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Scavengers of misfortune

TACLOBAN (SE): While reports abound about shoddy reconstruction work being done by government agencies and the snail’s pace progress of its rehousing projects, a major fact that has been swept under the carpet, or maybe under the water, is the actual number of people who died during Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.

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Roxas is no Yolanda hero

MANILA (Agencies): Mar Roxas may be the candidate for the presidential election anointed by the current incumbent, Noynoy Aquino, but Father Edwin Gariguez says that he is no hero of Yolanda.

Reacting strongly against a comic book being distributed as part of his campaign, Father Gariguez told CBCP News that Roxas certainly is not the hero that he makes himself out to be in the propaganda.

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Worldwide election forum in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): Overseas Filipinos and their families from 14 countries took part in a worldwide consultation in Hong Kong on the upcoming presidential election on March 13.

The day featured a forum with Makabayan senatorial candidate, Neri Colmenares, and nominees from the Migrante Partylist.

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Religious honoured for defence of nature

MANILA (SE): A priest from Manila and an Augustinian brother were both honoured for their dedication to the protection of the environment and the interests of indigenous people at separate functions in The Philippines during March.

Father Edwin Gariguez received an honorary doctorate in humanities from Ateneo de Cagayan do Oro University on March 17 for his long battle against nickel mining in Mindoro.

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Kill for president

DAVAO (SE): In January last year, Filipinos applauded the call of Pope Francis for forgiveness, mercy and reconciliation during his visit to The Philippines.

This year, many of the same people are applauding the mayor of Davao City, Rodrigo Duterte, in his call for murder, blood and mayhem, as his bid for the presidency of the nation gathers popularity and momentum.

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A great statesman mourned

MANILA (UCAN): Community leaders, politicians and human rights advocates paid tribute to the former president of the Philippine Senate, Jovito Salonga, who died on March 10 at the age of 95, as an exemplar of principled politics anchored on Christian faith.

“His political career has a soul. His government service has a conscience. His life of witnessing is edifying,” Bishop Socrates Villegas, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of The Philippines, said.

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Will May 9 vote get off the ground?

MANILA (SE): The Supreme Court of The Philippines ruled on March 10 that voters at the May 9 presidential election must be issued with a computer generated receipt upon casting their ballot.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has flaunted this requirement of law in the previous two elections, even claiming that the issuing of a receipt could contribute to the age-old Philippine practice of vote buying and selling.

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There are the Rape of Nanking deniers and Bongbong Marcos

MANILA (SE): There are those who deny that the world is round and they are usually laughed out of town, but on a more serious level there are those who deny that the Rape of Nanking, which saw the mass extinction of hundreds and thousands of Chinese people, ever happened and their denial is regarded as willfully pernicious.

But maybe the greater tragedy is that there are also those who take them seriously.

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Women’s Day highlights all round raw deal

MANILA (UCAN): The desperation of unemployment and the modern form of worker exploitation—replacing regular employment with short-term contracts—or what has been dubbed contractualisation in The Philippines, was the main theme of Women’s Day on March 8, as thousands took to the streets demanding regular jobs and decent wages.

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Safety first or vote rigging?

MANILA (UCAN): A lot of suspicion surrounds a decision by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) not to issue a receipt to people when they vote at the coming May 9 presidential elections.

It is a requirement of the electoral procedure to issue a receipt upon voting, which the Comelec has ignored for the past two elections.

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