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Leader of farmers’ group shot dead in Davao City

May 15, 2008

BREAKING NEWS | Celso Pojas was the secretary-general of the Farmers’ Association of Davao City and spokesman of the KMP in Southern Mindanao. He was the first militant leader assassinated in Davao city, according to Karapatan-Southern Mindanao.

Slain farmers’ leader Celso Pojas during the peasant month press conference in October last year. The words on his hat reads “Land, not bullet.” ( file photo by Barry Ohaylan)

Disease-causing toxin found in Davao, Gensan rice

Mar 08, 2008

The US FDA defines aflatoxin as toxic compounds produced by certain strains of the aspergillus fungus; it is toxic and carcinogenic. Exposure to high level of aflatoxin, according to the DOST, produces acute necrosis or tissue death, as well as cirrhosis and carcinoma of the liver.

Japanese pastors learn shocking things about Davao bananas

Jan 29, 2008

Reverend Fr. John Yuji Kanzaki, chair of the Philippine committee of the National Christian Churches of Japan (NCCJ), remembers growing up in Japan, where he used to love bananas as a boy. Bananas are expensive in Japan, he tells reporters here, When I was a boy, I cant stop eating them. But a recent visit in banana plantations in Compostela Valley made him change his mind.

Is Sara Duterte testing the waters?

Jan 20, 2008

Princess Sara. Who’s afraid of the national ID system? ( file photo by Cheryll D. Fiel)

As if daring the groups opposed to it, vice mayor Sara Duterte said she is in favor of the hotly-debated national ID system, pronounced by the Supreme Court as “unconstitutional” in 1998, but recently revived by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to crush the mounting Communist insurgency .

Killings in Philippines leave deeply entrenched fear, distrust

Jan 13, 2008

At the height of the escalating incidents of the murder of activists, there was strong condemnation, both within and outside the country that forced the government to do something to stop the killing. Now that the number of killings has declined, condemnation has also decreased and discussion into finding reasonable remedies and redress for the victims had waned. It has even prompted the government to take the credit for the decline in the number of killings as proof of the improved human rights conditions in the country.

Bayan’s worst-case scenario: P50 per liter gasoline, P700 LPG

Jan 13, 2008

Unless government removes the 12 percent value added tax (VAT) on oil and repeal the Oil Deregulation Law, the country is facing as much as P50 per liter in gasoline prices and more than P700 in LPG retail prices by the end of the year, umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) disclosed.