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Review aid to judges too–Pimentel

Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III

After voiding the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), the Supreme Court justices should take a look at the possible cross-border assistance by local officials to judges, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III said.

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

‘Business as usual’ for QC prosecutor Raul Desembrana hit

THE ARRESTED Raul Desembrana (left) is brought to the NBI headquarters following the entrapment operation in Quezon City on Friday.

A lawyers’ group has asked the Office of the Ombudsman to suspend a Quezon City assistant prosecutor who recently posted bail in connection with a bribery complaint.

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

Unknown man behind PH immortal yuletide music ‘Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit’ is 98

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PIANOMAN The music never stops for Pepe Cenizal. LEO M. SABANGAN II

When “Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit (Christimas Is Here)”—that exuberant tune so expressive of the spirit of Christmas that is as familiar to Filipinos as the national anthem—begins to be heard over the radio in September, you know that the long Christmas season for which the Philippines is known has begun.

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

State of the Maguindanao massacre trial exposes weaknesses in judicial system

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Catholic priests bless markers where 58 people were killed at the massacre site in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province, in southern island of Mindanao on November 21, 2014, ahead of the fifth anniversary of the worst political massacre of the country.  Five years after 58 people were killed in the Philippines' worst political massacre, anger among victims' relatives is building, with no one yet convicted and the alleged masterminds still enjoying power. AFP PHOTO/Mark Navales

Five years after the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, the trial of the suspected killers has made private prosecutor Gilbert Andres realize the systematic weaknesses of the Philippine judicial system.

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

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