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October, 2012

Anger over slow pace of hunt for priest's killers – Suspects still evade arrest one year on

October 19, 2012 ·  , Kerima Bulan T. Navales, Davao City, Philippines, October 16, 2012

A year after Italian missionary priest Fausto “Pops” Tentorio was brutally murdered in the compound of his parish church in Arakan in North Cotabato, the quest to bring his killer to justice continues. A man walked up to Father Tentorio on October 17 last year and shot him eight times in the chest and then sped […]


Jimmy Savile was protected

October 19, 2012 ·  , Ros Coward,, Thursday 18 October 2012 11.54 BST

Jimmy Savile was protected by the media’s defence of the status quo Even in places where you might expect most awareness, my experience tells me paedophilia doesn’t get taken seriously. The revelations about Jimmy Savile have rightly induced soul searching among those who dealt with him in the media. How did he get away with […]



October 18, 2012 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

FAIR TRADE IS JUSTICE IN ACTION By Fr. Shay Cullen Email: (Fr. Shay’s columns are published in The Manila Times,in publications in Ireland, the UK, Hong Kong, and on-line.) There is good news in the Philippines these days as the framework agreement for a way forward towards a peace settlement in Mindanao has been […]


State-backed abduction will be a thing of the past­Lagman

October 18, 2012 ·  , Karen Boncocan,

MANILA, Philippines — Before long the Philippines may enact the very first national law in Asia which criminalizes enforced disappearances or the “arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the State.” And if passed, Albay Representative Edcel Lagman said on Wednesday that it would cover victims of involuntary […]


16M Filipinos malnourished

October 18, 2012 ·  , Tarra Quismundo, Ana G. Roa, Philippine Daily Inquirer

    MANILA, Philippines. The number of undernourished Filipinos increased by two million in the past two years, according to a study conducted by international food and agricultural organizations. The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012, a global assessment of nutrition levels, showed that 16 million Filipinos are considered undernourished from 2010 to […]


Mayor on trial for rape of girl seeks reelection

October 18, 2012 ·  , Robert Gonzaga, Inquirer Central Luzon

OLONGAPO CITY—A Zambales mayor undergoing trial on a charge of raping a 12-year-old girl two years ago is seeking another term to the dismay of the girl’s family. “Instead of the mayor’s office, [Rodriguez] should be in jail,” the girl’s mother said in a telephone interview on Sunday. Mayor Jose Rodriguez of San Marcelino town […]


Groups call for law change on child soldiers

October 17, 2012 ·  , reporter, Manila, Philippines October 16, 2012

International rights groups today called on the Senate to remove a provision in a draft law that allows for the parents of child soldiers to be prosecuted. “The draft language sets too low a bar for criminalization and is open to misuse and misinterpretation,” said Child Soldiers International and Human Rights Watch in a joint […]


Rights group says impunity must be stopped – Government to face UN in Geneva

October 17, 2012 ·  , reporter, Manila, Philippines, October 15, 2012

Amnesty International yesterday called on the government to take concrete action to end impunity for members of the security forces responsible for torture and other human rights violations. The call came ahead of the country’s appearance before the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva today. Government representatives were to present a report detailing measures taken to […]


The RP-MILF framework agreement (1)

October 17, 2012 ·  , Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas S. J. , Philippine Daily Inquirer

There is much rejoicing over the framework agreement reached between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front about achieving peace in Muslim Mindanao. There is justification for the rejoicing mainly because we have overcome the stalemate that resulted from the rejection of the 2008 Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) by the […]


Government and rebels ink landmark deal

October 17, 2012 ·  , Joe Torres and Cong Corrales, Manila, Philippines, October 15, 2012

The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a landmark peace agreement today aimed at ending four decades of conflict on the southern island of Mindanao. Negotiators from both sides signed the “framework agreement” at the presidential palace in Manila, with President Benigno Aquino and MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim looking on, at […]

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