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‘Noy endorsement in 2016 is kiss of death’

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‘Noy endorsement in 2016 is kiss of death’

By Michelle Zoleta (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 24, 2014 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines – Critics of President Aquino yesterday belied Malacañang’s claim that whoever would be anointed by the administration in the 2016 presidential elections would have the advantage over other presidential aspirants.

The militant Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said an endorsement coming from Aquino would be a kiss of death.

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Time for Napoles to talk–group

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Time for Napoles to talk–group

BUSINESSWOMAN Janet Lim-Napoles should start talking in the misuse of P125-million Malampaya Fund, the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said on Wednesday.

Pamalakaya Vice Chairman Salvador France said Napoles, who is currently detained in connection with the multibillion-peso pork-barrel scam should tell everything she knows about the involvement of President Aquino and other officials in the case “for the sake of truth, justice and transparency.”

The group issued the challenge to Napoles a day after the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas filed plunder raps against Mr. Aquino and 11 others, including Napoles and two other Cabinet members.

Also named respondents in the 16-page complaint, together with Mr. Aquino and Napoles, are Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes before the Office of the Ombudsman.

Also included in the complaint are whistle-blower Benhur Luy; former Agrarian Reform Undersecretary Narciso Nieto; Agrarian Reform Undersecretary Jerry Pacturan of the Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) Support Services Office; Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos; Teresita Reyes; Ashley Baul; Simplicio Gumafelex; John Raymund de Asis; John Lim; Nemesio Pablo Jr; and John and Jane Does.

The Malampaya funds that were supposed to promote organic farming were coursed through the DAR and transfered to bogus non-governmental organizations linked to Napoles.

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US hand seen in Manila’s hardline stance against Beijing on South China Sea row

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US hand seen in Manila’s hardline stance against Beijing on South China Sea row

By John Lloyd Hoffman, Chitato Artidyo and Keluar Ramayana-Bintang

MANILA, Philippines—The militant fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said the hardline position undertaken by the Philippine government against the proposed dialogue of the Chinese government to settle the ongoing dispute in South China Sea is written and directed by the US government and does not emanate from the collective interest and national sentiment of nearly 97 million Filipinos all over the country.

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Laguna Lake folks fear no-build zone policy will soon be applied on them

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Laguna Lake folks fear no-build zone policy will soon be applied on them 
By Tanya Fantasia Mendoza and Billy Javier Reyes 
Manila, Philippines– Small fisherfolk and residents along the shorelines of Laguna Lake are convinced that the no-build zone policy currently implemented in Tacloban City, Leyte will soon be applied in the 90,000 hectare Laguna de Bay and the policy, they argued, will cause massive displacement of some 3.9 million fishermen and other poor residents around the lake.

Pamalakaya slams DND chief for begging superpowers to check China on West PHL

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Pamalakaya slams DND chief for begging superpowers to check China on West PHL 

Manila, Philippines- The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Friday dismissed as “patently pathetic, rated-A puppetry and blockbuster act of pauperism the call of Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Voltaire Gazmin for superpowers like the United States to come in and intervene on the current conflict in West Philippine Sea to check the aggressive campaign of China in the disputed waters. 

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PH group presses Manila government to extradite officials, crew of USS Guardian

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PH group presses Manila government to extradite officials, crew of USS Guardian

A coral reef formation in the Verde sea passage south of Manila

 

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A coral reef formation in the Verde sea passage south of Manila

PH group presses Manila government to extradite officials, crew of USS Guardian

By Gerry Albert Corpuz

Manila, Philippines – Exactly one year after an American minesweeper ran aground in national reef park in the Philippines, concerned groups led by the fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Thursday pressed the Philippine government to extradite officials and 79 other crew of USS Guardian that ran aground in Tubbataha Reef on Jan. 17, 2013, or exactly one year since the environmental disaster happened in the UNESCO-declared heritage park.

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US payment for Tubbataha damage still awaited

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US payment for Tubbataha damage still awaited

By Gerg Cahiles

Exactly a year after the wood-hulled minesweeper USS Guardian ran aground at the south atoll of the Tubbataha Reef in Palawan, there is still no clear answer as to when the United States government will pay for the damage to parts of the coral reef.

Based on the computation of the Tubbataha Management Office, the US government must pay P58 million, or more than a million US dollars.

The US Embassy in Manila maintains that the Philippine government has yet to formally ask the United States for its claims.

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