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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…

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Lawmakers over the weekend called for the immediate arrest of former vice mayor Romeo Borja Jr. of Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija, in the wake of a resolution from the Department of Justice finding probable cause and recommending the filing of charges for 22 counts of rape against the former local government…

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Baguio City: The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Opapp) has set up a monitoring, evaluation and transparency (MET) mechanism and partnered with several civil society organizations (CSOs) to improve the management and monitoring of the government’s peace and development projects in the Cordillera region. Undersecretary Marie…

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RESPONDING to solve the scarcity of reference books in many of Nueva Vizcaya’s public schools, a non-government organization (NGO) has established child-friendly libraries in four municipalities for more than 3,000 pupils this school year. The Acts of Hope for the Nation (AHON) Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit organization whose main mission…

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A former municipal accountant in Maguindanao province was thrown behind bars after the Sandiganbayan proved that she failed to remit premium contributions from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and collected dues from municipal employees. The Sandiganbayan Third Division convicted Monawara Kiga, office-in-charge (OIC)-municipal accountant of Paglat Town, for violating…

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TUGUEGARAO CITY: A winning vice mayoralty candidate’s coordinator in Piddig town, Ilocos Norte province was shot dead Friday. Police said the slain campaign leader was identified by police as Michael Padaca of said town who succumbed to death due to multiple gunshot wounds on different parts of his body. Padaca,…

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A farmer was shot dead by still unidentified assailants inside his still unfinished home Thursday evening in Surigao del Sur province, police reports said Saturday. Belated reports reaching the Philippine National Police operations center in Camp Crame identified the fatality as Pedro Gemina alias “Bebot” of legal age, married, of…