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An indigenous people's group opposed to large-scale mining has thrown its support behind Environment Secretary Gina Lopez for deciding to close and suspend some mining companies.

The Metro Naga Water District has appealed to Environment Secretary Gina Lopez to “closely look” into the Rangas River Mini Hydro Project that it said poses a threat to biodiversity in the area.

Three officials of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) implicated in the kidnapping and murder of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo in October last year have been formally charged before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

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Three officials of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) implicated in the kidnapping and murder of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo in October last year have been formally charged before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

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Philippine National Police Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa will present almost 400 cops from National Capital Region Police Office who have committed "minor offenses" to President Rodrigo Duterte. AP file photo

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By Artemio A. Dumlao | Updated February 23, 2017 - 11:00am
An indigenous people's group opposed to large-scale mining has thrown its support behind Environment Secretary Gina Lopez for deciding to close and suspend some mining companies.

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Police investigators stand beside the wreckage of a bus that crashed on a downhill road in Tanay, Rizal province, Philippines, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. More than a dozen mostly college students on a camping trip were killed when their rented bus lost its brakes on the downhill road slammed into a post, town officials said. AP/Aaron Favila

Visayas

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Unidentified gunmen shot dead the planning and development officer of Jiabong town in Samar before dawn yesterday.

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Albuera town mayor Rolando Espinosa was arrested after a warrant of arrest was issued on Wednesday. PNP PIO/Released, file

Mindanao

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Lawmen arrested on Wednesday another municipal councilor in Maguindanao province for large-scale drug trafficking, the second in just three weeks.

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Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (right) led regional officials in manifesting support to the Masa Masid program during its launching in ARMM on Tuesday. Philstar.com/John Unson