20 years IP claim to ancestral lands approved

SEEKING to address the “non-implementation” of Republic Act 8371 (Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997), Congress recently passed a bill proposing to extend the period in which indigenous peoples can secure their ancestral domains.

House Bill No. 5350, recently passed on third and final reading at the House of Representatives, extends for another 20 years the period by which cultural communities/indigenous peoples can secure the Certificate of Title to their ancestral lands.

Currently, IPs have until October of this year to avail themselves of their right to own their ancestral lands under Section 12 of RA 8731.

Under the current…

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Aguirre draws flak over ‘reversed’ Espinosa ruling

JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II may soon find himself in a Senate “hot seat.”

This after government prosecutors downgraded from murder to homicide  the charges against the principal suspects in the killing in November 2016  of former Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.

The decision was in complete contrast with the findings of the Senate on his death being a premeditated act, even as the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in its separate probe also declared that Espinosa’s killing by operatives of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group- Region 8 (CIDG-Region 8) was a rubout.

 

Denounced

But the reality of…

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CHED allots P317-M for medical students

IT was a luxury never enjoyed by their predecessors.

This, after the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) allocated P317 million from its 2017 budget to provide free tuition for medical students in eight state universities and colleges (SUCs) for the current academic year.

The CHED directive indicated that new and continuing Filipino medical students can avail themselves of a full tuition subsidy from eight state medical schools in the Philippines in the country. 

Senator Sonny Angara for his part expressed support to the move noting that giving priority to medical students in the government’s free tertiary education program could…

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 Commission for the elderly bill gets support

Senator Bam Aquino has filed a bill creating a National Commission for Senior Citizens to ensure that their rights and privileges are properly given them.

This developed as various groups supporting the cause of the elderly people went to the Senate to express their backing for Aquino’s proposed measure.

The groups include the NAPC Senior Citizens Sectoral Council, Federation of Senior Citizens of the Philippines (FSCAP), Confederation of Older Persons Association of the Philippines (COPAP), Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Inc. (COSE), and Pederasyon ng Maralitang Nakakatanda (PAMANA) with DSWD, NCDA, CWC, and House Committees on Government Reorganization and…

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Much ado about Digong’s health
Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go released this photo of President Rodrigo Duterte on June 15 amid speculations about the President's health. From the Philippine Daily Inquirer

EVEN Presidents have day offs too. To a certain extent they can take those day offs as long as they need it. After all, they are also humans and they also need time to rest.

Administration ally Sen. Panfilo Lacson and opposition Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan agreed on this matter.

President Duterte has been conspicuously “absent” since Monday, Independence Day - his first Independence Day celebration as Chief Executive – triggering talks about…

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