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Graduation Legacy: A House Bill requires all graduating students to plant 10 trees before graduation

Graduation Legacy: A House Bill requires all graduating students to plant 10 trees before graduation

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  • A bill requires students to plants trees as a prerequisite for graduation
  • Students are said to plant trees in many areas in their locations
  • Netizens also showed their support on social media for its implementation

Trees are important to the environment, especially in our current situation where we experience the effect of global warming. Our country’s industrial and infrastructure developments are continuously improving, and some of our trees had been cut down to build some buildings.

Recently, the House of Representatives has approved, on its third and final reading, a bill requiring students to plants trees as a prerequisite for graduation.

This House Bill is called “Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act.” House Bill 8728 aims to require all graduating students from elementary to college to plant at least 10 trees as a prerequisite for graduation.

Students are said to plant trees in any of the following areas: forest land, mangrove, and protected areas, ancestral domains, civil and military reservations, urban areas under the greening plan of the local government units, inactive and abandoned mine sites, and other suitable lands.

Students should also consider the location, climate, and topography of the area, with a preference for the planting of indigenous species of trees in choosing the appropriate plant to be planted.

The bill is authored by Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, along with Deputy Minority Leader Joseph Stephen Paduano, Reps. Strike Revilla (2nd District, Cavite), Noel Villanueva (3rd District, Tarlac), Mark Go (Lone District, Baguio City), and Pablo Ortega (1st District, La Union), among others.

Netizens also showed their support on social media for its implementation.

House Bill 8728 also mandates the different government agencies to take part, which includes the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education to implement the Act, in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Health, Department of Transportation and Communications, Department of National Defense, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Justice, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.

Before it will be submitted to the President to be signed into law, the Senate must pass its own version of the bill before chambers meet in a bicameral conference committee to ratify the legislation.

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Xian Gaza’s viral ‘catch-me-if-you-can’ stunt at airport is a ‘mockery for attention’ says Immigration bureau

Xian Gaza’s viral ‘catch-me-if-you-can’ stunt at airport is a ‘mockery for attention’ says Immigration bureau

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  • Alleged scammer Xian Gaza shared, on a now viral FB post, his supposed evasion from the police and fleeing the country by using ‘decoy’ flights
  • Bureau of Immigration slams Gaza’s actions and calls his story ‘preposterous’ and a ‘security risk’ in order to stay relevant
  • Gaza posted an apology video where he stated that it was not his intention to mar BI’s reputation and credibility

Xian Gaza, an alleged scammer who first came to the public’s attention by inviting actress Erich Gonzales on a date through a billboard signage, posted last April 7 on his Facebook account a tale of sneaking out of the country last year, despite having three warrants of arrest and being found guilty for using a bouncing check.

Through a series of photos, Gaza narrated how he prepared “decoy” flights booked for Singapore and Taipei, in order to bypass immigration, and successfully made it from the check-in counter of the terminal up to his plane seat bound for his set destination, Hong Kong.

In his now viral-post, which received over 17 thousand reactions and 29 thousand shares online, the incident happened on September 30, 2018 where Gaza waited for check-in counters to close before boarding his flight, risking being left behind by the aircraft.

He claimed passing through immigration officials after a confrontation, where he removed his face mask and showed his passport and boarding pass; the immigration officer told him that his name had “red flags” which referred to his warrants of arrest and execution of sentence.

A THREAD: "PAANO LUMABAS NG BANSANG PILIPINAS NG MAY TATLONG WARRANTS OF ARREST AT LIMANG TAONG SENTENSIYA"Warning:…

Posted by Xian S. Gaza on Saturday, April 6, 2019

Upon his insistence that there was no hold departure order issued against him, he boarded his flight but not before the immigration officer said she would immediately contact the Philippine National Police and airport police due to protocol.

Gaza claimed that he hid in the plane’s restroom to evade the airport police who searched for him.

“Last month, I made a very big decision sa buhay ko. Kailangan kong mamili kung tatanggapin ko ba ang conditional pardon deal kapalit ng serbisyo ko sa NBI Anti-Fraud Division for 5 years with watch list and hold departure order or simulan ko na ang citizenship application ko, with the help of my Singaporean boss, sa isang bansa sa Latin Americas at tuluyan ng iwan sa aking nakaraan ang bansang Pilipinas. I chose the latter. New identity, new citizenship, new passport, new life. Thank you for the 25 years of memories my dear beloved Philippines,” he said in the last photo of his post.

Gaza also made a follow-up story about what the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) could do over his alleged escape and in the comments sections he revealed a “plot twist” that he was only in Tondo, Manila.

