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Chance for migrant workers to make a future at home

HONG KONG (SE): The youngest senator in the Philippine congress, Benigno (Bam) Aquino, was in Hong Kong on November 22 to talk up a bill he authored, dubbed Go Negosyo (Go Business), that was passed into law in July last year.

Aquino described the bill as being designed to ignite fresh sparks in the overall development of the Philippine economy, especially outside of the big cities.

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Aquino blocks Australian off-load

MANILA (UCAN): “There is no agreement,” the president of The Philippines, Noynoy Aquino, told the Foreign Correspondent’s Club in Manila on October 27 in regard to an offer of AUD150 million ($825 million) to resettle permanently refugees and asylum seekers currently in Australian cold storage on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and the tiny island state of Nauru.

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Get military off indigenous land

MANILA (SE): In the wake of a series of murders and executions of leaders of tribal communities in the southern island of Mindanao in The Philippines by the military and military created paramilitary forces, Luis Cardinal Tagle has called for the creation of peace zones on land belonging to indigenous peoples.

The cardinal wants a complete withdrawal of all government forces, as well as the forces of the Communist New People’s Army.

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