The Manila Times

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Cotabato City: Tension is brewing in Datu Blah Sinsuat town in Maguindanao after suspected followers of a defeated mayoralty candidate went on raampage on Saturday, firing at houses in a coastal village whose residents are known supporters of the town’s reelected mayor. According to police, armed men carrying assault rifles…

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A Regional Trial Court in Naga City sentenced two drug pushers to life imprisonment after being found guilty of violating Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr., director general of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), identified the convicted…

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Communist rebels seized the firearms of a former village leader and a civilian in Zamboanga del Sur’s Lapuyan town, police said Sunday. Authorities reported that about a dozen gunmen wearing military uniforms entered the village of Mandeg and introduced themselves as New People’s Army (NPA) rebels. The group proceeded to…

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Zamboanga City: Motorcycle-riding gunmen shot and killed two persons in an attack over the weekend in the town of Liloy in Zamboanga del Norte province, police said. Police said Jessie Velasco, 37, and Rafael Callao, 68, were traveling on a motorcycle when masked gunmen shot them. The attackers were tailing…

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A militant peasants’ organization on Sunday criticized the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for its bid to subject Hacienda Luisita to a sugar block-farming scheme. The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), in a statement, claimed that the scheme would allow the Cojuangco family to retain control over Hacienda Luisita. Hacienda…

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Government troops arrested a man who was transporting antitank explosives in Davao City, military officials reported on Sunday. Joey Atienza was driving his motorcycle when soldiers intercepted him over the weekend at a checkpoint in the village of Mabuhay in Paquibato district, a known lair of New People’s Army (NPA)…

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Baguio City: The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Cordillera Regional Office, for the second consecutive year, held a summer workshop for the families of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Baguio-Benguet area. The summer program, focused on the theme, “Strengthening Family Values, Stewardship Formation and Economic Reintegration,” was held in…