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Canadian Animal Activist Leads Campaign To Free Giant Crocodile

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Canadian Animal Activist Leads Campaign To Free Giant CrocodileCanadian Animal Activist Leads Campaign To Free Giant CrocodileMANILA --Canadian animal rights activist Ashley Fruno, 24, a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA),has urged the Philippine government to free a 21-foot-long giant crocodile, named Lolong, caught on Sept. 3 in the town of Bunawan in Agusan del Sur, Mindanao.

The reptile was caught by a team of 30 men,led by Rollie Sumiller, following a three-week hunt.

But Sumiller earlier said that removing from the wild a huge reptile suspected of attacking humans is the correct thing to do.

Lolong, considered to be the world's largest crocodile in captivity, pending confirmation from Guinness World Records officials, is suspected of eating a local man who went missing in July and of killing a 12-year-old girl whose head was bitten off in 2009.

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Public Private Partnerships In Education, Health ‘More Costly’– ACT Teachers Party

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Public Private Partnerships In EducationMANILA — ACT Teachers Partylist Rep. Antonio Tinio called on other members of the House of Representatives to remove the funding for public private partnership (PPP) from the national budget for 2012, citing that PPP would only turn out to be more expensive than government funding, as evident in the experience of other countries.

As contained in Aquino’s 2012 proposed budget, Aquino said public private partnerships would resolve the shortages in infrastructure such as school buildings and hospitals. “The private sector will finance and build classrooms while government pays them an annual amortization over a period of several years,” Tinio said.

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Filipinos in Afghanistan Await DFA's Memo To Continue Working

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MANILA—Thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and several private companies in Afghanistan are waiting for the official memo from the Philippine embassy in Islamabad that will allow them to continue their employment contracts with United States military bases there.

In a letter addressed to the Philippine embassy in Islamabad, Filipinos in Afghanistan spokesman Emmanuel Geslani said that unless the memorandum is sent to the US Central Command, the repatriation efforts of US military bases’ Filipino workers will go on as planned.

The Philippine embassy in Islamabad has jurisdiction over Afghanistan.

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Reverse Brain Drain: Young Fil Am Gives Back To Out-of-School Pinoy Youth

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FIL AM WITH OUT-OF-SCHOOL YOUTH:  Marc Monsod (fourth from left) smiles as he reacts during tutoring of out-of-school youth in the slums of Cavite City in the Philippines for the entire month of August.CHICAGO (jGLi) – Young American-born-educated-and-raised (ABER)* Filipino students of middle-income family might just be contented with spending their summer in the friendly confines of their homes and their haunts.

But not for be-spectacled Marc Monsod, a 20-year-old Los Angeles, California native, who made plans six months ago of travelling to the Philippines to spend a worthwhile and meaningful summer that paid off.

Summer for Marc was not a month of frolicking under the sun amidst the white beaches of Boracay and other tourist spots in the Philippines. But a volunteer service -- tutoring grade-school age out-of-school youth in the slums in outlying southern suburb of Cavite City in the Philippines.

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Filipino Fisherman Rescued Off Spratly Islands

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Hanoi, VIETNAM -- Bochito Lagdamin, 43, was rescued by a crew of a Vietnamese fishing boat, off the Truong Sa (Spratly) Island. Authorities from Da Nang City's Department of Foreign Affairs have contacted the Philippine Embassy in Hanoi to repatriate Lagdamin.

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Lumbera: CCP should have stood firm against censorship

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Photo credit:  Ina Alleco Silverio  Photo caption:  National Artist for Literature Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera.MANILA — The chairman of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) and National Artist for Literature Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera expressed strong disappointment over the decision of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and its Board of Directors to close the exhibit Kulo long before its originally scheduled end on August 21.

In a forum in the College of Mass Communication in the University of the Philippines Diliman campus, Lumbera said it was disappointing and frustrating how the CCP bowed down to pressure from a few quarters and in the process failed in its duty to uphold the rights of artists and the freedom of expression.

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Filipino Workers In Macau Surge

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MANILA—JUST into the first six months of the year, the number of non-resident Filipino workers in the Macau Special Administrative Region already reached record-high numbers.

This is as Philippine Overseas Employment Administrator Carlos Cao recently reported that a hundred overseas Filipino workers in Macau got stranded after failing to find jobs.

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QC urban poor slam Ayala, NHA for impending demolition

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MANILA – Residents of San Roque subvillage, Pag-asa, North Triangle in Quezon City held a protest action in front of the UP-Ayala Land Techno Hub, Friday, vowing to fight the impending demolition of their community.

City administrator Victor Endriga announced recently that the National Housing Authority (NHA) will evict 9,000 households on Aug. 31 to give way to a P22-billion ($511 million) joint project between Ayala Land Inc. and the NHA. The project is part of the QC Business District.

