Dapitan is ASEAN cultural capital
Posted By Mike Medina | Tuesday, February 08, 2011 01:56:04 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, Philippines - Dapitan City was declared ASEAN cultural capital, Vice Mayor Patri Chan said.

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Ex-Philippine military chief kills self
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Tuesday, February 08, 2011 11:11:51 AM

 

An undated photo shows former Philippine military chief General Angelo Reyes (with ex-national police chief Panfilo Lacson, former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and President Gloria Arroyo, among other government officials) during a visit to the southern province of Sulu. Reyes, who is facing a Senate investigation over P50 million he was accused of receiving P50 million during his stint as Armed Forces chief, killed himself on Monday, February 9, 2011. Reyes, who also served as army and defense chief, strongly denied all allegations against him. (Mindanao Examiner Photo).

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Sayyaf leader killed in Basilan clash
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Tuesday, February 08, 2011 08:44:06 AM

 

BASILAN, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 8, 2011) – Government troops killed an Abu Sayyaf sub-leader in a raid early Tuesday morning at a hideout in the troubled southern Philippine province of Basilan, officials said.

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Video emerges of Indonesia religious mob killings: AFP
Posted By Arlina Arshad - Agence France-Presse | Tuesday, February 08, 2011 07:53:09 AM

 

JAKARTA—Disturbing video emerged Monday of a bloody religious mob attack in Indonesia that killed three members of a minority Muslim sect, showing extremists beating and stoning their victims to death.

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'Of Lies and Deceit' By Al Jacinto (Zamboanga City)
Posted By Al Jacinto | Monday, February 07, 2011 06:56:33 PM

 

WELL THERE IS a person who writes to the media his opinion about the Zamboanga Electric Cooperative and the purported influence by some influential Chinese businessmen in the affairs of the power firm and their interests.

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Former Thin Lizzy Guitarist Gary Moore Passes Away
Posted By Metal Underground | Monday, February 07, 2011 10:03:33 AM

 

Legendary Northern Irish blues rock guitarist Gary Moore has unfortunately passed away. The former Thin Lizzy guitarist reportedly died in his sleep while on holiday in Spain in the early hours of this morning. He was 58 years old.

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Worm in Zambo faucet
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, February 06, 2011 03:59:22 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 6, 2011) – A family in Zamboanga City in Mindanao got the shock of their life after a worm came out from a bathroom faucet.

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Scientists make cloak that hides objects: Daily Mail
Posted By Daily Mail | Sunday, February 06, 2011 02:26:11 PM

 

IT has been the Holy Grail of scientists for centuries. Researchers announced they have built an ‘invisibility cloak’ that can hide everyday objects by splitting light.

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Help needed for Jolo flood victims
Posted By Press Release | Sunday, February 06, 2011 01:53:43 PM

 

Please help the flood victims in Sulu province. Please any donations. Thank you.

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Jolo flood recedes, rehab begins
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, February 06, 2011 12:57:56 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 6, 2011) – Flood waters have receded in the southern Philippine town of Jolo after flash flood swept away houses and left 5 people dead, officials told the Mindanao Examiner on Sunday.

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Top MILF rebel leader splits
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Saturday, February 05, 2011 04:01:53 PM

 

Moro Islamic Liberation Front chieftain Murad Ebrahim during a news conference Saturday, February 5, 2011 in the southern Philippines. (Mark Navales - Mindanao Examiner Photo).

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'Hoodlums in Uniform' By Perry Diaz (California)
Posted By Perry Diaz | Friday, February 04, 2011 08:49:20 PM

 

ONCE THE PRIDE of the nation for their heroic defense of freedom and the Motherland, a small band of military officers -- sworn to protect the people and the State – are now in the midst of a firestorm that could irreparably damage the image of the armed forces’ general staff.

Indeed, it might even cause the eventual demise of the six-decade old Philippine Military Academy (PMA) – which was patterned after the West Point military academy of the United States -- where all officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) completed their formal training. And it’s all because of the greed and corruption that have spawned into a monstrosity during the last decade. As a result of all the corruption cases involving PMAers, there are now talks of tapping ROTC cadets for commissioning to the officers’ corps of the AFP.

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US, RP troops rescue flood victims in Sulu
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, February 04, 2011 08:07:55 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 4, 2011) – American troops deployed in the southern Philippine island of Sulu helped rescue hundreds of villagers trapped by flash floods in the coastal town of Jolo, officials said Friday.

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Palo Sebo
Posted By Geo Solmerano | Thursday, February 03, 2011 06:17:50 PM

 


Military deploy troops to pacify warring rebel leaders in Mindanao
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, February 03, 2011 04:10:54 PM

 

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 3, 2011) – The Philippine military deployed more troops to pacify two warning rebel factions in the restive region of Mindanao, officials said Thursday.

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Samal Island Escapade
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Wednesday, February 02, 2011 02:19:52 PM

 


Sayyaf militant in Malaysian raid captured in the Philippines
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Wednesday, February 02, 2011 01:58:53 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 2, 2011) – Philippines authorities are investigating a captured Abu Sayyaf militant tagged as part of gang that kidnapped 21 mostly European and Asian hostages in a cross-border raid in Malaysia in 2000, officials said.

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Google, Facebook, Twitter sound off on Egypt: AFP
Posted By Chris Lefkow, Agence France-Presse | Wednesday, February 02, 2011 01:03:22 PM

 

WASHINGTON - Google, Facebook and Twitter, breaking with the usual practice of corporate silence, are speaking out forcefully against the Internet blockade by the Egyptian authorities.

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New video twits Philippine leader over purchase of Porsche
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Tuesday, February 01, 2011 05:51:17 PM

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 1, 2011) – A Filipina television advertisement director, actress and political activist Mae Paner more popularly known by his screen name Juana Change launched a new video taunting President Benigno Aquino III for purchasing an expensive Porsche for himself.

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2 killed in NPA raid in Mindanao
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Tuesday, February 01, 2011 01:55:21 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 1, 2011) – Communist rebels attacked a police post and killed two people on Tuesday in the troubled southern Philippine region of Mindanao.

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Mubarak's deputy linked to secret CIA program: AFP
Posted By AFP | Tuesday, February 01, 2011 08:27:07 AM

 

WASHINGTON — The man named by President Hosni Mubarak as his first ever deputy, Egyptian spy chief Omar Suleiman, reportedly orchestrated the brutal interrogation of terror suspects abducted by the CIA in a secret program condemned by rights groups.

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