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NPA rebel captured in Southern Philippines
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, September 30, 2011 11:42:31 PM

 

DAVAO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 30, 2011) – Security forces arrested a communist rebel tagged as behind the burning of a passenger bus in the southern Philippines, officials said Friday.

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ARMM officials incapable of instituting reforms
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, September 30, 2011 11:09:45 PM

 

MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 30, 2011) - A Filipino senator said incumbent officials of the troubled Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao are incapable of instituting immediate reforms, particularly in prosecuting those who are involved in misappropriation of billions of pesos in government funding.

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P100M OFW legal defense fund restored
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, September 30, 2011 01:31:21 PM

 

MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 30, 2011) - The Aquino government is restoring fully the P100-million Legal Assistance Fund for overseas Filipino workers to the Department of Foreign Affairs, House Assistant Majority Leader Eduardo Gullas said Friday.

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Response to NDFP's declaration of release of 4 BJMP personnel (Media Statement: Sowing Seeds for Peace Mindanao)
Posted By Sowing seeds for Peace Mindanao | Friday, September 30, 2011 01:17:33 PM

 

RESPONSE TO NDFP’S DECLARATION OF RELEASE OF FOUR BJMP PERSONNEL

Today, we are heartened that our humanitarian appeal for the release of the 4 BJMP personnel has been positively responded to by the NDFP.

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What's Wrong with the World? by Erick San Juan (Makati City)
Posted By Erick San Juan | Thursday, September 29, 2011 10:20:47 PM

 

LEADERS of the world seems to be repeating the mistakes of the past. All the danger signs are already in our midst. Global breaking point will possibly occur this coming October (economiccollapseblog.com). The allies in the past could disintegrate and be future enemies. Economic and financial analysts believe that there's only six weeks to save the euro but most of them believe that the dark clouds is on the horizon. All kinds of signs that the financial world will experience a nervous breakdown(dailymail.co.uk/news).

Massive amounts of investors money reportedly is being pulled out of the stock market. The biggest stock market crashes tended to happen in the fall. The global market is allegedly on the verge of "Black October." European debt crisis continue to worsen and weird financial activities are being made all over the world.

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P-Noy meets Barako By Perry Diaz (California)
Posted By Perry Diaz | Thursday, September 29, 2011 10:16:33 PM

 

NOBODY is sure if seating Philippine President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III during the Open Government Partnership conference next to U.S. President Barack Obama was planned or incidental. But it certainly gave P-Noy some importance.Imagine, after Obama refused to meet with him formally three times in the past, here’s P-Noy seated on the left hand side of the most powerful leader in the world.

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Peaceful solution urged to address feud in Mindanao
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, September 29, 2011 10:11:11 PM

 

DAVAO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 29, 2011) - "Ridu or feud is the consequence of the absence of justice or failure of the administration of justice," Professor Abhoud Syed Lingga told participants to the 2011 national convention of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP).

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Pinoy nurses urged to look for jobs in Saudi Arabia
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, September 29, 2011 09:59:45 PM

 

MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 29, 2011) - Filipino nurses looking for gainful employment overseas should set their sights on Saudi Arabia, where the foreign labor market remains highly favorable, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said.

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Ideas to Ponder By Pete Albea (Florida)
Posted By Pete Albea | Thursday, September 29, 2011 09:54:37 PM

 

IF THERE IS no agency in the government system capable of regulating the oil industry in the country, perhaps it would be wise for the government to handle the importation and distribution of oil and its by-products in the country exclusively, thereby controlling the industry so as to eliminate middlemen that cause the wide gap between the product’s acquisition cost and its selling prize to end users. This will bring down the prizes of oils and its by products substantially and consequently pull down with it the cost of electricity, transportation, fertilizers, and everything that uses oil in its process.

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More poor Filipinos to benefit from CCT program
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, September 29, 2011 09:42:28 PM

 

MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 29, 2011) - The Aquino government plans to enroll an additional 700,000 beneficiaries for the so-called Conditional Cash Transfer program for next year raising hopes that it would improve the lives of the impoverished, Senator Franklin Drilon said Thursday.

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Philippine Moro rebels expel renegade leader in deadly attacks on civilians
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, September 29, 2011 02:09:52 PM

 

MAGUINDANAO - (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 29, 2011) – The Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, has disowned a senior leader who is accused of masterminding deadly attacks in the southern island of Mindanao.

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Phoenix runners win in CamSur International Marathon
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Wednesday, September 28, 2011 09:16:31 PM

 

MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 28, 2011) - Five out of seven Team Phoenix elite runners topped the Summit CamSur International Marathon: Race to a Green Philippines held over the weekend at the CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC) in the town of Pili in Camarines Sur province.

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Has buko juice’s time come? By Perry Diaz (California)
Posted By Perry Diaz | Wednesday, September 28, 2011 07:42:06 PM

 

IN 2004, I wrote an article titled, “Hey, do you want to buy buko juice?” (PerryScope, December 10, 2004). At that time, although buko juice – or Coco juice -- was then being sold in markets in the United States, it was mostly distributed in Asian markets. You couldn’t find them in mainstream markets then.

