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  • Extrajudicial killings tarnish Philippines’ image

    By May 23, 2014


    Human Rights Watch accused Philippine President Benigno Aquino III of not doing enough to stop extrajudicial killings. Pic: AP.

    This time, the reports are not mere generalizations and allegations. On Monday, the New York-based Human Rights Watch said they obtained confessions from at least three alleged hitmen who were reportedly organized and financed by a former Mindanao mayor to get rid of the city’s “weeds.” Phelim Kline, HRW deputy director for Asia, said, “[Mayor

  • Sarbay Fest: A beach party to end all beach parties

    By May 21, 2014


    Gumasa's Crystal clear waters to go along with fine powdery white sands.Pic by Cocoy Sexcion

    GUMASA, Sarangani –This place was touted as the South’s version of Boracay. Not anymore. It has acquired a brand of its own.  Its own unique life.  It has become a place to see and be seen in the summer.  It has even become one of life’s great levelers – at least in this part of

  • Rebels attack 2 mining companies in southern Philippines

    By May 19, 2014

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    An AK-47 wielding NPA rebel.Pic by Edwin Espejo

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Communist rebels raided the field facilities of Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI) in the town of Kiblawan, Davao del Sur early Monday morning, burning some 48 container vans which served as makeshift offices for the besieged mining company. Almost simultaneously, another group of New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas disarmed the security guards

  • Pacquiao Watch: Why PPV buys are down

    By May 14, 2014


    Pacquiao in training.Pic by Edwin Espejo

    Top Rank’s Bob Arum said the Pacquiao-Bradley 2 fight garnered 750,000-800,0000 pay per view (PPV) buys. It is down from the 850,000 buys that their first fight generated.  Still, it is a marked improvement from the Pacquiao-Rios fight in Macau, which made only 450,000 PPVs. The last time Manny Pacquiao hit over 1 million PPV

  • Philippines power plant under fire for destroying corals

    By May 11, 2014

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    Several patches of dead corals are now lying to waste after they were destroyed by anchor cables.Pice courtesy of John Heitz

    GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Scuba divers here said a wide patch of natural and artificially-grown corals has been destroyed due to the ongoing construction of an unloading jetty in Maasim, Sarangani where a coal-fired power plant is being built. Tuna exporter and diver John Heitz said coral formations as big as sedans were dragged and

  • Sarangani guv, Jinkee Pacquiao, 2 others charged for grave misconduct

    By May 07, 2014

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    Sarangani Gov. Steve Solon distributing relief packs.Pic by Sarangani Information Office

      GENERAL SANTOS CITY (May 7) – An anti-corruption watchdog in nearby Sarangani last week filed a complaint of grave misconduct against Gov. Steve Solon, Vice Governor Jinkee Pacquiao and two provincial board members before the Office of the Ombudsman.   The complaint stemmed from the continued release of salaries and other benefits of Board

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