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Protest denounces bullet scam

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Around 300 migrant workers took part in a protest in Chater Road on November 1 denouncing the bullet planting racket at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.

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Run lifestyle checks on airport security officials

MANILA (Agencies) : Bishop Ruperto Santos called on the government to run lifestyle checks on airport security personnel in the wake of the revelation of bullet planting in people’s luggage to extort payments to hush up their trumped up security breach.

The bishop believes that a check would reveal whether they are living beyond the means that their salaries could support and this would form grounds for their finances to be fully investigated.







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Frustration simmers at election forum

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Just one week before the Overseas Absentee Voting registration season came to an end on October 31, a delegation from the Commission on Elections (Comelec), headed by the commissioner, Arthur Lim, held an open forum at the offices of the Philippine Consulate General in Admiralty on October 25.

In welcoming the guests and thanking them for their effort in coming to Hong Kong, vice consul, Charles Macaspac, described them as forming a high powered delegation.

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Pope’s Philippine visit

VATICAN (Mabuhay) : Pope Francis told a group of Filipino bishops who were in Rome attending the Synod of Bishops on Family Life that even after almost one year he still has vivid memories of his visit to their country in January this year.

CBCP News reported on October 24 that Archbishop José Palma quoted the pope as saying in a brief and casual meeting, “I have special admiration for the Filipinos.”







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Indigenous people nominated for global rights award

MANILA (UCAN) : The indigenous people of the southern Philippine region of Mindanao, collectively known as the Lumad, have been nominated for an annual human rights award in Belgium.

The nomination came after some 3,000 indigenous people fled their homes in fear of attacks by armed militias to seek refuge in temporary shelters in the provinces of Surigao del Sur and Davao del Norte.







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Military closes tribal school

MANILA (UCAN) : The Father Fausto Tentorio Memorial School for tribal children, named after the Italian priest who was murdered in the province of Bukidnon in the southern Philippines in 2011, was closed on October 23 when the Armed Forces of The Philippines accused it of being a threat to the people.







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Calls to stop the genocide grow louder

MANILA (UCAN) : Church groups in The Philippines have joined their voices with an ever growing number of people calling for a stop to attacks on indigenous peoples and the murder of tribal leaders in the southern region of Mindanao.

“It is our utmost obligation to hear the cry for help and stand with the poor,” Sister Francis Anover, the national coordinator of the Rural Missionaries of The Philippines, said.







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Bangsamoro Basic Law supported by Jesuit universities

MANILA (UCAN) : The presidents of the five Jesuit universities in The Philippines are calling for the Bangsamoro Basic Law that will recognise the identity and aspirations of the Moro people in the southern Philippines to be passed in congress.

In a statement released on October 5, the five Jesuit presidents said the proposed law, which will pave the way for the creation of an autonomous Muslim region in Mindanao, should be integrated into the country’s socio-political institutions.







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Military accused of covering its footprints of blood

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Gunfire rang out from the campus of Mindanao State University at 10.00pm on the night of 8 August 2012 and, in the Miraato household, Yusoph Miraato called to his wife, Elizabeth, and their children to take cover.

The Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission reports that as the family was gathering together, six-year-old Gaily collapsed onto the floor, blood running from her mouth. With the help of neighbours she was rushed to hospital, but pronounced dead on arrival.







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Guns are the problem not the answer

DAVAO (UCAN) : Guns are the problem not the answer, the president of Ateneo de Davao University in Mindanao, Father Joel Tabora sj, said on October 21 in response to a decision by the Philippine government to arm paramilitary groups to double as private armies for mining companies in the trouble-plagued region.