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Letter to the Editor: COMELEC defends Boss (Zamboanga City)
Posted By Comelec | Wednesday, September 28, 2011 07:29:40 PM

 

THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
THE MINDANAO EXAMINER

SiR/MA’AM:

This is to express concern over the news article of Mr. Perry Diaz, entitled “Brillantes’ brilliance fading away,” published on 22 September 2012 in your newspaper. While the said news article provides for a detailed background of Chairman Brillantes and how he became to be, we would like to call your attention as to the glaring one-sidedness of the article, which should have provided for an equal coverage for Chairman Brillantes’ side of the story. We cannot help but feel that Chairman Brillantes deserves to be afforded the chance to answer all the allegations against him, and not to attribute to him a “fading brilliance” because of a statement he said which can be interpreted In a lot of ways.

For your information please, In his almost 9-month stint as head of the Commission on Elections, Chairman Brillantes has instituted laudable reforms within the organization, however unpopular they have become. His flagship program, the COMSTRAT 1116, aims to turn around the Comelec from its present state to a transformed Institution by 2016, by investing in technological capability enhancement, improving the accountability and integrity of personnel, revising and codifying election laws, among others.

It was Chairman Brillantes who initiated the investigations pertaining to the alleged electoral fraud and irregularities in the 2004 and 2007 National Elections, which we now know as the Comelec-DOJ Investigation Panel.

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Sineng Pambansa Opens in Tawi-Tawi province
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Wednesday, September 28, 2011 05:02:15 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 28, 2011) – The Sineng Pambansa opened Wednesday a three-day film festival in the southern Philippine province of Tawi-Tawi as part of its commitment to bring local films to Filipinos.

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6 dead in Abu Sayyaf raid in Basilan province
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Tuesday, September 27, 2011 09:30:33 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 26, 2011) - Six people were killed and five others wounded in an Abu Sayyaf raid on Tuesday on a village in the southern Philippine province of Basilan, officials said.

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Storm ‘Nesat’ ravages through the Philippines
Posted By J. Magtanggol | Tuesday, September 27, 2011 07:43:19 AM

 

MANILA – The Philippine weather bureau has raised Storm Signal 3 over large part of Luzon Island due to typhoon “Nesat” (local codename Pedring) as it ravages through provinces on Tuesday.

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Mindanao mayor captured by rebels admits human rights violations, issues public apology
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Monday, September 26, 2011 03:12:39 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 26, 2011) – A Philippine mayor being held captive by communist rebels have apologized for human rights violations he committed in the southern island of Mindanao.

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Philippine military tags MNLF members in Sulu attack
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Monday, September 26, 2011 07:52:30 AM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 26, 2011) – The Philippine military tagged a leader of the former Muslim rebel group Moro National Liberation Front as behind an attack that killed two soldiers in the southern province of Sulu.

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Sayyaf sub-leader killed in Zamboanga clash
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Monday, September 26, 2011 07:47:36 AM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 26, 2011) – Government troops killed an Abu Sayyaf sub-leader in a clash on village in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines, officials told the Mindanao Examiner on Monday.

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13 dead in fresh fighting in the Philippines
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, September 25, 2011 10:55:36 AM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 25, 2011) – At least 13 people were dead after government troops clashed early Sunday with Moro rebels in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, officials told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner.

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Justice For Maguindanao Massacre Victims; 22 Months Had Passed!
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, September 23, 2011 09:27:27 AM

 

It is 22 months now since the Maguindanao massacre where at least 32 journalists were among 57 people brutally murdered.

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Brillantes’ brilliance fading away By Perry Diaz (California)
Posted By Perry Diaz | Thursday, September 22, 2011 10:08:23 PM

 

WHEN PRESIDENT Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III appointed Sixto S. Brillantes Jr., a well-known election lawyer, as Chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) last January 16, 2011, many considered it a brilliant choice for the powerful post. However, recent events have ignited a maelstrom of controversy during his Commission on Appointments (CA) confirmation hearings to serve the unexpired term of former Comelec Chairman Carmelo Melo, which ends in 2015.

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Davao region under modern-day ‘martial rule’
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, September 22, 2011 09:52:08 PM

 

DAVAO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 22, 2011) – More than 300 people gathered in Davao City in the southern Philippines to protest the continuing reign of impunity under President Benigno Aquino’s administration.

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Prioritize Anti-Discrimination Bill, Gay Group Tells President Aquino
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, September 22, 2011 08:56:42 PM

 

MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 22, 2011) – A local human rights group called Progressive Organization of Gays (ProGay-Philippines) urged President Benigno Aquino to prioritize the passage of the House bill 1483 or the Anti-Discrimination Act of 2010.

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NPA rebels kill soldier, militia in Davao City checkpoint
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, September 22, 2011 07:32:00 PM

 

DAVAO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 22, 2011) – Communist rebels killed a government soldier and a militiaman at a checkpoint in Davao City in the southern Philippines, officials said on Thursday.

