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Maternal concerns: A look into the urban complexities of pregnancy and healthcare for women

Maternal concerns: A look into the urban complexities of pregnancy and healthcare for women

Pregnancy and all its implications can all together be difficult to bear by women who live in varying social and economic conditions. To some it's a joy; to others, it's a result ...

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[SPECIAL REPORT]  The women in the Bangsamoro peace process: history, herstory

[SPECIAL REPORT] The women in the Bangsamoro peace process: history, herstory

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/28 January)  —  When the history of the peace process between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Bangsamoro is written, the story of the women who hel ...

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Money politics and the May 2013 elections ‘High rollers’ rule Senate donors, give P795-M in campaign funds (Last of Three Parts)

Money politics and the May 2013 elections ‘High rollers’ rule Senate donors, give P795-M in campaign funds (Last of Three Parts)

WHILE MOST of the tycoons who bankrolled candidates and political parties in the 2010 Presidential elections were curiously absent, the 2013 midterm elections still had high-rolle ...

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Money politics & the May 2013 elections: Poll laws in limbo: Firms can’t donate but owners bankroll bets (Second of three parts)

Money politics & the May 2013 elections: Poll laws in limbo: Firms can’t donate but owners bankroll bets (Second of three parts)

LAWYERS ARE taught early on to make the distinction between companies and their officers and shareholders. But Rona Ann Caritos, acting Executive Director of the lawyers’ election ...

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Money politics & the May 2013 elections:  Top execs of barred firms funded Senate bets, parties

Money politics & the May 2013 elections: Top execs of barred firms funded Senate bets, parties

First of Three Parts IN THEORY, elections are supposed to be the great leveler or equalizer of democracy. The vote of any ordinary man scraping a living off the streets is suppose ...

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SPECIAL REPORT: Moratorium on fish cage operations sought to save Lake Sebu from dying

SPECIAL REPORT: Moratorium on fish cage operations sought to save Lake Sebu from dying

LAKE SEBU, South Cotabato (MindaNews/10 March) --  A paradise lost. Seventy-five year old Sindoy Cuyan recalls how as a young T’boli girl, swimming in Lake Sebu was “pure fun,” it ...

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SPECIAL REPORT: 306 fisherfolk still missing; A city in quiet grief

SPECIAL REPORT: 306 fisherfolk still missing; A city in quiet grief

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 December) - Typhoon Pablo may have spared residents here from its wrath and fury when it swatted across large areas in eastern Mindanao. But the ...

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The Tampakan Project: battle over Southeast Asia’s largest copper-gold deposit (2)

The Tampakan Project: battle over Southeast Asia’s largest copper-gold deposit (2)

Last of two parts TAMPAKAN, South Cotabato (MindaNews/12 Nov) —Potentially the largest foreign direct investment in the Philippines, the $5.9 billion Tampakan mining project faces ...

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SPECIAL REPORT:  The Tampakan project: battle over Southeast Asia’s largest copper-gold reserve (1)

SPECIAL REPORT: The Tampakan project: battle over Southeast Asia’s largest copper-gold reserve (1)

1st of two parts TAMPAKAN, South Cotabato (MindaNews/11 Nov) -- How huge is the proposed open pit mine that will gouge out a mountain here to extract 17.9 million ounces of gold d ...

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE FORESTS GONE? (3): Illegal logging intensifies in Surigao Sur despite total log ban

WHERE HAVE ALL THE FORESTS GONE? (3): Illegal logging intensifies in Surigao Sur despite total log ban

CARMEN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/19 September) – Fr. Raymond Ambray, spokesperson of Caraga Watch, an environment watchdog composed of various churches and sectoral groups, said ...

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE FORESTS GONE? Illegal logging intensifies in Surigao Sur despite total log ban

WHERE HAVE ALL THE FORESTS GONE? Illegal logging intensifies in Surigao Sur despite total log ban

CARMEN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/17 September) -- The Aquino administration’s total log ban is endangering, instead of protecting, the remaining forest cover in the six towns of ...

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10 years of US military presence (2): Post-blast investigations and trainings on high-tech weapons

10 years of US military presence (2): Post-blast investigations and trainings on high-tech weapons

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 July) – It was not the first time American soldiers were seen taking part in actual security activities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines or ...

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10 years of US military presence (2): A trail of abuses, a string of humanitarian services

10 years of US military presence (2): A trail of abuses, a string of humanitarian services

2nd of three parts GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 July) – A trail of abuses on the one hand, and on the other, a string of humanitarian services such as the medical civic actio ...

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Coast Watch Stations a major feature in recently concluded CARAT 2012

Coast Watch Stations a major feature in recently concluded CARAT 2012

MAASIM, Sarangani (MindaNews/16 July) -- From afar, the steel facility looks like a cellular phone tower but it is not. It is called the Coast Watch Station (CWS), a facility that ...

