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Where have all the bodies gone?

TACLOBAN (UCAN): The search for the missing victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which hit the Central Visayas in The Philippines on 8 November 2013, is still going on, two years after official figures show that approximately a little over 6,000 people died and some 2,500 may be considered to be missing.

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Radio reporter murdered on Halloween

MANILA (UCAN) : A gunman shot and killed a radio broadcaster, José Bernardo, a staff reporter for the DWIZ in Manila, during the dark hours of Halloween celebrations on October 31. Bernardo becomes the latest victim in a spate of murders of media personnel in The Philippines.

Authorities identified the victim, who died after being shot several times as he was parking his motor cycle outside a fast food restaurant in Quezon City around 9.30pm.

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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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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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Indigenous peoples march on Manila

MANILA (Agencies) : Hundreds of people from indigenous groups in the southern Philippines launched a 1,000-kilometre walk to the national capital, Manila, to dramatise their call for an end to the attacks being made by military and paramilitary forces on tribal communities in troubled Mindanao.

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First deaths of 2016 election season

MANILA (UCAN) : The May 2016 election campaign season claimed its first victim on the day that filing for a certificate of candidacy opened on October 12.

The first murder was recorded in Tungawan in the southern Philippines and two more followed almost immediately.

The mayor of Tungawan, Randy Climaco, became the first to surrender his life during the current election period when he was murdered by unidentified gunmen on the opening day of the season.