So ganito ang mangyayari diyan ha, maglaan ka ng 5 minutes kung talagang interesado ka. Bukas eh tatawag ang DOJ sa BI…

Posted by Xian S. Gaza on Sunday, April 7, 2019

In a report by ABS-CBN News, the BI is studying a possible legal action against Gaza for supposedly peddling “fake news” about evading arrest and fleeing the country.

BI Spokesperson Dana Sandoval said in a statement, “His story sounds like it was taken straight out of an action movie. He said it so himself, his story is based on what happened, but sadly it’s not what actually happened.”

Sandoval explained that a person who has a hit in BI’s database, due to an existing Hold Departure Order or warrant of arrest will immediately be barred from flying out of the Philippines, but Gaza had none of it under his name.

Sasagutin ko na po once and for all isang bagsakan para matapos na. Tutal open book naman sa publiko ang buhay ko so…

Posted by Xian S. Gaza on Tuesday, April 9, 2019

“Since he had no derogatory record when he left, he was cleared for departure. It was quite uneventful and ordinary, really. No Hollywood-level storyline, just regular immigration clearance.”

The alleged conversation between Gaza and an immigration officer did not also happen, according to Sandoval.

“The story is preposterous, similar to other claims he made in the past. If you know regular airport procedures, his story sounds silly. Ang daming loopholes… Booking numerous flights will not help evade police. Everything is recorded in our systems, with one click you’ll know which flight a person really took,” she added.

Sandoval also claimed that Gaza’s viral post is a “cause for concern” saying “stunts like this using the Bureau to gain fame and stay relevant are a security risk. He is making a mockery of our airport procedures for attention.”

Gaza recently posted an apology video where he stated that it was not his intention to mar BI’s reputation and credibility. He hoped that he would not be given any sanction and punishment for his actions.

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Posted by Xian S. Gaza on Wednesday, April 10, 2019

In June 2018, Gaza was found guilty of violating the Anti-Bouncing Check Law and was sentenced with five and a half years of imprisonment by the Malabon Metropolitan Trial Court. He was released on bail a day later.

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Ramon Tulfo claims that Chinese workers are better than Filipino laborers

Ramon Tulfo claims that Chinese workers are better than Filipino laborers

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  • Special Envoy to China Ramon Tulfo Jr. defends influx of Chinese workers to PH
  • According to Tulfo, Chinese employees are better and more efficient than Filipino workers
  • Partido Manggagawa called out Tulfo to provide a study to back up his claims

Amid the influx of foreign workers in the country, Special Envoy to China Ramon “Mon” Tulfo Jr. supported the influx of Chinese laborers, even elevating them as “better” than their Filipino counterparts.

Speaking in CNN Philippines’ On The Record, Tulfo stated: “Alam mo bakit nila preferred, ‘yung mga developers, ‘yung mga Chinese workers? Masipag. ‘Yung mga Pinoy workers, mawalang galang na, ‘pag pupunta sa job site tsaka lang dun magpe-prepare ng kanilang tools, whereas ‘yung mga Chinese preparado na.”

Chinese workers get the job done faster than the Filipinos according to Tulfo as they do not talk when on the job. “‘Yung mga Pinoy they take time, they sweep time, pupunta sa CR, iinom ng tubig, iihi… May nagsabi pa nga sa akin, what takes Chinese workers eight months to finish a certain project, sila, ang mga Pinoy, isang taon,” he added.

The former broadcaster and newspaper columnist also pointed out that some contractors are even complaining that Filipino workers are noisy at work and slow. “Ang nalalaman ko umaangal ‘yung mga developer, ‘yung mga foreman inaamin nila na ‘yung mga Chinese workers kapag nagtatrabaho, trabaho. Itong mga Pinoy salita nang salita, maingay pa, tapos mabagal.”

As a response to this, Partido Manggagawa, which is a labor group and a political party, told Philstar.com in an online exchange that they want to challenge Tulfo to “provide a comparative measure of productivity or a time-and-motion study” to back up his claims.

Partido Manggagawa suggests that Tulfo “is just an apologist for Duterte’s pro-China policy and for Chinese interests.”

There has been a significant increase in the number of Chinese nationals flying to the country since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in 2016. The president had established stronger ties with the economy-giant, which provided funds and loans for several projects under the administration’s “build, build, build” program.