Endriga said only 7,000 families are qualified for the relocation and housing program in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan and Rodriguez, Rizal

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Aquino’s Sona: All for show, no substance – Bayan

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Photo credit: Angelica de Lara/Bulatlat.comMANILA – The second State of the Nation Address (Sona) delivered by President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino yesterday was buttressed in Metro Manila by a deployment of 7,000 policemen and 700 to 1,000 soldiers from the Philippine Navy and Philippine Army, plus some armored carriers in case it would be needed. These were to counter the mass of protesters who had sought permission earlier to conduct a “true Sona” rally near the Batasan grounds.

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Can local private sector help reverse PHL’s migration addiction?

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MANILA—SOME of President Aquino III’s remarks in his recent State of the Nation Address are inciting an aspiration that going abroad for work will not be a forced option for many Filipinos.

“Before, (Filipinos’) foremost ambition was to work in another country. Now the Filipino can take his pick. (For as) long as he pursues his dreams with determination and diligence, he can realize them,” Aquino said.

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Migrants Group in Japan Urges Philippine Gov’t to Act Swiftt to Support OFWs

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MANILA — An overseas Filipino group in Japan has expressed its concern for Filipino migrants living in areas that were affected by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and consequently by the 30-meter high tsunami that hit the country’s northern coastline on March 11.

“We call on Ambassador Manuel Lopez to act swiftly to determine the conditions of our compatriots living in the areas affected, to secure their safety and to extend all necessary support and assistance to them,” Migrante-Japan, a chapter of Migrante International, the largest OFW group, said in a statement.

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Nuclear Option Continues; Groups Call on Philippine Gov’t to Exercise Caution

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MANILA --  Despite increasingly worrisome reports regarding the explosion in one of Japan’s nuclear power plants after last Friday’s 8.9 earthquake, the Philippine government has announced that it is still determined to explore and consider the nuclear energy option.

Energy officials said that the Aquino government would take the Japan disaster into consideration before it comes up with any policy decision regarding the development of nuclear energy as a power source in the country.

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In Philippine Hospitals, a Scam Preys on New Nurses

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MANILA — Kit, 26, is a licensed nurse but currently unemployed.  To her, the recent hearings at the House of Representatives about hospitals collecting fees from new nurses in exchange for letting them earn their first work experience in their hospital only confirmed that what she went through five years ago is still a reality today.

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IIRC recommendations: only Lim cited for criminal sanction

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MANILA --  Following are the recommendations of the Incident Investigation and Review Committee that investigated the Aug. 23 hostage tragedy. This was withheld when President Aquino released the fact-finding part of the report. The recommendations are being reviewed by the presidential legal panel headed by Executive Secretary Jojo Ochoa and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Eduardo de Mesa.

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TUCP urges BI to ban American businessman from entering the country

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MANILA --  An American businessman who hastily left the country on August 25 is a subject of complaint by the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) and urged the Bureau of Immigration to immediately tag and blacklist him as "an undesirable alien" and banned from re-entering the Philippines.

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TUCP urges BI to ban American businessman from entering the country

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MANILA --  An American businessman who hastily left the country on August 25 is a subject of complaint by the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) and urged the Bureau of Immigration to immediately tag and blacklist him as "an undesirable alien" and banned from re-entering the Philippines.

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Romulo pushes for public consultations on proposed MRT fare hike

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MANILA -- warning that a sudden and excessive increase could boomerang and drive commuters to find other ways of going around, House Deputy Majority Leader Roman Romulo has urged the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to conduct adequate public consultations on any upward adjustment in the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) fare.

"The public consultations should be broad and exhaustive, to ascertain the exact amount that is least burdensome to and most bearable by commuters," said Romulo, who represents the lone district of Pasig City in Congress.

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Labor bucks MRT, LRT fare hike

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MANILA -- The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) has urged the Aquino administration to reconsider its plan to raise light train fares, calling it "harsh and unfair to minimum wage earners and other workers with fixed salaries."

"We consider the contemplated fare increases unreasonable and unnecessary, in light of government's capability to continue subsidizing commuters," said TUCP secretary-general and former Senator Ernesto Herrera.

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Labor bucks MRT, LRT fare hike

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MANILA -- The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) has urged the Aquino administration to reconsider its plan to raise light train fares, calling it "harsh and unfair to minimum wage earners and other workers with fixed salaries."

"We consider the contemplated fare increases unreasonable and unnecessary, in light of government's capability to continue subsidizing commuters," said TUCP secretary-general and former Senator Ernesto Herrera.

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Funds to train crisis negotiators available, says solon

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MANILA - Government has enough resources to thoroughly train and produce highly capable crisis negotiators needed to quell significant hostage-taking incidents and other highly unstable conditions, Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. said Saturday.

In the proposed General Appropriations Act of 2011, Barzaga said the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC), under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), some P1.1 billion in fresh funding is allocated.

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Peasants Worry Mediation Panel May Prolong Luisita SDO Case

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MANILA — While parties to the case are preparing their memoranda and farmers await the Supreme Court decision on the validity of the Hacienda Luisita Stock Distribution Option, a special committee was tasked by the Supreme Court to ”mediate” and come up with a win-win proposal or a ”happy compromise” between the Hacienda Luisita Incorporated (HLI) and farmers.

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