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Davao Chamber, Japanese biz execs eye direct Davao-Tokyo flights

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 January) – Direct flights between this city and Tokyo, Japan are in the works, an official of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) said. Arturo Milan, new president of DCCCII, told reporters on Wednesday that chamber representatives had met with four Japanese executives engaged in the […].....»»

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Davao City government urged to use e-vehicles

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 January) – The city council has been urged to pass a measure encouraging local government agencies to use e-vehicles to keep carbon emissions down. Ruth M. Tawantawan, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 11 director said that electric vehicles must be the “future of transport” here due to its […].....»»

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Bukidnon 2018: Public Outlook Series: ‘Strengthen green governance in Bukidnon’

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 18 January) – Strengthening environmental governance, including revisiting of the 2008 Bukidnon Declaration on the Environment and a review on the province’s environment code, is among the expectations expressed by stakeholders in their response to the Bukidnon 2018: Public Outlook Series initiative. Ms. Marie Angeli C. Abendaño, faculty member of the […].....»»

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NPA attacks on banana plantations in Davao worry biz sector

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 January) – The city’s business sector expressed alarm over the attacks launched by the New People’s Army (NPA) against banana firms in Barangay Tamayong, Calinan District on January 13. Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Arturo Milan said the security situation remains a concern, citing the recent attack […].....»»

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Dureza says Duterte “ready to carve out area for Bangsamoro self rule” via EO

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 January) — President Rodrigo Duterte has reiterated he would push for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and “will even go to the extent of resorting to an executive issuance to hasten it or if Congress itself fails to approve it,” Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus […].....»»

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Bangsamoro in federal system: not template but more of exception

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 January) —  The future Bangsamoro state cannot be the template when the country shifts to a federal system of government because “that is more exception than the rule” but it can be treated asymmetrically, retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno said at hearing Wednesday of the Senate Committee on […].....»»

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NUJP STATEMENT: “Responsible exercise” of freedom of speech, expression and the press enshrines prior restraint

January 16, 2018 The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines firmly opposes the proposal of the House Sub-Committee on Constitutional Amendments to change Article III, Sec 4 of the 1987 Constitution to read: “No law shall be passed abridging the ‘responsible exercise’ of freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the […].....»»

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Davao to sign sisterhood agreement with Honolulu

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 January) – Officials of the city government of Davao will sign a sisterhood agreement with Honolulu, Hawaii next month, an official of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) said. Newly-elected DCCCII president Arturo Milan told reporters on Wednesday that representatives from the city government and the […].....»»

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Bukidnon placed under state of calamity

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 17 January) – The Provincial Board of Bukidnon on Tuesday declared a state of calamity covering the entire province over the devastation brought by tropical storm “Vinta,” estimated at P583.96 million. The board adopted the resolution passed by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) on January 8 recommending […].....»»

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Nene Pimentel: “we must never allow any super majority to trample on our rights to speak out”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 January) — The founder of the PDP-Laban — the political party that boasts of a “super majority” in the House of Representatives — on Wednesday urged the public “never to allow any super majority to trample on our rights to speak out” as he reiterated his opposition to a no-election scenario in […].....»»

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PEACETALK: The need to consolidate a Council of Religious Elders of Muslims in the Philippines

(Yusuf Roque Morales is a Commissioner at the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos) The Philippines is a multicultural country, primarily bound by ties of language, tribe and culture. As a young nation beset by conflict and internecine violence, these are the primary sources of unity among communities and after the Marcos era, where an attempt […].....»»

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COMMENTARY: Guided by the language of the Constitution

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews /17 Jan) — The default mode of journalism is to be objective, to be neutral, to be critical. When news items go unfavorably against a current system, media practitioners must not be vilified nor should they be praised either when they report positive things about a sitting government, rather, they are to […].....»»

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Duterte on ‘Comfort Women’ monument: it’s freedom of expression

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 January) — President Rodrigo Duterte acknowledges Japan as the largest contributor of aid to the Philippines and thanked it again during Monday’s turnover here of Japan’s donation of 26 units of Mitsubishi Montero to the Philippine National Police (PNP) for use as patrol cars. But on the issue of the […].....»»

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CENTERLAW STATEMENT on SEC’s move to shut down Rappler

The alleged failure of Rappler to comply with constitutional restrictions on foreign ownership of Philippine media entities aside, the SEC’s decision is tantamount to prior restraint, and therefore comes with the heavy presumption of unconstitutionality. The same constitution that prescribes restrictions on ownership of Philippine mass media is also the very constitution that has placed […].....»»

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PCIJ STATEMENT: Stand by Rappler, stay tuned    

HARSH and with horrifying implications on the full and untrammeled exercise of press freedom. That is the least that could be said of the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) en banc to revoke the certificate of incorporation of Rappler, a digital media company with a creditable record of independent reportage and social engagement on […].....»»

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Shift to federalism proposal: no elections in 2019

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 January) — Incumbent representatives and senators will have their terms extended until 2022 as members of the Interim Parliament during the transition period to a federal system of government,  according to the proposal presented during the hearing of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments on Tuesday Also on Tuesday, the […].....»»

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TO THE POINT: Foreign Junkets and Lavish Parties Patricio P. Diaz

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 16 January) — Through an executive order, President Duterte has banned foreign travels of officials in the executive branch of the government without his personal authority. Abused, these foreign travels are junkets he considers a form of corruption. We like that.  People will like that. All forms of corruption must […].....»»

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New police cars

Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda (2nd from L) turns over 26 Mitsubishi Montero units as police patrol cars to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (3rd from L) and Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald Dela Rosa as Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte (R) and Davao Region Police Chief Manuel Gaerlan (2nd from Right) look […].....»»

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BBL versions: House and Senate

HB 092. Filed on 30 June 2016 by Rep. Bai Sandra Sema of Maguindanao, Deputy Speaker for Mindanao HB 6121. Filed on 03 August 2017 by Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Pampanga HB 6263. Filed on 24 August 2017 Rep. Mohamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo, Lanao del Norte HB 6475. Filed reportedly on 27 September 2017 by Reps. […].....»»

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TURNING POINT: Tightening the Grips

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 16 January) — The destabilization scare was mongered around for some time, but was becoming more intense in the advent of the P6.4B shabu conundrum that implicates some members of the family of the tenant of the Palace. Then the imposition of Martial Law in Mindanao was extended because the […].....»»

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