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Bring a Loved One Home with Kraft Eden Cheese
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, September 22, 2011 07:00:22 PM

 

Eden’s Christmas Promo gives a Chance to Reunite Families and Friends.

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Pinoy seamen expected to send over P4-B this year
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, September 22, 2011 02:40:45 PM

 

MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 22, 2011) - The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) on Thursday said cash remittances from Filipino sailors on foreign vessels are expected to surpass $4 billion this year.

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3 injured in Zamboanga junk shop explosion
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, September 22, 2011 12:41:52 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 22, 2011) – Three people were injured after an explosion Thursday at a junk shop in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines, police said.

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COA urged to audit gov’t school buildings
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Wednesday, September 21, 2011 10:02:40 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 21, 2011) - Senator Franklin Drilon called on the Commission on Audit (COA) to look into what appears to be a huge disparity between the cost-effective school building program initiated he initiated in partnership with the private sector and the Department of Education (DepEd).

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ECC issuance to Aboitiz Davao coal-fired power plant opposed
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Wednesday, September 21, 2011 09:50:49 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 21, 2011) - Environmental activists decried the issuance of an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) to Aboitiz Power Corporation (APC) for a proposed 300 MW coal-fired power plant in Davao City in the southern Philippines.

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Senate employees’ union call for new wage hike
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Wednesday, September 21, 2011 09:25:31 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 21, 2011) - The Sandigan ng Empleyadong Nagkakaisa sa Adhikain ng Demokratikong Organisasyon (SENADO), the Senate employees’ union, led a consultative meeting Wednesday in pursuing their campaign and call for a substantial salary increase for government employees.

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Truck collides with bus, kills 2 in Zamboanga province
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Wednesday, September 21, 2011 06:08:41 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 21, 2011) – A dump truck transporting members of the Philippine Boy Scouts collided head on with a passenger bus on Wednesday in Zamboanga Sibugay province and killing at least 2 people and wounding over a dozen more, officials said.

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Philippine mayor being held by rebels faces serious criminal charges
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Wednesday, September 21, 2011 03:55:35 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 21, 2011) – Communist rebels holding a town mayor has accused him of serious human violations in the southern Philippines.

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P-Noy and the Cola Wars By Perry Diaz (California)
Posted By Perry Diaz | Tuesday, September 20, 2011 10:53:49 PM

 

SOME PEOPLE might question President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III’s leadership style but a lot would agree that he’d make a good comedian -- Dolphy and Panchito, Tugak and Pugak, Apeng Daldal all rolled into one. When P-Noy gets himself in a tight spot like making a decision, he morphs into Peenoy, the comedian. And it works!

P-Noy is so good at doing it that when he was on a state visit to China, he averted a cold war with China. It was reported that when he met the Filipino community in Beijing, he told them, “Someone asked me about my love life. I said it’s just like Coca-Cola. Before, it was Regular, and then it became Light. Now it’s Zero.”

It’s a joke that went viral around the world. According to my investigative reporter James Macaquecquec, P-Noy’s Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang was overwhelmed with thousands of requests to book Peenoy in comedy shows around the world.

But while the Coca-Cola joke averted a cold war, it triggered another “Cola War” between the two soft drink giants, Coca-Cola and Pepsi Cola. Immediately, Pepsi Cola ran an ad that said, “Love Life? Go from Zero to Max.” I won’t be surprised if Coca-Cola and Pepsi Cola would ask P-Noy to become their poster boy in their promo ads.

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TRO against ARMM poll postponement (Media Statement: Alliance of Professionals' Societies for Prosperity and Peace in Mindanao)
Posted By Press Release | Tuesday, September 20, 2011 10:46:59 PM

 

THE HIGHEST CPOURT of the land has rightfully ruled when it issued a TRO against the appointment of ARMM officials by the President.Previous to this, everything has become both a chaos and a fiesta among the supporters of the applicants to the positions at stake. This is the very scenario that the Supreme Court wants to be avoided in its resolution of rendering the TRO.

A worst situation shall be forthcoming when the President finally appoints the ARMM officials because such would-be officials do not enjoy the popular mandate of the Muslim constituents. The latter are still adamant in its well-founded perception that the appointment of these officials is a manifest intrusion by the Manila government into their own autonomous government. Thus, it is urged with earnest conviction that the bill postponing the ARMM elections must be declared unconstitutional.

The protest of some 150 individuals who forced their way into the compound of the Supreme Court cannot be given due credence nor be thought of as representing the sentiments 1.8M Muslims in Mindanao.

These are groups organized to pressure the Supreme Court render a decision in their favor because they are puppets of soon to be appointed ARMM officials who have already celebrated earlier and conducted personnel and financial survey of the ARMM agencies.

These people thought that if they will not be appointed they will stand to lose more than the ARMM constituents! What can they do to reform ARMM in less than two years?

For the first months, the office of the regional governor will be busy signing appointments to the various positions in the ARMM from department secretaries down to the utility men. Then, by the third quarter of 2012, such officials will be busy again in preparation for the 2013 ARMM elections or most probably for the national and local elections.