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A DECADE OF US TROOPS IN MINDANAO: Revisiting the Visiting Forces Agreement

A DECADE OF US TROOPS IN MINDANAO: Revisiting the Visiting Forces Agreement

Among the first to file petitions before the Supreme Court questioning the constitutionality of the VFA were the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, the Philippine Constitution Associatio ...

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A DECADE OF US TROOPS IN MINDANAO: Revisiting the Visiting Forces Agreement (2)

A DECADE OF US TROOPS IN MINDANAO: Revisiting the Visiting Forces Agreement (2)

2nd of three parts Singapore solution On 13 September 1991, the Philippine Senate, voting 12-11, rejected the renewal of the Military Bases Agreement. Nationalists called it a mos ...

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A DECADE OF US TROOPS IN MINDANAO: Revisiting the Visiting Forces Agreement

A DECADE OF US TROOPS IN MINDANAO: Revisiting the Visiting Forces Agreement

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/23 April) – In October 2010, President Benigno S. Aquino III declared he would seek a review of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United Stat ...

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SALN: Great filers, big barriers

SALN: Great filers, big barriers

AMID the rampant misdeclaration or underdeclaration of their Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) by senior public officials lies a prettier, often overlooked, ...

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SALN: Good law, bad results

SALN: Good law, bad results

WHATEVER THE outcome of the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato C. Corona, a once-ignored piece of document seems to be getting the attention it deserves at la ...

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A House of secrets By Karol Ilagan

A House of secrets By Karol Ilagan

A House of secrets By Karol Ilagan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism SINCE the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato C. Corona began two months ago, members of th ...

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SIDEBAR: PCIJ’s Request Log

SIDEBAR: PCIJ’s Request Log

BELOW is an account of PCIJ’s recent correspondences with Office of the Secretary-General, Legal Affairs Department, and the Records Management Service of the House of Representat ...

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Domestic abuse fueled suspicions of foul play

Domestic abuse fueled suspicions of foul play

Women’s rights and migrant advocates in South Korea say complaints of domestic abuse are not uncommon here, and the story of Cathy Deocades is no exception. ...

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An Asian tragedy called Cathy

An Asian tragedy called Cathy

GONGJU, South Korea – Two and a half hours south of Seoul by land lies the farming village of Tapgok-ri, a remote part of the city of Gongju. Here, in the middle of nowhere, is wh ...

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The Philippine tuna industry crisis: Another look (3)

The Philippine tuna industry crisis: Another look (3)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 Feb) -- With the Philippine seas south of Mindanao already over fished, local tuna producers have looked beyond the country’s fishing grounds for ...

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The Philippine tuna industry crisis: Another look (2)

The Philippine tuna industry crisis: Another look (2)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/05 February) -- The two-year ban has impacted the volume of landing of tuna at the General Santos City fishing port complex. ...

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The Philippine tuna industry in crisis: Another look

The Philippine tuna industry in crisis: Another look

Cracks are beginning to appear in one of Mindanao’s premier foreign currency earning industries as the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission gears up for its critical m ...

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SPECIAL REPORT: Mindanao floods: Unprepared for the worst (2)

SPECIAL REPORT: Mindanao floods: Unprepared for the worst (2)

Last of two parts MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/31 December) – Weather bureau PAGASA issued storm signal number 2 for “Sendong”. In the Philippines, however, most people only become ...

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Agrarian reform beneficiaries reenter contested ranch in Maramag

Agrarian reform beneficiaries reenter contested ranch in Maramag

MARAMAG, Bukidnon (MindaNews/03 December) – Gonzalo Pinuti held his hammer tight as he detached the barbed wire from a fence of a former cattle ranch amid the blistering heat of t ...

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Ampatuans tried to secure amnesty for cache of guns

Ampatuans tried to secure amnesty for cache of guns

JUST A few weeks after the Nov. 23, 2009 Maguindanao Massacre, where 58 people including 32 journalists were executed in a remote barangay in Ampatuan town, officials of the Firea ...

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SPECIAL REPORT (3): Transitioning from revolutionary group to governance team

SPECIAL REPORT (3): Transitioning from revolutionary group to governance team

COTABAO CITY (MindaNews/09 November) – Months before the hysteria over the P5-million fund for the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI), lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, ...

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SPECIAL REPORT (2): P5 million for peace, P14 billion in 15 months for AFP modernization

SPECIAL REPORT (2): P5 million for peace, P14 billion in 15 months for AFP modernization

COTABAO CITY (Mindanews/08 November)  -- Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin may not have intended the contrast but after a soldier asked about the P5 million fund for the Bangsamor ...

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SPECIAL REPORT (1); What’s the fuss over a P5-M investment for peace?

SPECIAL REPORT (1); What’s the fuss over a P5-M investment for peace?

A P5 million check the Philippine government gave the Moro Islamic Liberation Front for the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) in August became headline news tw ...

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The Bangsamoro Dream (4): What’s wrong with the ARMM structure?

The Bangsamoro Dream (4): What’s wrong with the ARMM structure?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/10 September) – “Learn lessons from our mistakes,” Parouk Hussin, the Foreign Affairs chief of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) who became the se ...

