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June, 2016

Bishops oppose bid to lower age of criminal liability

June 20, 2016 ·  By

Incoming president Rodrigo Duterte plans to lower the minimum age for criminal responsibility for minors following reports  a growing number of street children are involved in criminal activities. ( photo by Eloisa Lopez)

Incoming Philippine president aims to lower minimum child prosecution ceiling from 15 to 12 years old The Philippine bishops’ Commission on Pastoral Care has voiced strong opposition to a plan by the incoming administration to lower the minimum age for child prosecutions from 15 to 12. “These kids are victims themselves so why penalize them?” […]


Helping the New President Fight Crime

June 17, 2016 · 


Helping the New President Fight Crime Fr. Shay Cullen, mssc There is a wise saying, “Be careful of what you promise. People might believe it.” By June 30, the Philippines will have sworn in a new president, Rodrigo Duterte- famous for his somewhat exaggerated style of speaking and for making election promises to eradicate crime […]


PH hails Iraqi Kurdistan’s new anti-human trafficking body

June 15, 2016 ·  By US Bureau for

Philippine Embassy Chargè d’Affaires Elmer G. Cato meets with Director General Sami Jalal Hussein, head of the newly created High Committee to Combat Human Trafficking in Erbil, to discuss issues involving Filipino workers in the region. (PHILIPINE EMBASSY/JEROME FRIAZ

ERBIL, Iraq—The Philippine Embassy in Baghdad June 8 commended the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq for stepping up its efforts to combat human trafficking in the country’s northern region. In a statement, the Embassy cited the recent creation by Kurdish authorities of an interagency body that would handle human trafficking cases, saying the move would […]


Pope Francis calls for an end to child slavery

June 14, 2016 ·  By


(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has issued a heartfelt appeal to all men and women of goodwill to join in the effort to remove the causes of modern slavery. Speaking after the recitation of the Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope, once again, highlighted some of the priorities of today’s world and referred specifically […]


Behind the Drug Culture is Child Neglect

June 10, 2016 · 


Behind the Drug Culture is Child Neglect Fr. Shay Cullen A society without respect and openness to accept and listen to children and youth is like a land without water- everything dies. Parents, relatives and enlightened community leaders are increasingly alarmed and shocked with the spread and common availability of personality and mind-altering dangerous drugs. With the“internet-of-everything” connecting […]


Baptist pastor who campaigned vs drugs shot dead in Cebu City

June 7, 2016 ·  By Ador Vincent Mayol for


CEBU CITY — A Baptist Church pastor who actively campaigned against illegal drugs was shot dead by two unidentified men in Barangay Bonbon, Cebu City, Sunday afternoon. Crisostomo Maternal Jr., an evangelist of the Bonbon Mission Church, was driving his motorcycle on his way home when two motorcycle-riding men shot him past 5 p.m. The […]


President Elect Duterte save small islands from mining.

June 7, 2016 · 


Civil society groups appeal to President-Elect Rodrigo Duturte to Declare small island ecosystems as No Go Zones for mining. 3 June 2016 To Mr. Rodrigo Duterte, the next Philippine President; We, inhabitants and environmental advocates of various island-ecosystems in the Philippines, write this letter to share and bring to your attention the destruction being done […]


Briton Richard Huckle jailed for Malaysia sex abuse

June 7, 2016 ·  By UK for


A British man has been given 22 life sentences after admitting 71 charges of sex abuse against children in Malaysia aged from six months to 12 years old. Police believe Richard Huckle, 30, from Ashford, Kent, abused up to 200 children from mainly poor communities. The Old Bailey judge described a 60-page paedophile manual Huckle […]


How child abuser Richard Huckle was caught

June 7, 2016 ·  By Angus Crawford for


One word and a freckle indirectly led to Richard Huckle’s arrest. Police in Australia and Europe were aware of a paedophile site called the Love Zone hidden in the so-called dark web. It was protected by passwords, encryption and specialist software. Users were totally anonymous. The images and videos there were particularly disturbing – showing […]


Mining firm sues Philippine faith-based group for libel

June 6, 2016 ·  By Joe Torres, Manila for

Yolanda Esguerra, national coordinator of PMPI and one of the respondents of a libel case file by a mining company, says the complaint is 'plain harassment.' ( photo by Joe Torres)

Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc accused of false report over company’s alleged destruction of fishing boats A mining company has filed a libel suit against faith-based group, Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc. and four of its staff over reports on the mining company’s attempt to recover a nickel ore stockpile on an island in the central Philippines. […]

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