Will the President's noble intent to reform ARMM come into fruition in less than two years? Or shall it be more accurately said--will the President's men greedy appetite for the foreign donors to the ARMM as well as its budget allocation for 2012 and 2013 be satisfied? The answer obviously remains to be seen.

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Troops capture NPA encampment in Davao City
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Tuesday, September 20, 2011 10:30:46 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 20, 2011) – Government troops captured a communist rebel encampment following a firefight in Davao City in the southern Philippines, officials said on Monday.

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Go slow on lifting of ban on OFWs to Iraq: Migrante-Middle East
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Tuesday, September 20, 2011 08:24:10 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 20, 2011) – Migrants’ advocacy group called Migrante-Middle East has warned Manila to go slow on proposals to lift the ban on overseas Filipino workers to Iraq.

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Sayyaf man killed in Zamboanga clash
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Tuesday, September 20, 2011 02:30:52 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 20, 2011) – Patrolling soldiers clashed Monday with Abu Sayyaf gunmen and Moro rebels in Zamboanga city in the southern Philippines, officials said.

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Pa, son seized in Cagayan de Oro City
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Monday, September 19, 2011 11:12:27 PM

 

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 19, 2011) – A wealthy real estate trader and his son were seized Monday in Cagayan de Oro City in southern Philippines, reports said.

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Philippine transport strike successful
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Monday, September 19, 2011 10:06:40 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 119, 2011) – Transport groups on Monday said it had shut down major roads as public utility drivers held a nationwide strike to protest high prices of fuel in the Philippines.

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Move opening of classes to September
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Monday, September 19, 2011 09:35:59 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 19, 2011) - Senator Franklin Drilon renewed his call Monday to transfer the opening of the school year from June to September to prevent class disruptions and as a result of the rainy season.

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Girl abducted in Mindanao
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Monday, September 19, 2011 08:06:26 PM

 

NORTH COTABATO, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 19, 2011) – Gunmen snatched an eight-year old girl from her mother outside a school on Monday in the province of North Cotabato in Mindanao Island in the southern Philippines, the nongovernmental group called Bantay Ceasefire said.

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Kidnapped Filipina wife of British engineer rescued in the Philippines
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Monday, September 19, 2011 07:08:36 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 19, 2011) – Philippine soldiers rescued the Filipino wife of a British engineer after a clash Monday afternoon with Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern province of Basilan, officials said.

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Despite TRO, ARMM screening process resumes in Zamboanga City
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Monday, September 19, 2011 04:40:59 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 19, 2011) – Manila has resumed Monday its public forum in Zamboanga City on the candidates’ agenda for officers-in-charge in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

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P-Noy and the Big Three collude to hike oil prices By Jorge Madlos (Mindanao)
Posted By Jorge Madlos | Monday, September 19, 2011 08:25:10 AM

 

SPEARHEADED by transport groups and participated in by the people, the nationwide transport strike on Sept.19 is a legitimate militant action against the series of oil price increases that has intensified poverty by eroding further the already nil purchasing power of the poor.

In monopoly of 85 - 90% of the oil industry market, the Big Three – Shell, Caltex, and Petron – have taken full advantage of the fluctuation in world crude prices to increase their local prices twice weekly on the average, and further expand their profit margin.

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Political prisoners are not criminal offenders: SELDA
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, September 18, 2011 10:16:59 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 18, 2011) – An organization of former political detainees called SELDA criticized Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte after she was quoted as saying in a news interview that political prisoners are incarcerated because of crimes they committed and not for political reasons.

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Senate to probe P7.5-B Arroyo farm-to-market funds
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, September 18, 2011 09:24:50 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 18, 2011) - Senator Franklin Drilon on Sunday called for an investigation into the P7.5 billion farm-to-market roads fund released by the Arroyo administration before the May 2010 elections even without actual programs of work.

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Troops clash with Maoist rebels in Davao Sur
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, September 18, 2011 08:05:41 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 18, 2011) – Government troops clashed with New People’s Army rebels in the southern Philippine province of Davao del Sur, officials said Sunday.

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NPA rebels are 'incorrigible' liars, Army says
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, September 18, 2011 07:04:07 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 18, 2011) – The Philippine Army denied Sunday reports by communist rebels that they killed one soldier in an attack in Davao City in the southern Philippines.

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Troops, students join forces to clean Davao coastal village
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, September 18, 2011 01:35:41 PM

 

DAVAO DEL SUR, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 18, 2011) – Filipino soldiers and students joined for a coastal clean-up in the town of Malita in Davao del Sur province, security officials said Sunday.

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Philippine labor group asks DOJ to probe oil firm
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, September 18, 2011 01:13:33 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 18, 2011) - Labor group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines urged the Department of Justice to investigate Petron Corporation for extreme acts that have allegedly hampered smaller rivals from freely conducting business.

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AFP’s Oplan Bayanihan: A rehash of failed, desperate attempts to suppress fundamental freedoms (Media Statement: Kabataan Davao)
Posted By Kabataan Davao | Sunday, September 18, 2011 01:06:38 PM

 

THE ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES (AFP) through its Eastern Mindanao Command spokesperson Col. Leopoldo Galon Jr. has once again displayed the arrogance of the state’s prime apparatus in suppressing the democratic people’s struggle. It has unleashed another rehashed script of vilifying legal progressive organizations in an attempt to “sanitize” schools from progressive ideas and principles of liberation and national democracy.

