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April, 2017

Reviving death penalty violates treaty obligations — int’l experts

April 18, 2017 ·  By TINA PANGANIBAN-PEREZ, GMA News for


Two international experts on law and the death penalty on Thursday warned the Philippines that reimposing capital punishment would violate the country’s international treaty obligations and might result in the country being an international pariah. Prof. Baron Marc Bossuyt, president emeritus of the Constitutional Court of Belgium and a member of the United Nations Committee […]


PHILIPPINES PH should honor treaties vs death penalty, UN body tells Pimentel

April 18, 2017 ·  By Camille Elemia for

TREATY OBLIGATIONS. A United Nations body writes to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, reminding him of the country's treaty obligations against death penalty.

The United Nations Human Rights Committee calls on the Philippines to take its treaty obligation seriously MANILA, Philippines – A United Nations body wrote anew to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, warning the Philippines against taking any “retrogressive measures” on the death penalty following the bill’s passage in the House of Representatives. In a letter […]


Bishop tells Philippine govt leaders, faithful to repent

April 18, 2017 ·  By Philippines for

Filipino Catholics visit churches to pay homage to the Lord as part of the traditional observance of Holy Week in the Philippines. (Photo by Angie de Silva)

Marbel prelate’s Holy Week message calls for unity in what has become a divided nation A Catholic bishop in the Philippines has called on the country’s government leaders to repent and confess their sins. Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez of Marbel said the observance of Holy Week is an opportunity for those holding office in government to […]


Hope in resurrection, hope against killings

April 17, 2017 ·  By Mary Aileen Bacalso, Manila for

Filipino activists call for a stop to drug-related killings during a protest march in time for the observance of Holy Week. (Photo by Vincent Go)

Do not repeat the execution of Christ through the legalized killing of his beloved people It is ironic that days after Philippine legislators passed a law that aims to re-impose capital punishment, most Filipinos observe the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ with so much “piety” this week. Not content with the 8,000 deaths […]


Amnesty: China remains world’s biggest executioner

April 17, 2017 ·  By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE for


BEIJING: China executed more people in 2016 than all other nations combined, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, as death penalties in the world decreased overall. The human rights organisation estimates the Asian giant alone killed “thousands” of people, a figure based on examinations of court records and news reports. All other countries together executed at […]


Duterte cancels visit to disputed South China Sea island after warning from Beijing

April 17, 2017 ·  By Staff and agencies for

Earlier this month Rodrigo Duterte said he planned to raise the Philippine flag on the island of Thitu, in the South China Sea, and that he had ‘ordered the armed forces to occupy’ the disputed chain. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

Duterte cancels visit to disputed South China Sea island after warning from Beijing The Philippines’ president, Rodrigo Duterte, has cancelled a planned visit to an island the Philippines claims in the disputed South China Sea, after Beijing warned him against the visit. The brash Philippine leader last week announced his plan to raise the Philippine […]


The Resurrection in Spirit and Action

April 14, 2017 · 


The Resurrection in Spirit and Action Fr. Shay Cullen This is a week for Christians to review their lives and ask if they practice the values they say they live by. There are of course hundreds of thousands of good, dedicated and committed Catholics who are also great Christians. They are involved in the parish […]


Social workers who ‘failed to save boy from abuse’ will face trial in his death

April 12, 2017 ·  By Lindsey Bever for


This time, Gabriel Fernandez was not breathing. The 8-year-old California boy had been on everyone’s radar: He went to school with bald spots and bruises, black eyes and split lips, according to court testimony. Once, he told his teacher that his mother had shot him with a BB gun. Twice, he asked his teacher to […]


Celtic Boys Club founder at centre of fresh child sexual abuse claims

April 12, 2017 ·  By Josh Halliday for

Jim Torbett was jailed for two years in 1998 for abusing three former Celtic Boys Club players. Photograph: Spindrift

BBC Scotland investigation alleges Jim Torbett abused boys during two stints at football club from mid-60s to 1996 Fresh allegations of child sexual abuse have been made against the founder of Celtic Boys Club and a former Rangers youth coach. A BBC Scotland investigation claims Jim Torbett sexually abused boys during two stints at Celtic […]


Man accused of beating kids, using dog shock collar on them

April 11, 2017 · 


A married man beat and abused his two young children for years, even shocking them with an electric dog collar and jamming small blades under their nails, and fractured his wife’s skull in an assault that sent her to a hospital, prosecutors said. Joseph Myhre punched, kicked, choked and otherwise abused the boy, who’s now […]

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