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Sarah Geronimo wins int’l singing competition

Actress and singer Sarah Geronimo won the 10th International Singing Contest: The Global Sound for her song “Kilometro.”
She came ahead of the other singers representing 26 other countries such as Venezuela, New Zealand, South Korea, Italy Colombia, USA, France, Sweden and Singapore.
Geronimo had previously entered the contest during its fifth edition with her song “Sino Nga Ba Siya.”
Her win makes the Philippines the first Asian country to win the award.
She is known as the Popstar Princess in the Philippines. She is known for her lead role in the films: A Very Special Love (2008), You Changed My Life (2009) and It Takes a Man and a Woman (2013).

Girl files complaint against Bayan Muna rep

A 14-year old Manobo girl filed illegal detention and child abuse complaints Aug. 18 against Bayan Mura Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate and some “lumad” indigenous religious leaders at a prosecutor’s office in Davao City. The girl said she was held against her will for weeks at the Haran Center.
Human Rights group Karapatan claims that the girl was raped by soldiers after she and other Manobo residents fled their community of Talaingod, Davao del Norte province because of the heavy military presence.
SPO1 Ronilo Tirasol of the San Pedro police station was cited as saying that the investigation and case “found evidence and documents” that could sustain the case against Zarate, lumad leaders Kerlan Fanagel and Datu Ginumao Andil, militant leaders Sheena Duazo, Tony Salubre and Joel Virador; and two others, according to an Inquirer News report.

Journalist murdered in Davao del Norte

A newspaper publisher in a southern province in the Philippines was shot by a gunman riding a motorcycle on Aug. 18. He died the next day.
Gregorio Ybanez, publisher of Kabuhayan News Services and president of the Davao del Norte Press and Radio-TV Club is the 28th Filipino journalist killed since 2010, according to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.
Provincial media club vice president Boy Cornejos said that the publication was not hard hitting . He said that Ybanez had worked for Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative which they think he had some troubles linked with, according to an Inquirer News report


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