Contrary to his self-congratulatory pronouncement that the AFP is winning the support of the youth and students Col. Galon ended up undermining the “hearts and minds” of the progressive youth of society.

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P13.9-B allotted for poor Filipinos in 2012
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, September 18, 2011 12:49:44 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 18, 2011) – Some P13.9 billion in fresh government funds are expected to benefit over 7 million, mostly poor Filipino families and children, said House Assistant Majority Leader Congressman Eduardo Gullas.

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Senators urged to support proposed law that will benefit council members
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, September 18, 2011 12:21:50 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 18, 2011) - Senate President Pro Tempore Jose Ejercito Jr has urged fellow senators to support his Senate Bill 2946 which confers civil service eligibility upon members of municipal and city councilors and provincial board members.

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Go slow on mining, lawmaker urges Aquino gov’t
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, September 18, 2011 11:54:38 AM

 

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 18, 2011) – A Filipino lawmaker warned the Aquino government against proposals to lift the moratorium on the issuance of mining permits to further encourage the entry of foreign firms in the Philippines.

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Accused by Saudi employer, Filipina domestic worker jailed over a piece of underwear
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, September 18, 2011 11:15:21 AM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 18, 2011) – A Filipina domestic worker was jailed in Saudi Arabia on false charges by her former employer who accused her of stealing a dirty underwear, the Asia Human Rights Commission reported.

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Philippine Congress to probe LBC Bank collapse
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, September 18, 2011 10:17:47 AM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 18, 2011) – The Philippine Congress is set to launch its own probe into the collapse of the LBC Development Bank which lawmakers claimed distressed thousands of depositors, including overseas workers whose remittances to their dependents here remain unpaid.

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Accelerate implementation of infra projects, Senator tells DPWH
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Saturday, September 17, 2011 10:15:32 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 17, 2011) - Senator Franklin Drilon urged the Department of Public Works and Highways to accelerate the implementation of government infrastructure projects in a bid to ramp up domestic economic growth.

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No to US bases
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Saturday, September 17, 2011 10:06:14 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 17, 2011) – A Filipino lawmaker expressed alarm that proposals to amend the Constitution could open the door to the return of US military bases in the Philippines.

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Bishop urges military to stop encampment in civilian areas
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Saturday, September 17, 2011 09:53:12 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 17, 2011) – A Philippine bishop has called on President Benigno Aquino to stop the military’s continued encampment in civilian areas following the killing of a seven-year old girl by a government soldier in Compostela Valley province in Mindanao.

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Spratly Appeasement By Perry Diaz (California)
Posted By Perry Diaz | Saturday, September 17, 2011 09:38:24 PM

 

SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 marks the 73rd anniversary of the Munich Agreement, which was signed by the major powers of Europe to appease Germany’s Adolf Hitler from attacking Germany’s neighbors. After the signing, Britain’s Neville Chamberlain and France’s Edouard Deladier triumphantly brought home the “solemn pledge” signed by Hitler and Italy’s Benito Mussolini. Chamberlain proudly announced to Londoners, “peace for our time.” “Peace” was achieved in exchange for Sudetenland -- a tiny slice of land on Czechoslovakia’s border with Germany. Indeed, it was a small price to pay to appease Hitler. It came to be known as the “Munich Appeasement.”

Land for Peace

Czechoslovakia – who was not represented during the negotiation and signing -- was forced to abide by the agreement after Britain and France told her that she either give up Sudetenland or fight Germany… alone. Czechoslovakia chose to let go of Sudetenland. But Germany got more than what she bargained for – de facto control of the rest of Czechoslovakia for as long as Hitler kept his “solemn pledge” not to go any farther.

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Keep large fare subsidy to LRT, MRT riders, TUCP urges gov’t
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Saturday, September 17, 2011 09:31:56 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 17, 2011) - The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) urged the Aquino government to keep at current levels its fare subsidy to the more than 1.1 million commuters that take Metro Manila’s three overhead trains every day.

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Filipino environmentalists oppose mining in Mindanao
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Saturday, September 17, 2011 09:22:30 PM

 

Manila, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 17, 2011) – Filipino mining activists and tribesmen have renewed calls for the government to put a stop to mining activities in Mindanao because of its destructive effect on the environment.

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Senate President pledges support to Zambo Sur agri projects
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Saturday, September 17, 2011 08:34:35 PM

 

PAGADIAN CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 17, 2011) – Senate President Pro Tempore Jose Ejercito, Jr has pledged more support to the various agricultural projects in Zamboanga del Sur province in Mindanao.

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Villagers oppose Davao Sur coal-fired power plant
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Saturday, September 17, 2011 08:18:06 PM

 

DAVAO DEL SUR, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 17, 2011) – Filipino boat racers and fishermen flocked to Davao del Sur province, site of a proposed coal-fired power plant in Mindanao, and joined the “Race Against Coal” to dramatize their opposition to the Aboitiz project.