Bureau of Local Employment Director Dominique Tutay said from 2015 to 2018, there were 169,893 foreign nationals working in the country—about 51 percent of them are Chinese. Citing data from the Immigration Bureau, Tutay said in 2018 alone 185,000 foreign nationals were given special work permits by the agency, and 127,033 of the applicants for such permit were Chinese.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo explained back in January the reason of the influx, “We lack so many construction workers that is why many Chinese workers are being hired because there are no more Filipinos. Many Filipinos are unemployed and yet they lack the skill so we need to teach them.”

READ: Chinese versus Filipinos: Who work harder?

Tutay, however, disputed this saying that a large portion of Chinese workers in the country are employed in the gaming industry. Meanwhile, only half of the about 10,000 foreign nationals with alien employment permit under the construction sector are Chinese.

“Dumagasa po ang Chinese nationals when it comes to online gaming. Medyo mababa lang naman ang bilang ng Chinese nationals in the construction sector,” she said.

On the other hand, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said he “violently disagrees” with Tulfo’s statement on Filipino workers in a follow-up report on CNN Philippines.

Bello III claimed in a televised report, “He should know that the most sought after workers in the world are the Filipinos. You go anywhere, in any other country, and they always give preference to Filipinos because Filipinos are very industrious, very efficient and they are very good workers.”

Filipino workers VS Chinese workersFilipino workers are indeed harworking.. no doubt about it.. they will be seen all…

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He added that an inter-agency taskforce that includes the Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Justice, Department of Trade and Industry, Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Internal Revenue, and the Philippine Amusements and Gaming Corp. has already met to address the issue.

Still, for Tulfo, the inflow of Chinese workers will benefit the country in the long run. “Our country has become a good place to invest in. We’ve opened our doors to China kaya dumami sila… We have everything to gain, ang laki laki ng investments na dumadating,” said.

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Manny Castañeda slams Maria Ressa: “Sympathy card will not work here”

Manny Castañeda slams Maria Ressa: “Sympathy card will not work here”

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  • Director Manny Castañeda posted about Maria Ressa’s tax evasion case.
  • He pointed out that Ressa has “harassed” the government via Rappler.

Actor and director Manny Castañeda slammed Rappler Holdings CEO Maria Ressa, saying that she and her supporters are “quick to howl” whenever the law goes against them.

In a public facebook post dated December 4, he shared his sentiments and disappointment toward Ressa.

“Whereas, she enjoyed and applied to the hilt the freedom of expression provided in a democratic society when she relentlessly harassed government with her malicious tirades via Rappler and to this day continues to enjoy such freedom from a government she claims to be authoritarian.”

Castañeda mentioned the journalist’s recent controversy. Ressa is being accused of tax evasion filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

She has filed a joint counter-affidavit before the Department of Justice in response to the allegation.

“This claim, this charge, is absolutely false. I’ve called it ludicrous. I’ve called it ridiculous. I’ve said that it shows ill intent of intimidation and harassment or just plain incompetence.

“I appeal to their sense of upholding the Constitution and letting journalists do their jobs.”

Castañeda said that what Ressa has to do is to “follow the democratic process to prove her innocence.

Whenever the law does not go their way, Maria Ressa, together with her supporters, are quick to howl cliche catchphrase…

Posted by Manny Castaneda on Monday, December 3, 2018

He then added that the CEO has received money from a foreign donor to “discredit” and “consequently destabilize or even overthrow” the current administration.

“And let us not forget, Maria Ressa is also an American citizen. Her actions reveal where her loyalty truly lies.”

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Maria Ressa tags GRP owner a “minor minor blogger”

Maria Ressa tags GRP owner a “minor minor blogger”

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  • Maria Ressa slammed on Ilda Ignacio’s tweet.
  • The Rappler chief executive officer (CEO) called Ignacio a ‘minor blogger’ after saying that the information she stated was wrong.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has granted Rappler‘s Maria Ressa the 2018 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award on November 20.

But not everyone agrees that Ressa deserved that award. Get Real Philippines‘ owner, Ilda Ignacio, said that the Rappler journalist should have followed the law as soon as she registered the website.

“She violated the law on foreign media ownership and did not pay right taxes.”

She was talking about the Department of Justice indicating Rappler Holdings Corporation of tax evasion as when the site issued their Philippine Depository Receipts (PDRs), as “it gained close to P162.5 million from the transaction, which it failed to declare in its tax return.”

Ressa then slammed Ignacio, saying that the information she tweeted is false and proceeded to call her a “minor minor blogger”

Ignacio replied, calling Ressa an “elitist” and a “credentialist”. She added that the Rappler CEO thought that she’s a propagandist just because she has a different claim regarding the issue.