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The Bangsamoro Dream (3): 21 years of ARMM, 32 years of autonomy experimentation

The Bangsamoro Dream (3): 21 years of ARMM, 32 years of autonomy experimentation

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/09 September) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is 21 years old but the“autonomous region” set-up or “experiment” as many refer to it, inc ...

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The Bangsamoro Dream (2): “Guberno a sarwang” (alien government)

The Bangsamoro Dream (2): “Guberno a sarwang” (alien government)

nd of a series COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/08 September) –  The supposed grant of autonomy by the first Aquino administration to what would be the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindana ...

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The Bangsamoro Dream (1):  Why offer a “failed experiment” as platform for peace?

The Bangsamoro Dream (1): Why offer a “failed experiment” as platform for peace?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/07 September) – When President Benigno Simeon Aquino III met with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim in Japan on August 4 to ...

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Battling extinction in Mt. Kitanglad Range: Reemerging species

Battling extinction in Mt. Kitanglad Range: Reemerging species

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/14 July) – Elito Guinoay, a Higaonon Lumad living in Sitio Lantud, barangay Sagaran in Talakag, Bukidnon, is one of the buffer zone residents who availe ...

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Battling species extinction in Mt. Kitanglad Range: The economics of conservation

Battling species extinction in Mt. Kitanglad Range: The economics of conservation

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/12 July) – Until the 1980s, the country’s natural resource protection regime had relied heavily on law enforcement. Forest protection in particular made ...

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Battling species extinction in Mt. Kitanglad Range

Battling species extinction in Mt. Kitanglad Range

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/11 July) – In 1992-1993, American biologist Dr. Lawrence Heaney made a survey of faunal species in Mt. Kitanglad Range, a natural park in Northwestern B ...

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How to cure Philhealth’s woes?

How to cure Philhealth’s woes?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines—The General Santos District Hospital (GSDH) here was not the only hospital that was investigated by Philhealth for fraudulent claims. Tertiary hos ...

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Bogus claims haunt Philhealth

Bogus claims haunt Philhealth

MANILA, Philippines—For many years you’ve been paying your Philhealth dues, and so has your company. But that money may have been misused to finance bankrupt hospitals and fatten ...

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Tokenism in environment conservation: The case of Bukidnon’s major uplands

Tokenism in environment conservation: The case of Bukidnon’s major uplands

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/24 April) -- Aside from forestry laws and the National Integrated Protected Areas Act, there are other policies at the local and national levels that se ...

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Tokenism in environment conservation: The case of Bukidnon’s major uplands (4)

Tokenism in environment conservation: The case of Bukidnon’s major uplands (4)

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/23 April) -- In their watershed management and development plans, the local government units having jurisdiction over Mt. Pantaron, Mt. Kitanglad and Mt ...

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The case of Bukidnon’s major uplands: How much for the environment?

The case of Bukidnon’s major uplands: How much for the environment?

( Third of five parts) At the national level, implementation of the protected area system has suffered from a major deficiency: lack or absence of budget. Mt. Kitanglad and Mt. Ka ...

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Tokenism in environment protection: The case of Bukidnon’s major uplands Second of five parts: The policy environment

Tokenism in environment protection: The case of Bukidnon’s major uplands Second of five parts: The policy environment

Laws relating to biodiversity conservation had been enacted in the Philippines as early as the American colonial period. It was only in 1992, however, that it acquired strong lega ...

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Tokenism in environment conservation? The case of Bukidnon’s major uplands

Tokenism in environment conservation? The case of Bukidnon’s major uplands

Bukidnon lies in the central part of Mindanao. Categorized as a first class province, it has 20 municipalities and two component cities and is divided into three congressional dis ...

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SPECIAL REPORT: Who’s afraid of a Bangsamoro sub-state? (6)

SPECIAL REPORT: Who’s afraid of a Bangsamoro sub-state? (6)

(Questions the Bishops and Business execs asked of the MILF peace panel) Last of six parts: Will conflict take a backseat? DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 April) –  Much of the wealth in ...

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SPECIAL REPORT: Who’s afraid of a Bangsamoro sub-state? [Part 5]

SPECIAL REPORT: Who’s afraid of a Bangsamoro sub-state? [Part 5]

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 April) – “We are a national franchisee operator for our trucks. In other words, we are franchised to operate anywhere in the Philippines. Our trucks opera ...

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SPECIAL REPORT: Who’s afraid of a Bangsamoro sub-state? (Part 4)

SPECIAL REPORT: Who’s afraid of a Bangsamoro sub-state? (Part 4)

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 April) – If the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity of the ill-fated Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain of 2008 was perceived “very nebulous” by the majo ...

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SPECIAL REPORT: Who’s afraid of a Bangsamoro sub-state? (Part 3)

SPECIAL REPORT: Who’s afraid of a Bangsamoro sub-state? (Part 3)

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 April) -- On the issue of territory, Cotabato Arcbishop Orlando Quevedo asked the panel: “You and I know that Christians vehemently objected to that porti ...

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