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Investigate oil cartel, Aquino urged
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Saturday, September 17, 2011 07:57:44 PM

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 17, 2011) – Civil workers on Saturday urged President Aquino to investigate and prosecute the so-called Big 3 oil cartel - Shell, Petron and Caltex – instead of punishing public transport operators and drivers who are set to stage a nationwide strike on Monday.

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Sarangani villagers benefit from medical mission
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Saturday, September 17, 2011 07:34:15 PM

 

SARANGANI, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 17, 2011) – More than 500 people have benefited from a medical mission in the southern Philippine province of Sarangani, local officials said Saturday.

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Commies ambush troops in Davao City
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Saturday, September 17, 2011 03:37:30 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 17, 2011) – Communist rebels ambushed a team of government soldiers on Saturday and killing one of them on a village in Davao City in the southern Philippines.

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Repeal EPIRA, reform the power industry
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, September 16, 2011 10:57:07 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 16, 2011) – A Filipino lawmaker has renewed calls for the Aquino government to repeal the Electric Power Industry Reform Act or EPIRA and lower the electricity in the country.

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Sarangani folks join coastal clean up, mangrove planting
Posted By Cocoy Sexcion | Friday, September 16, 2011 09:46:12 PM

 

SARANGANI, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 16, 2011) – Hundreds of volunteers gathered Friday in Sarangani’s Malapatan town where they joined a massive clean up and planted mangrove on a coastal village as part of the month-long international coastal clean-up celebration.

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Philippine Muslim rebels extend ultimatum on renegade leader
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, September 16, 2011 02:45:39 PM

 

COTABATO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 16, 2011) – The Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front has again extended its ultimatum on a renegade leader to return to its fold.

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Senate approves Foster Care Act
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, September 15, 2011 11:12:31 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 15, 2011) – The Philippine Senate has approved on final reading the Senate Bill 2486 or an Act that would strengthen and propagate foster care for the abused, abandoned, neglected and other children with special needs.

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ARMM Regional Ports Management Authority finish 3-day training course
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, September 15, 2011 10:35:19 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 15, 2011) – The Regional Ports Management Authority of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao have finished a three-day training program in Davao City in the southern Philippines, officials said Thursday.

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President Aquino’s P101.5-B pork barrel criticized
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, September 15, 2011 09:41:28 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 15, 2011) – A union of Philippine government employees has criticized President Benigno Aquino’s proposed P101.5 billion “pork barrel” for 2012, saying it was unconscionable considering the deplorable poverty experienced by government employees and the people.

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Philippine transport groups set to stage national strike
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, September 15, 2011 09:28:30 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 15, 2011) – Public transport operators and other organizations have threatened to stage a nationwide strike next week to protest the unabated hike in fuel prices in the Philippines.

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Philippine indigenous tribes cry for justice
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, September 15, 2011 09:06:06 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 15, 2011) – An alliance of indigenous peoples in Mindanao called Kalumaran condemned the continuing harassment and killing of Lumad leaders in the southern Philippines.

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Tunnel proposed under EDSA
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, September 15, 2011 08:23:20 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 15, 2011) – A Filipino lawmaker on Thursday urged infrastructure planners to consider putting up a Malaysian-type Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART) on a Philippine highway that could ease motor vehicle travel and help surrounding communities deal with potential flooding.

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Two Muslim rebel groups clash in Mindanao
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, September 15, 2011 03:12:33 PM

 

COTABATO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 15, 2011) – At least for gunmen were killed in fierce clashes between two Muslim rebel factions in Mindanao Island in the southern Philippines, authorities said Thursday.

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Kidnapped Filipino boy freed
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, September 15, 2011 12:42:04 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 15, 2011) – Kidnappers have freed early Thursday a nine-year old boy they held for six months in the southern Philippines, authorities said.

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Bomb explodes anew in Cotabato City
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Wednesday, September 14, 2011 02:17:54 PM

 

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 14, 2011) – A homemade bomb exploded on Wednesday in Cotabato City in the southern Philippines, but authorities said there were no reports of casualties.

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Shamcey Supsup is Miss Universe 3rd Runner-Up
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Tuesday, September 13, 2011 10:03:03 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 13, 2011) – President Benigno Aquino praised Filipino beauty Shamcey Supsup, who is third runner-up in the Miss Universe beauty pageant Tuesday in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

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DILG reveals shortlist of ARMM OIC bets
Posted By Jun Pasaylo | Tuesday, September 13, 2011 09:02:47 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) disclosed the seven short-listed candidates as officers-in-charge of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

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Tawi-Tawi to celebrate 'Kamahardikaan' Festival
Posted By Nonoy Lacson | Tuesday, September 13, 2011 07:42:44 PM

 

TAWI-TAWI, Philippines – The capital town of Bongao is now in a festive mood after the provincial government of Tawi-Tawi declared on Tuesday that “all systems are go” for the holding of the “Kamahardikaan sin Tawi-Tawi” festival as part of the celebration of its 38th founding anniversary.