“I’m a minor minor blogger just because…I have no idea why she thinks I’m a minor minor blogger.” she said.

Netizens have also expressed their disappointment regarding Ressa’s tweet, mentioning her advocacy regarding citizen journalism.

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“Hindi naman pinagpaalam sa PAO iyan eh.” PAO Chief Acosta slams “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano”

“Hindi naman pinagpaalam sa PAO iyan eh.” PAO Chief Acosta slams “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano”

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  • PAO Chief Persida Acosta called out FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano for using official logos in the series.
  • She said that the show should’ve asked for permission as there is a law on the use of insignia.

The Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida Acosta hits the Kapamilya series FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano for supposedly using the agency’s logo without consent.

A few days ago, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Alabayalde has also called out the show for putting the national police in a bad light toward its viewers.

Acosta has talked about her complaints in and interview with DZIQ.

“Ginamit ‘yung logo, ‘yan ang sinasabi ni Senator Ping eh, ‘yung paggamit ng mga insignia, ‘yung mga logo. Hindi naman pinagpaalam sa PAO iyan eh.”

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The chief was referring to Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson‘s statement saying that the use of the police uniforms in the show is exactly similar to the real uniform of the PNP, which is a violation of the law.

Acosta added that they should’ve asked for permission to use the logo as there is a law on the use of insignia.

“Dapat ho pinagpaalam man lang ho iyon (use of logo) dahil may batas sa use of insignia.”

Acosta has been a part of several controversies in the past.

During the Dengvaxia vaccine issue, she has stated that President Rodrigo Duterte wanted her to file murder complaints in connection with the deaths allegedly caused by the vaccine.

She has also dared Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to resign in connection with the same controversy.

PAO is an agency of the Department of Justice which is set to provide free legal assistance and indigent sector access to counsel at the time of need.

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DOJ Secretary claims Intel reports are not fake news

DOJ Secretary claims Intel reports are not fake news

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  • Justice Secretary Aguirre claims intel reports are not fake news
  • Although proven wrong, Vitaliano Aguirre stands with intel reports

Uhmm, although it was proven false?

Wrong but not fake?

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre sticks to his claims that a ‘photo tagging opposition senators in the Marawi crisis’ is not a fake news. In a report by CNN Philippines, Aguirre said that the information came from an intelligence report.

“Intelligence reports are news, not fake news,” Aguirre firmly stands even they were proven wrong.

He even accused the media of not including the fact that the information he was presenting was ‘subject to verification’. “The reporters are the ones not fair to me. They did injustice to me,” Aguirre slams the media.

“I told them that this is a raw intelligence report. I told them this is subject to verification, investigation. They never reported that,” he added.

Screenshot from “TV Patrol”

It can be recalled that in June, Aguirre presented a controversial photo of opposition lawmakers including Trillanes and Bam Aquino with Maranao families two weeks before the siege broke out in May. It was later found out that the photo came from a Facebook post of Zamboanga Vice Governor Ace Cerilles in 2015. Shocking enough, Aquino was never in the picture. Aguirre then faced boiling waters after the hasty accusations.

What do you think guys? Share us your thoughts.

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‘Oplan: Digmaang Droga’ exposes religious group as part of the corruption in New Bilibid Prison

‘Oplan: Digmaang Droga’ exposes religious group as part of the corruption in New Bilibid Prison

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In a media briefing on July 29, Friday, for Oplan: Digmaang Droga, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II tagged a religious group for its involvement in drug and prostitution operations inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Religious Group tagged in drugs and prostitution

Oplan: Digmaang Droga (OPLAN: Drug War) is the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) ongoing campaign to put an end to the illegal drug trade inside the state penitentiary.

“I received information that some religious personnel preaching inside Bilibid are conduits of illegal drugs and prostitution… Apparently this is a bonafide religious group,” Aguirre said.

According to the DOJ Secretary, he received an intelligence report on the suspicious activity of the religious group.

“An NGO (non-government organization) and three well-meaning prison guards came to see me to share the information,” Aguirre elaborated.

Acting on the said intel, Aguirre imposed a temporary suspension of preaching and other religious activities inside the NBP. This will eventually be lifted once the situation normalizes and proper actions are taken by the authorities.

A fact-finding committee was also formed to investigate former officials in the department who reportedly earned millions in drug money coming from high-profile inmates at the New Bilibid Prison and who are allegedly involved in corruption of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) funds.

