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November, 2016

Australian who sought sex with 6-year-old boy imprisoned in US

November 3, 2016 ·  By Agence France-Presse for


LOS ANGELES—An Australian scientist who traveled to California to have sex with a six-year-old boy was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison by a US federal judge. Michael Quinn, 33, a geneticist from Melbourne, was arrested in May by federal agents after his arrival at a Los Angeles area hotel where he had arranged […]


UN expert gets Duterte invite to probe killings

November 3, 2016 ·  By Paterno Esmaquel II for

INVITED TO PROBE. UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard says she has received the Philippine government's invitation to probe extrajudicial killings in the country. Photo courtesy of Loey Felipe/UN Photo

‘We did not get an explanation as to why the letter took a month to reach the OHCHR in Geneva,’ UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard tells Rappler MANILA, Philippines – United Nations special rapporteur Agnes Callamard said she has finally received the Philippine government’s invitation to probe extrajudicial killings in the country, nearly a month after […]


IN NUMBERS: The Philippines’ ‘war on drugs’

November 2, 2016 ·  By Michael Bueza for


(16th UPDATE) As of the 4th week of October 2016, there have been over 4,700 deaths, both from legitimate police operations and vigilante-style or unexplained killings MANILA, Philippines (16th UPDATE) – Exasperated by the illegal drugs menace in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte has waged an all-out campaign against it since he assumed office. From […]


Duterte on drug-related deaths: Expect 20,000 or 30,000 more

November 2, 2016 ·  By


MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday evening said the Philippines could expect about 20,000 or 30,000 more deaths in his administration’s bloody war on drugs. Duterte said the number of casualties will triple if he fails to get rid the country of the drug problem. “I tell you, I will triple it. ‘Pag hindi […]


2 dead cops daily and other ‘dubious’ data in Du30’s war on drugs

November 2, 2016 ·  By Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall, Reuters for


MANILA – Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte ended a recent speech in Manila with a now-familiar claim: Two policemen were dying every day in his violent battle to rid the country of illegal drugs. But police statistics have shown that figure to be exaggerated. From July 1, when Duterte launched his “war on drugs,” to Oct. […]

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