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FOR SALE: Mitsubishi Galant Super Saloon 95 Zamboanga City
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Tuesday, September 13, 2011 06:29:05 PM

 


Twin blasts hit Cotabato City
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Tuesday, September 13, 2011 04:08:38 PM

 

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 13, 2011) – Two improvised bombs exploded Tuesday in the restive city of Cotabato in the southern Philippines, officials said.

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FOR SALE: Mitsubishi Strada 4x4 Pick-Up Truck
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, September 11, 2011 08:38:39 PM

 


3 killed in gunfight in Basilan province
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, September 11, 2011 06:28:42 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 11, 2011) – Three members of a former Muslim rebel group were killed a clash with government soldiers on Sunday in the southern Philippine province of Basilan, officials said.

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UP Open University offers first formal degree in Land Valuation
Posted By UPOU | Saturday, September 10, 2011 09:02:18 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 10, 2011) - The University of the Philippines Open University, in cooperation with the Land Administration Management Project 2, is set to offer the first ever Land Valuation and Management degree this Second Semester SY 2011-2012.

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Is P-Noy diffident and unassertive? By Perry Diaz (California)
Posted By Perry Diaz | Saturday, September 10, 2011 08:54:30 PM

 

THE U.S.EMBASSY diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks in which former U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenney described then-Senator Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III as “diffident and unassertive” has ignited a maelstrom of controversy. Was Kenney correct in her assessment of P-Noy when she said, “Previous contacts with Senator Aquino, often accompanying his mother... left the impression of a diffident, unassertive man continuing a political tradition handed on by his parents but not carving his own legacy”?

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte was quick to defend P-Noy, “You can ask anybody, the assessment is clearly wrong. You can see it in the performance of the President.” Yes, I can, Ms. Valte. Consider the following:

1) His indecisiveness on what to do with his shooting buddy, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Rico E. Puno, who failed to take charge of the August 23, 2010 hostage-taking incident, which led to the massacre of eight Chinese tourists by the hostage-taker.

Ignoring a clamor for Puno’s removal from his post, P-Noy disregarded the Department of Justice’s Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC) report, which recommended criminal action against Puno, then-Philippine National Police chief Gen. Jesus Verzosa, and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim. But P-Noy’s reaction caught a lot people by surprise. Upon reading the report, he blurted: “Napatapang ‘ata masyado ah. Bakit kasama pa sila Puno, Lim, at Verzosa?” [It’s too strongly worded. Why are we implicating Puno, Lim and Verzosa?] Did P-Noy try to protect Puno or he simply did not have the courage to fire him?

Puno, in an act of defiance, told the press that P-Noy would think twice before letting him go. Instead of firing Puno, P-Noy slapped him on the wrist. Puno then vanished from the public eye for about nine months and then reappeared after the furor died down.

2) In February 2011, the Marcos family requested P-Noy permission to bury the remains of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery). P-Noy could have decided right away like what his predecessors did before. But he asked Vice President Jojo Binay to look into the issue. Last June, Binay gave P-Noy his recommendation that Marcos be buried in Ilocos Norte with full military honor.

After several weeks of indecisiveness in making a decision, P-Noy swept the issue under the mat saying the Marcos burial issue was not his priority. To this day, the Marcoses are still waiting for his decision. Why can’t P-Noy just say “No” and that would be the end of it? Indeed, diffident and unassertive.

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Peace movement launched in Mindanao
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Saturday, September 10, 2011 07:28:38 PM

 

OZAMIZ CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 10, 2011) - Philippine church leaders have appealed to citizens to support the peace talks between the government and the communist rebels and called for an end to violence in the troubled region of Mindanao.

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Philippine police gets new forensic lab
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, September 09, 2011 06:14:54 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 9, 2011) – The United States hand over a P14 million training facility and forensic laboratory to the regional police as part of Washington’s support to the Philippine National Police.

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Fake document racket busted in Zamboanga City
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, September 09, 2011 04:55:00 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 9, 2011) – Philippine authorities arrested four people accused of faking government documents in a raid at a hideout in Zamboanga City in Mindanao Island, officials said Friday.

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Manila offers ‘genuine autonomy’ to Muslim rebels
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, September 09, 2011 02:41:32 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 9, 2011) – The Philippine government reiterated its offer of autonomy to the country’s largest Muslim rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front, even as it rejected the proposal and demand for a sub-state in Mindanao Island.

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DILG urged to put up list of peace, development programs
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, September 09, 2011 12:26:48 PM

 

MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 9, 2011) - Senator Franklin Drilon on Friday urged the Department of Interior and Local Government to come up with a detailed list of beneficiaries of the agency’s peace and development initiatives to local governments, saying the chamber will not allow a lump sum item which leaves much room for discretion.

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BIR padlocks 5 department stores in Zamboanga City
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, September 09, 2011 12:18:50 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 9, 2011) – Five department stores in Zamboanga City were padlocked after its owners failed to pay their taxes.

