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December, 2015

Damien Dempsey praises the talent of Róisin Seoighe

December 16, 2015 · 


Damien Dempsey praises the talent of Róisin Seoighe, winner of Preda’s Freedom Day Song Competition 2015! When leading musician and Preda advocate Damien Dempsey proposed the idea of a nationwide song competition for primary and secondary school students I don’t think that even he would have realised the passion for music and justice that exists […]


Sex den under bridge raided; 5 girls rescued

December 14, 2015 ·  By Aie Balagtas See for


In a row of dingy makeshift cubicles under the just renovated Honorio Lopez Bridge in Gagalangin, Tondo, girls aged 12 to 17 were having sex with customers who paid them P500. Their pimp, 26-year-old Sanny Ramos, would offer their services to truck and tricycle drivers, even pier workers looking for a “quickie” in the middle […]


NBI to file charges against airport cops for tanimn- Bala

December 14, 2015 ·  By Jerome Aning and Maricar B. Brizuela for

EXTRA PROTECTION Passengers waiting for their flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 3 go to great lengths to protect their luggage by having these wrapped in plastic to prevent anyone from planting bullets (“tanim-bala”) in their baggage. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

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The National Bureau of Investigation filed criminal charges against six individuals—four of them policemen—for robbery-extortion and graft in connection with a “tanim-bala” (bullet-planting) incident at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. In a press conference Thursday, Justice Undersecretary Emmanuel Caparas said the NBI sued the “first batch” of tanim-bala suspects: two officers of the Department of Transportation […]


Human Rights for the Victims of Climate Change

December 11, 2015 · 


Human Rights for the Victims of Climate Change Father Shay Cullen SSC The anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights last 10 December reminds us that migrants fleeing war and the bad economic effects of climate change have rights that must be respected. The growing intolerance towards these unfortunate people is detestable and must […]


Mercy and Justice for the Environmental Migrants

December 11, 2015 · 


Mercy and Justice for the Environmental Migrants Father Shay Cullen SSC As we look back on the Paris conference on climate change, we too must look upon the millions being affected by the great injustice that the people of poor nations suffer. Mercy and compassion and environmental justice is what they need and deserve. There […]


UN talks on global warming enter final phase

December 8, 2015 ·  By Karl Malakunas for

epa05057210 The front of the Eiffel Tower bears the message 'Human Energy' as part of a light installation entitled 'Human Energy' by artist Yann Toma drawing attention to human-generated power, on the sidelines of the COP21 Climate Conference, in Paris, France, 06 December 2015. The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) is held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December aimed at reaching an international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and curtail climate change.  EPA/IAN LANGSDON

The conference in the French capital crowns more than two decades of obstacle-strewn negotiations to curb climate change, which threatens to make Earth increasingly hostile to human existence LE BOURGET, France – UN talks aimed at saving mankind from the dire impacts of global warming enter their crunch phase Monday, December 7, with ministers beginning […]


Cyberporn goes mobile to evade authorities

December 8, 2015 ·  By Ador Vincent S. Mayol for


CEBU CITY—Cyberporn operators have found a way of avoiding detection from law enforcers: mobile phones. An 18-year-old girl was caught using her mobile phone’s webcam as her niece was posing nude for an American client who was online. “Jamie” (not her real name) was arrested by National Bureau of Investigation members who raided her house […]


Duterte names Jesuit priest abuser

December 7, 2015 ·  By Germelina Lacorte for


DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has named the priest who allegedly molested him and several other high school boys when he was a teenager studying at the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) here. Duterte said the sexual abuser was the late Fr. Mark Falvey, SJ, one of the Jesuit priests at AdDU, and that […]


Philippine presidential candidate alleges clergy sexual abuse

December 7, 2015 ·  By Joe Torres for


Joe Torres, Manila Philippines December 2, 2015 At least two Catholic bishops urged a Philippine presidential candidate to speak up about his allegation that he is a victim of sex abuse by priests. “I’m begging the good mayor on bended knees to please go to the civil court, and there file a case against these […]


Philippine presidential hopeful Duterte draws flak for Francis insults

December 7, 2015 ·  By Joe Torres for

Davao mayor Rodrigo Duterte, center,  . Duterte drew criticism for cursing the pope for worsening traffic in the Philippines. (Photo by AFP)

Joe Torres, Manila Philippines December 1, 2015 A controversial Philippine mayor, running for president in next year’s elections, has drawn the wrath of Catholic bishops after he cursed Pope Francis in a speech on national television on Nov. 30. Davao City mayor, Rodrigo Duterte, drew flak after using offensive language to criticize Pope Francis for […]

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