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January, 2017

PNP is ‘most organized criminal group,’ says De Lima

January 31, 2017 ·  By Maila Ager - Reporter for

Senator Leila de Lima on Monday dubbed the Philippine National Police (PNP) as “the most organized criminal group in the country.” “The moment Duterte turned the PNP into a vigilante death squad, its transformation into an organized criminal syndicate has been completed,” De Lima said in a statement. “The PNP under Duterte can now be […]



January 30, 2017 ·  By Ador Vincent S. Mayol, Michelle Joy L. Padayhag for

PETER Gerard Scully is being brought to the Lumbia City Jail in Cagayan de Oro where he would be detained while facing charges of child abuse and trafficking in this photo taken on Feb. 20, 2015

Even behind bars, Peter Gerard Scully, the notorious alleged sex predator who brutally sodomized children in Mindanao, continues to communicate with the outside world. And if that was not enough, Scully is now believed to be operating his nefarious child trafficking business from inside the Lumbia City Jail in Cagayan de Oro, some 15 kilometers […]


French bishops release new stats on child sex abuse in church

January 30, 2017 ·  By Catholic News Service for


PARIS More than 200 victims have reported child sex abuse to the French church in the past six years, according to data collected by the French bishops. “More than 60 percent of these testimonies are about events that happened before 1970; 35 percent happened between 1970 and 2000; and 4 percent were abuse that have […]


Papal fallibility

January 30, 2017 ·  By Christopher Lamb for


Francis has boosted the image of Catholicism around the world. Opinion polls repeatedly show that the Pope has won the hearts and mind not just of Catholics but of other Christians and people of other religions or none. Yet some argue he has a blind spot. His usual sure-footedness seems lacking when it comes to […]


Bacani vows to give Duterte P10M if he can prove ‘two wives’ claim

January 30, 2017 ·  By Marilyn Campbell, QUT for


Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani on Thursday said that he will give President Rodrigo Duterte P10 million if the latter can reveal his “two wives” to the public. “Unang-una, saan nakuha ng presidente ‘yun? Alam mo, kung makapag-produce ang presidente ng kahit na isang asawa ko, bibigyan ko siya ng limang milyong piso. Kahit mangutang […]


Duterte tirades vs bishops not meant to gag Church – Palace

January 30, 2017 ·  By Nestor Corrales - Reporter for

Manila Cathedral, the main Church of the Archdiocese of Manila (PHOTO BY RAFFY LERMA / INQUIRER)

President Rodrigo Duterte is not gagging the Catholic Church despite his series of tirades against some bishops and priests for allegedly committing corruption and engaging in illicit affairs, a Palace official said. “He’s not trying to silence them. He’s just trying to say, as far as we can see, [let’s] have a more collegial [relationship]. […]


Criminals at Nine Years Old?

January 27, 2017 · 


Criminals at Nine Years Old? Father Shay Cullen 25 January 2017 Andres is just one10-year old child and he has lived on the streets of Metro Manila most of his life like thousands of other street children. They are abandoned, work as scavengers, market boys or girls and are vulnerable to sexual and physical abuse […]



January 27, 2017 ·  By Fionn Kinne-Coyle


When I first told people I was going off to the Philippines to volunteer, their first question was “”Are you going to get paid?” I thought this was quite amusing because I could see that they couldn’t really get through their heads the above and beyond wonders, adventures and life changing experiences you could grasp […]


CHR backs Korea rights group call for PH to respect human rights

January 27, 2017 ·  By Ed Margareth Barahan for


The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Thursday urged the government to investigate the abduction and killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo in October last year by rogue members of Philippine National Police (PNP). In a statement, CHR said it supports the statement of National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) chairperson Lee Sung-ho […]


Gov’t urged to phase out cash transfer program

January 27, 2017 ·  By Nestor Corrales - Reporter for

QUEUES by beneficiaries of the government’s cash transfer program have become a familiar sight where the program is being implemented, like in Mauban, Quezon, where the local Land Bank of the Phils. branch gets filled with cash claimants every month. DELFIN T. MALLARI JR/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

President Duterte’s adviser on entrepreneurship urged the government on Thursday to gradually phase out the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program and shift to funding other government intervention programs. “We give about 65 billion pesos to those that are really at the bottom of the pyramid, which is fine, which is good. But frankly, it does […]

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