September 22, 2014     Philippines
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Saturday, May 24th, 2014

‘We shall defend our land, we shall never surrender’

“Land is our life. Water springs from here and we live here.” These are the statements of several Datu of the indigenous group Manobo, led by Datu Guibang, who has become a local legend. They declared it to us journalists in the hinterlands of Talaingod, Davao del Norte on May 14 as they call on

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Blacksand mining still ravages Ilocos Sur

Defend Ilocos Against Mining Plunder (Defend Ilocos) criticized the national government for its incompetence in putting an end to magnetite mining in the region.

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

‘Unemployment is a problem government has to pull by the roots’ – job applicants

"No matter how much you trim the statistics of the unemployed, if you don't grab the problem by its roots, it will still sprout." -- A college grad last year who hopes to find a job

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

‘Job fairs no panacea for joblessness’

“Even if I have already passed the board exam, it's not an assurance that I could land a job immediately.” -- A graduate of engineering

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Police faces blank wall on Ifugao activist slay

“Why should they put the burden of shedding light to the killing on the office mates and relatives of the victim? It is the police’s job to find evidence that would lead to the arrest and...

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Displaced Ata-Manobo children decry military harassment

Army spokesman Capt. Ernest Carolina claims residents were 'tricked' into believing promises of the NPAs.

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Families pin soldiers on death, disappearance of miners in Comval

The families sought help from human rights group Karapatan after saying authorities failed to act on them.

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Duterte, Bello to gov’t: honor JASIG

Duterte: The government should honor what we have committed to the people and to the CPP (Communist Party of the Philippines).

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Amid climate change concerns, Aboitiz’s new coal-fired plant in Mindanao set to double capacity

'There is no such thing as clean coal, coal is still coal.'

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Martial law victim scarred for life

By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL Northern Dispatch BAGUIO CITY — Almost three decades after suffering from heavy torture in the hands of state military forces, Ramon Dammay is still in pain. Ramon, now in his early 50s, was among...

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Isabela farmer abducted

By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL? Northern Dispatch LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — A farmer from Roxas, Isabela was abducted by armed men who introduced themselves as agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) along the highway at the boundary...

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