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The Philippines was the deadliest country in Asia for land and environmental defenders again last year while slipping to second most dangerous in the world behind Colombia, a watchdog said on Wednesday.A total of 43 defenders were killed in the archipelago – the vast majority on the fertile and resource-rich islands of Mindanao and Negros – compared with 30 in 2018, Global Witness said in a report.Nearly half of the killings recorded since President Rodrigo Duterte took power in 2016 have been…

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