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May, 2012

Preda Opens Petition to Philippine Senators

May 28, 2012 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

Dear friends, The Philippine House of Representatives has passed a law amending Republic Act 9344 reducing the age of criminal liability to 12 year old. The children even if only accused can be treated as criminals and be jailed with adults until they can prove  they are minors. Many are abandoned street kids and cant […]


Irish Sports Stars Support the Preda Children's Home

May 28, 2012 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen and Philip Cribbin

The big football tournament in Poland is close and Irish players have joined the Preda campaign for children’s rights and have made a unique, one of a kind signed guitar played and signed by Damien Dempsey.


Why Blame Children for Adult Crime?

May 25, 2012 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

What level of callous cruelty does it take to put children as young as six or twelve-year-old behind bars? That is the way it was in the Philippines until the passing of the Juvenile Justice Welfare Bill (RA 9344) in 2006.


Jailing kids no answer to rising criminality, says DSWD exec

May 23, 2012 ·  By Leila B. Salaverria, Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Philippines will not solve the problem of rising criminality by sending more children to jail., The Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC) has opposed a House bill seeking to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility to over 12 years old.


This Woman's Work

May 21, 2012 ·  By The Word,

When volunteering wasn’t enough, Hillary Brown took on the challenge of starting her own charity. Words by Lyra Dacio. “I never was a good expat wife,” Hillary Brown, co-founder and executive director of Helping Orphans Worldwide, says matter-of-factly. She didn’t want to be a conventional stay-at-home spouse. In the 14 years she’s been globetrotting wherever […]


Congressman Raymond Palatino's Privilege Speech

May 21, 2012 ·  By Raymond V. Palatino

NO TO SUBIC COAL Privilege speech delivered on May 21, 2012, Monday. Drafting of speech was a collective effort. Special thanks to Rubelh. I rise to give voice to the clamor of the people of Zambales against the proposed 600-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Sitio Naglatore, Barangay Cawag in Subic, Zambales. The project started out […]


Parsing justice in the Philippines

May 20, 2012 ·  By Simon Roughneen, The Diplomat, RTÉ World Report

A poster at the Paranaque city hall in Manila reads “Uphold Judicial Independence,” claiming that the rights of Chief Justice Renato Corona are being trampled by the Philippine government and suggesting that rule of law in the almost 100 million population nation is at risk.


Gov't urged to help coconut growers diversify amid copra price plunge

May 19, 2012 ·  By Former Sen. Juan Miguel "Migz" F. Zubiri, Press Statement

With copra prices plummeting, a former senator has urged government to help coconut farmers diversify and build viable cooperatives. “Diversification is key to the economic survival of small growers facing severe hardship, with the farm-gate price of copra now down to as low as P15 per kilo from P40 a year ago,” said former Sen. […]


Fair Trade – Protecting Human Rights

May 18, 2012 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

Dublin, Ireland – Juanito Hacinto is a poor man in Bataan, Philippines. He is a member of the Aeta indigenous people. He sat with his wife Nita, and their three children under a mango tree to hear our message that the Preda Fair Trade organisation, Profairtrade, will pay 100% higher for their mango fruit so […]


Power plant faces Kalikasan writ

May 15, 2012 ·  By Cecille Garcia, Manila Standard Today

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The planned coal-fired thermal plant here faces rough sailing as oppositors mass up to file a Writ of Kalikasan. Alex Hermoso, lead convener of the Zambales-Olongapo Civil Society Network, said in a media forum Kapihan sa Dayrit’s that a case is being finalized to stop the project. “We strongly oppose the […]

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