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In South Cotabato, a template for small-scale mining

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Regulated small-scale mining has worked two ways for South Cotabato province and the miners: While they contribute to the local government coffers through taxes, the government helps ensure safety in the mining area and promote scientific technology to sustain industry income, says Seigfred Flaviano, designated head of the provincial environment and management office.

Posted: December 8th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

A template for small-scale mines

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A MINER emerges from a tunnel in T’boli, South Cotabato province. Jeoffrey Maitem

Except for a few mine workers carrying bags of ore out of the dark, muddy tunnel, the mouth of the Minahang Bayan in Barangay Kematu looks deserted and empty late morning of a weekday. But village chair Mansueto de la Peña says it is only because close to 200 workers are already beneath the portal in a nebulous network of tunnels.

Posted: December 7th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Maguindanao massacre anniversary: Aquino reminded of poll promise

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Journalists carry torches and display placards bearing the photos of victims of the massacre of 58 people, 32 of them journalists, as they march towards the Justice Department in Manila Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 ahead of Sunday's 5th year commemoration of the massacre in Maguindanao, Southern Philippines. The journalists lamented the slow pace of the trial of the Ampatuan clan, the prime suspects in the massacre as well as 196 others accused in the carnage. The massacre of 58 people is the country's worst election violence. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Jergi Malabanan, daughter of Gina dela Cruz, one of the 58 killed in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, was fidgety as her turn to take the stage on Saturday night was nearing.

Posted: November 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Follow killer backhoe to keep case moving

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Maguindanao massacre, Ampatuan Trial, Election Violence, Impunity, Media Killings, Philippine History, Rowena Paraan, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, NUJP, Andal Ampatuan Sr., “Province of Maguindanao”

Its rust-red boom neatly folded, the yellow backhoe that crunched the vehicles and bodies of 58 people, most of them media workers, in what is now called the Maguindanao massacre stands idle in the evidence yard of a police compound here.

Posted: November 23rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Cash rewards for tipsters in Enzo Pastor slay case came from private donors – Duterte

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Mayor Rodrigo Duterte explained that the reward money given to the tipsters, who informed police on the whereabouts of the alleged killers of car racer Ferdinand “Enzo” Pastor, came from the same private donors who previously raised the amount for the arrest of alleged carjacker Ryan Yu, also known as Baktin (piglet).

Posted: November 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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