Umabot talaga sa DOJ — mataas (It has really reached the DOJ, the corruption has reached the top ). I don’t want to name names but we are going to come up with the results of the investigation. Nakita naman ninyo lahat kung gaano kaluwag ang treatment natin sa high-profile inmates (You have seen how loosely they manage high-profile inmates). Parang sila ang bida dun, sila talaga ang nagmamando kung ano ang nangyayari dun (They are like the heroes there, they are the ones mandating how things should go there.),”Aguirre stated.

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Senior Citizen Bravely Stands Alone in front of DOJ to Support Leila De Lima

Senior Citizen Bravely Stands Alone in front of DOJ to Support Leila De Lima

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After Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) members held a massive protest against Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila de Lima from August 27 to 31, 2015 from Padre Faura to EDSA, a senior citizen by the name of Jose Kwe bravely stood alone in front of DOJ holding a handwritten placard to support De Lima.

Kwe, who is a 67-year-old construction engineer, expressed his support for De Lima by writing his opinion in a white cartolina which stated:

“H’wag kang matakot Sec. Leila Dilemma. Di tulad ni Poncio Pilato h’wag mong isuko si Samson sa mga bagong pariseo at sa mga bulag na tagasunod.

Keep up the good work! You are not violating the constitution. Sila ang nanghihimasok sa gawain ng DOJ. Gusto nilang ipakita na kaya nilang diktahan ang gobyerno natin. Kaya tameme ang mga politikong trapo na ipatupad ang kaayusan kasi mag eeleksyon na.

“30 pieces of silver”. Mukhang may maghu-Hudas  na ikompromiso ang hustisya.”

(Don’t be afraid Secretary Leila De Lima. Unlike Pontius Pilate, do not surrender Samson to the modern Pharisees and their blind followers.

Keep up the good work! You are not violating the constitution. They are the ones meddling with the duty of the DOJ. They want to show the public that they can dictate to our government. That’s why the traditional politicians are mum and refuse to enforce peace because of the upcoming elections.

“30 pieces of silver.” It seems that there will be another Judas who will compromise justice.)

Kwe also said in an interview in Inquirer that no one can stop him from expressing his views.

“I want her to know that there are people who believe in her. That is illegal detention, same as the case filed by Benhur Luy and Jun Lozada. Samson is also a whistleblower. The only difference is it was against a Church,” Kwe stated.

In a previous report by The Dailypedia, Edwil Zabala, INC’s spokesperson said the protest against De Lima was prompted by the DOJ Secretary’s meddling with the case of an expelled INC minister Isaias Samson Jr., who filed illegal detention charges against INC leaders. Thousands of INC members protested in different cities all over the country, which has caused heavy traffic on EDSA and in other major cities.

On a final note, the Malacanang has revealed in a report that there was no agreement between INC and the government, but they were able to have talks clarify issues and concerns about the protests.

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Blogger disappointed in Poe’s stance on INC

Blogger disappointed in Poe’s stance on INC

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Blogger Inday Espina-Varona of ABS-CBN News expressed her views regarding the protest rally of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) members and Senator Grace Poe.

With elections coming up in 2016, candidates have shown different reactions to the INC’s actions regarding the government’s probe on the allegations of abduction and grave threats to families of former ministers. Vice President Jejomar Binay, for example, defended INC amidst all the controversies surrounding it.

As Varon said, “An internal leadership squabble is nobody’s business. But the tactics used in the struggle—including abduction and holding entire families hostage—is our business.”

Regardless of religion, these are human rights violations.

Varona expressed her dismay at Poe’s reaction to the issue. Poe had released a statement saying that the Mamasapano encounter is too important to give notice to other issues. While in San Jose, Nueva Ecija, Poe said members of the INC have a right to defend their religion and beliefs which the government must respect. She also said that the Department of Justice, which is now handling charges of illegal detention against some INC leaders, should focus on other important cases, such as the deaths of 44 elite cops in the Mamasapano encounter last January.

As Varona had put it, “in this country ‘priorities’ are always used as an excuse to let friends go scot-free.” By this logic, “less important” issues are left on the back burner and are eventually forgotten.

Varona’s statement did not, however, belittle the Mamasapano encounter. There is no about that it is an important issue to resolve. “Hammer on the need to file charges against those involved in Mamasapano,” said Varona. “But do not sweep aside serious charges of rights violations against the INC leadership.”

Many politicians are seemingly playing it safe since the issue between church and state it a very sensitive one. Nonetheless, officials must still take a stand against human rights violations regardless of who is involved nor what religion they are part of.

Banner photo credit: INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA

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