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Groups denounce human rights violations in Davao City
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, September 08, 2011 08:27:15 AM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 8, 2011) – A Filipino farmer’s group held a picket in Davao City in Mindanao to denounce alleged human rights violations of government soldiers.

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PDEA drug inventory questioned
Posted By Press Release | Thursday, September 08, 2011 07:48:57 AM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 8, 2011) - Filipino Senator Franklin Drilon expressed alarm over the apparent inaccurate data being presented by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency regarding illegal drugs, warning that any unaccounted illegal substances could lead to “recycling” and be readily available to the public.

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‘Red tides’ reported in Western Mindanao
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Wednesday, September 07, 2011 05:57:37 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 7, 2011) – Philippine authorities have banned the harvesting of shellfish on three provinces in western Mindanao because of the presence of algal blooms or so-called “red tide” toxins.

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Aid workers air concern over stalled Mindanao peace talks
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Tuesday, September 06, 2011 11:35:28 PM

 

SULTAN KUDARAT, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 6, 2011) - Aid workers and analysts have expressed concern after the Philippines' largest Muslim separatist group rejected a proposed peace deal relating to the island of Mindanao.

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Cebu Pacific offers 50% off on ticket sales
Posted By Cebu Pacific | Tuesday, September 06, 2011 11:55:13 AM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 6, 2011) - Cebu Pacific on Tuesday said it is offering travelers to book flights in advance with a 50% off system-wide seat sale from September 6 to 8 or until seats last.

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Philippine labor group rejects proposed 4-day work week
Posted By KMU | Monday, September 05, 2011 10:15:15 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 5, 2011) – A Philippine labor group has flatly rejected a proposal to cut working days from five days to only four, but longer by two hours a day.

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UP Open University offers Bachelor of Education Studies
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Monday, September 05, 2011 09:28:24 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 5, 2011) – The University of the Philippines on Monday announced a new online undergraduate program will be offered starting May next year.

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MILF rebels focus sight on peace in Mindanao
Posted By Romy Elusfa | Monday, September 05, 2011 06:13:11 PM

 

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 5, 2011) – Philippine Muslim rebels on Monday said it would still pursue negotiations with Manila as both sides try to resolve the deadlock in peace talks aimed at ending decades of bloody fighting in the mineral-rich, but strife-torn region of Mindanao.

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Salon owner abducted in Zamboanga province
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Monday, September 05, 2011 09:49:14 AM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 5, 2011) – A Filipino woman who is married to a British engineer, was abducted by gunmen in the southern Philippine province of Zamboanga Sibugay, security officials told the Mindanao Examiner.

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P-Noy meets Hu? By Perry Diaz (California)
Posted By Perry Diaz | Sunday, September 04, 2011 10:17:32 PM

 

I RECEIVED a WikiLeaks recording of the private meeting between Philippine President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III and Chinese President Hu Jintao prior to their official bilateral meeting in Beijing during P-Noy’s state visit to China. The conversation went as follows:

Hu: Good afternoon, President Aquino. Welcome to China!

P-Noy: Gung hay fat choy, President Hu.

Hu: Huh? I didn’t know it’s New Year in the Philippines?

P-Noy: Well… we celebrate New Year everyday! Hehehe….

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MILF stands firm on demand for Muslim sub-state in Mindanao
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Sunday, September 04, 2011 02:44:03 PM

 

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 4, 2011) – The Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, is unlikely to sign a peace deal with the Aquino government unless its demand for a sub-state in Mindanao is granted.

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Philippine soldier who shot girl is dismissed from service
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Saturday, September 03, 2011 08:29:13 PM

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 3, 2011) – Philippine authorities detained an army soldier who accidentally shot and killed an eight-year old girl in Compostela Valley province, officials told the Mindanao Examiner on Saturday.

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Zambo dad's driver shoots 3 in fit of rage
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Saturday, September 03, 2011 02:44:32 PM

 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 3, 2011) – Police arrested the driver of a local politician after he allegedly shot and wounded three people, including a four-year old child, in a fit of rage in Zamboanga City in Mindanao.

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New Sulu municipal building inaugurated
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, September 02, 2011 04:15:34 PM

 

SULU, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 2, 2011) – Sulu Governor Sakur Tan inaugurated Friday a multi-million municipal building in the town of Maimbung.

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No To Coal Power Plant in Zamboanga City!
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Friday, September 02, 2011 06:48:00 AM

 

Once coal has been mined and processed, the vast majority of it is sent to power plants. This is the second major phase in the dirty life cycle of coal.

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The Spratly agenda By Perry Diaz (California)
Posted By Perry Diaz | Thursday, September 01, 2011 07:02:13 PM

 

THREE DAYS before President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III embarked on a four-day state visit to China, it was reported in the news that the Philippine government had agreed to allow the Chinese government-owned China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) to conduct oil exploration in the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

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Philippine military to launch new offensive vs. Sayyaf
Posted By Mindanao Examiner | Thursday, September 01, 2011 06:19:21 PM

 

SULU, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 1, 2011) – The Philippine military is set to launch a new offensive against the militant group Abu Sayyaf which is still holding three foreigners and three Filipinos in the southern province of Sulu.

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