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VFA didn’t kill Jennifer Laude – DFA

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Amid calls for the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) maintained that the accord has served the “national interest” of the country. “I think the VFA has served the national […]
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Akbayan Rep. Bello files joint resolution seeking to terminate VFA

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Akbayan party-list Rep. Walden Bello on Monday filed a joint resolution calling for the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, claiming the US is using the treaty to evade accountability for the […]
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Aquino urged: Certify as urgent resolution to extend application for HR violations claims

MANILA (Mabuhay) – An alliance of human rights groups on Friday urged President Benigno Aquino III to immediately act and certify as urgent a joint resolution seeking to extend the deadline for the filing of claims of Martial Law victims. […]
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PHL lawmaker says sustaining HK protests a challenge

MANILA (Mabuhay) – With the crowd starting to dwindle in Hong Kong’s Mong Kok area amid fears of a police crackdown, Akbayan party-list Rep. Walden Bello on Sunday challenged protesters to develop a strategy to ensure the sustainability of the […]
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Akbayan wants inciting to sedition struck off penal code

MANILA (Mabuhay) – To strengthen the right to freedom of expression, lawmakers of Akabayan party-list have proposed the deletion of Article 142 of the Revised Penal Code, which penalizes inciting to sedition. “This is an outdated penal provision which was […]
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Aquino won’t sack Abad, De los Reyes – Palace

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Amid calls for President Benigno Aquino III to sack Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad and Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes, Malacañang on Tuesday reminded the public that the President has already previously addressed the issu...
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EDCA useless, won’t protect PH territory — Bello

MANILA (Mabuhay) -– A Philippine lawmaker believes the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) won’t provide any protection for Philippine territories in the West Philippine Sea as seen by China’s construction work at the Mabini Reef. Akbayan representative...
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House passes Balanced Housing Bill to clear housing backlog

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Balanced Housing Bill gains support at the House of Representatives as it passes on 3rd and final reading, aims at tightening compliance among developers to allot a portion of socialized housing from each of their housing projects, […]
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DOLE chief: Govt not ‘renting out’ OFWs

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz clarified on Monday that the government does not plan on signing any agreement that will in effect “rent out” overseas Filipino workers (OFW). “I think the word rent is not the appropriate term. […]
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Reps. Bello, Bag-ao, Belmonte, Gutierrez file ambitious bill seeking to end hunger

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Can hunger be completely eradicated in the Philippines? Four lawmakers think so, especially if more land is allocated to producing more food. On Monday, Representatives Ibarra Gutierrez, Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao, Jose Christopher Belmonte and Walden Bello filed...
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