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March, 2016

The March for Children’s and Women’s Rights

March 11, 2016 · 


The March for Children’s and Women’s Rights Fr. Shay Cullen 10 March 2016 Jessica Mary with thirty other recovering child survivors of sexual abuse and human trafficking marched down the streets of Olongapo City on International Women’s Day. They carried a banner that declared “Olongapo City Home of the Most Empowered Women in the World […]


Inside the Dark Net: Digitizing the cure for child pornography

March 10, 2016 ·  By James Farrell for


“Almost everyone,” replies a Filipino woman in an interview on Showtime’s series Dark Net, episode 3, when she is asked how many kids in her neighborhood are earning money, or being forced by their elders to make money, by interacting with people on sex cams. “I hate foreigners,” she says, “using our children as commodities.” […]


Volunteer jailed for 40 years for sexually abusing orphans

March 10, 2016 ·  By Elsa Buchanan for

Matthew Lane DurhamFacebook

Matthew Lane Durham, a 21-year-old former missionary from Oklahoma, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison by a United States court for sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya’s capital. Durham, who is the latest in a series of charity workers in Kenya to be convicted for sex crimes, targeted orphans while working […]


Ex-Davao del Sur governor, 5 others get 24 years for graft.

March 10, 2016 · 


The former government officials are convicted over the anomalous purchase of 5 service vehicles in 2003   MANILA, Philippines – The Sandiganbayan found ex-Davao del Sur governor Benjamin Bautista Jr and 5 other former provincial officials guilty of 4 counts of graft over the purchase of 5 service vehicles in 2003. In a 17-page decision […]



March 9, 2016 · 


5.2 MILLION IN SLAVERY 8th March International ladies day Grainne Kenny. Today is a day when all ladies and young girls should be happy, enjoying their day within a loving family or with close friends. Sadly though there is no International ladies day for hundreds of thousands of girls and women who are held captive […]


No end in sight to conflict in Mindanao.

March 9, 2016 · 


Lack of government commitment may kill hopes for peace in southern Philippines   Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s government is leaving the carcass of its peace process with Mindanao’s restive Muslim minority to the next administration. And for the first time after years of diplomacy, Moro rebels are confronting Aquino, blaming him and the country’s top […]


Rights abuses discovered in Philippine mining town.

March 9, 2016 · 


Study also shows worsened health conditions of residents due to nickel mine A fact-finding mission launched by church and environmental groups in late February discovered “police brutality and land grabbing” were committed in a mining town north of Manila. “The police employed excessive force against the people,” said Clemente Bautista, national coordinator of the group […]


PH 2nd highest in killings of human rights defenders – watchdog

March 8, 2016 ·  By Bea Orante for

HUMAN RIGHTS. The Philippines is one of the worst places for human rights defenders, 32 of whom were killed in 2015. Image courtesy of Raffy De Guzman/Rappler

The Philippines is second to Colombia and the highest outside the Americas in human rights defenders killings MANILA, Philippines – At 31 reported killings in 2015, the Philippines has one of the worst track records in the killing of human rights defenders (HRD) worldwide, according to a recent report.  The report from Front Line Defenders, […]


Aquino’s human rights record a ‘failure’ – watchdog

March 7, 2016 ·  By Acor Arceo for

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the New Year’s Vin d’ Honneur at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (January 14, 2016). The annual reception which marks the 29th Vin d’ Honneur since the 1986 EDSA Revolution was attended by government officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps, officials of international organizations and businessmen. (Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Human Rights Watch also denounces Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for ‘encouraging’ extrajudicial killings MANILA, Philippines – An international watchdog condemned the human rights record of President Benigno Aquino III, saying he has failed to make the reforms needed for a lasting legacy. In its World Report 2016 released on Thursday, January 28, Human Rights […]


Online paedophiles should lose homes for viewing child pornography, say campaigners

March 7, 2016 ·  By BEN GLAZE for

Depraved: Former rock star Ian Watkins

Paedophiles who view online child porn could be stripped of their homes and pensions under a new law demanded by campaigners. Vile perverts who look at sick images of kids being abused face being hit in the wallet as well as hauled before the courts, if the plans are given the green light. The Children’s […]

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