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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.







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Watch your bags at Manila airport

MANILA (Agencies) : Bishop Ruperto Santos is warning migrant workers against the latest scam of security personnel at Noynoy Aquino International Airport—slipping bullets into people’s luggage in order to extort money from them (tanim-bala), even when their own bags are being searched in front of them.







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Military stood by as murders took place

MANILA (UCAN) : “I can testify that their ground commander was there,” Bishop Nereo Odchimar said in claiming that the government military troops stood aside while the Magahat-Bagani militia force is believed to have been in the act of shooting two tribal leaders and a teacher in the village of Han-ayan in Liangga town, Surigao del Sur, on September 1.







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Accused murders of Gerry Ortega arrested

MANILA (Agencies) : The arrest of the high profile Reyes brothers, who are accused of being behind the murder of environmental and anti-corruption advocate, Gerry Ortega, on 24 January 2011, brings fresh hope that his family and friends may achieve justice, Bishop Pedro Arigo, from Puerto Princesa, told CBCP News on September 22.







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Why was Andrea Rosal arrested if there was no evidence against her?

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Rights workers say they are happy, but at the same time angered at the release on September 7 of Andrea Rosal, the daughter of late Communist leader, Roger Rosal, who has been held as a political prisoner since her arrest on March 27 last year.

Charges of murder and kidnapping that had been levelled against her have been dropped due to lack of evidence.







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Government cannot hide murders behind its maverick militias

MANILA (Mabuhay) : The governor of Surigao del Sur, Johnny Pimentel, laid down the gauntlet when he declared a state of emergency in the province on September 18 as a result of up to 3,000 people frantically fleeing their homes in fear of their lives in the wake of execution-style murders committed by the Magahat-Bagani paramilitary on September 1.