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DARKNESS Bishop Joel “Bong” Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi leads the candle lighting ceremony against extrajudicial killings in the country. PHOTO BY RHAYDZ B. BARCIA

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LEGAZPI CITY: The Philippines is in a dismal and bleak situation following the continuing extrajudicial killings under the helm of President Rodrigo Duterte, Bishop Joel “Bong” Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi said. With this, he led the faithful in asking for God’s intercession to change the president’s heart so…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: An Abu Sayyaf leader tagged as behind the kidnappings of two Canadians and a Norwegian in Samal Island was among those killed by Malaysian authorities in a sea battle off Sabah’s Semporna district. Army Major Filemon Tan, military spokesman, identified the slain leader as Abraham Hamid, who led…

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LEGAZPI CITY: President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to finish the construction of the P4.8-billion Bicol International Airport (BIA) in three years, infusing fresh budget to spawn economic growth in the region. “Bicol International Airport will be finished within two to three years. You’re lucky because you have two airports. In…

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COTABATO CITY: Sultan Kudarat Gov. Pax Mangudadatu has expressed alarm over the rash of violent attacks against village officials in Isulan town in Sultan Kudarat. Mangudadatu lamented that Isulan, aside from its town police office, is also the home of the Sultan Kudarat police provincial office and the provincial public…

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NAGA CITY: The Archbishop of Caceres underscored anew the sanctity of life as he expressed opposition to the re-imposition of the death penalty now being debated in Congress. “The Church’s opposition to the death penalty is not supporting criminality or abetting the criminal who should be punished appropriately, but a…

NAGCARLAN Underground Cemetery Museum (right) was formally opened by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines with (from left) NHCP acting Chairman and Commissioner Rene Escalante; Nagcarlan Mayor Nelson Osuna, Prof. Regalado Trota Jose, University of Santo Tomas chief archivist; Ma. Serena Diokno, former NHCP director; and Zarah Escueta, NHCP coordinator. PHOTO BY ROSELLE AQUINO FEATURE

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What stood as mute witness to the secret meeting place of Filipino revolutionaries during the 1800s in the province of Laguna was turned into a museum to preserve its rich heritage and culture. Last Friday, officials of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) inaugurated the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery…

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COTABATO CITY: Two persons were killed, while five others, including a barangay chairman, were seriously wounded in an ambush on Friday in Banisilan, North Cotabato. Supt. Bernard Tayong, provincial police office spokesman, identified the fatalities as Lumayun Pukut Alayudan and Alinor Mantikayan, who both died from multiple gunshot wounds. The…

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For a region that has long been beset with conflict and poverty, local government units (LGUs) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are finally gearing up toward better local governance with its planned P4.196-billion budget for 2018-2019. Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ismael Sueno…

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SENATOR Panfilo Lacson wants another P3.6 billion of the budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for 2017 removed for violation of Republic Act 9054 or the Organic Act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Lacson is pushing for the removal of the amount from…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Malaysian police forces clashed with suspected Abu Sayyaf rebels killing three of them off Semporna City in Sabah after they attacked at least two sea trawlers. The Malaysian media said police captured two more gunmen and rescued a fishing boat captain, believed to be a Filipino holding a…

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