By Vicente S. Labro
As the people were getting ready to dance on the eve of the fiesta celebration in Hinabangan town in Samar province, a single gunshot rang out and hit the guest of honor, Mayor Reynaldo Uy of Calbayog City. Not even Uy’s bullet-proof vest and a bunch of bodyguards could save him.
Police in the Ilocos region are sending more men to Ilocos Norte and La Union to secure these areas following recent killings of candidates there in the May elections.
By J.B. Deveza
WHEN broadcaster James Licuanan was shot and seriously wounded a day after journalists nationwide commemorated the second anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre last year, Licuanan, or his assailants, wouldn’t have known that the case would validate what many in media have been saying all along—the culture of impunity lingers.
The Commission on Human Rights says it will investigate a report by the military that it exhumed a mass grave of at least 30 suspected victims of a communist rebel purge in the 1980s.
By Kristine L. Alave
The last two years have been deadly for government forestry workers and environmental advocates.
Malacañang on Wednesday stood by the Aquino administration’s human rights record, saying the government has been going after human rights violators.
President Benigno Aquino should move to stop the killings of anti-mining activists as the Philippines pushes to revitalize the mining sector, a global rights body has said.
Jessiedel Manalo, 11, and her cousin John Larry Mendoza, 8, braved the strong rain on Saturday morning to gather scrap metal in the hope of earning a few pesos for their school allowance.
By Norman V. Mendoza
Police yesterday said a third suspect was identified in Thursday dawns ’murder of a mother in her home in barangay Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City.
Chief Insp. Conrado Manatad, police precinct 2 chief, said Deo Malingin, brother of Demetrio and Jay Malingin was spotted at a distance where the shooting took place.
A man who was reportedly drunk persisted on going back to his burning home to retrieve some money before dawn Monday in Quezon City. He never got out of it again. Firefighters recovered the charred remains of Allan Billones, 35, from a room of a three-storey house on 139 Halcon St. in La Loma. The hourlong blaze began at the same house owned by a certain Maria Luisa Retulla. Investigator Fire Officer 2 Sherwin Peñafiel said the fire started at 1:38 a.m. from the second-floor room that Billones rented. The cause of the fire was still not known as of press time. Peñafiel said Billones, who reportedly had a few drinks, fled his unit as the blaze started to spread. But the victim insisted on going back to the burning house to retrieve his money. The fire damaged five other houses before it was put out at around 2:50 a.m.—Julie M. Aurelio
A state official says that 23 people have been killed in an explosion of drug-cartel violence in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, with the killers hanging nine of the bodies from a bridge and leaving 14 decapitated bodies in an abandoned vehicle.
A MAN was arrested for allegedly raping his 14-year-old daughter in their home in Madridejos town, northern Cebu.
By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
A man believed to be mentally disturbed killed five of his relatives and wounded another in a hacking frenzy in the municipality of Numancia in Aklan early Saturday morning, police said.