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August, 2017

Duterte on Fentanyl use: Felt like cloud nine

August 15, 2017 ·  By ABS-CBN News for


MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday brought up again his controversial use of pain reliever Fentanyl. In a speech in Davao City, Duterte admitted that he took more than the required dosage of the pain reliever because apart from easing his burden, it also made him feel like he was “on cloud nine.” “Iyung […]


Philippine women, children trapped in cycles of abuse

August 15, 2017 ·  By Inday Espina-Varona, Manila for

Children watch passersby in a remote village of Cebu. Cases of criminal abuses against women and their children also rose by 200 percent in the Philippines, reports say. (Photo by Joe Torres)

Family, societal pressures create a permanent underclass Children make up 77 percent of rape survivors in the Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country, and the crime occurs at a rate of two every minute. Midyear 2015 data released by the national police showed rape cases surging 63.5 percent to 8,288 from 5,069 recorded in the first […]


Philippines: Mandatory College Drug Tests Imperil Students

August 14, 2017 ·  By

Students protest extrajudicial killings at a university in metro Manila, Philippines, September 30, 2016. © 2016 Reuters

Duterte’s Campus Anti-Drug Plans Threaten Student Safety, Education Rights (Manila) – The Philippine government’s plan for mandatory drug testing for all college students and applicants seriously threatens their safety and right to education, Human Rights Watch said today. On August 2, 2017, the official Commission on Higher Education, which produces “plans, policies and strategies” for […]


Child abuse Royal Commission releases criminal justice report with 85 recommendations

August 14, 2017 ·  By SHANNON DEERY, Herald Sun for

Priests would be charged for failing to report confessions of child sexual abuse in a range of sweeping recommendations of the child abuse royal commission.

PRIESTS would be charged for failing to report confessions of child sexual abuse in a range of sweeping recommendations issued by the child abuse Royal Commission. The recommendations is one of 85 in a criminal justice report published today by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It says the recommendations are […]


Authorities ‘failed to intervene’ in Kimberley child abuse case: WA inquest told

August 14, 2017 ·  By

Mr Coltman said teachers "don't really get anywhere" when they refer concerns of child abuse to welfare agencies due to a lack of resourcing. Photo: Mayu Kanamori

One of the last people to speak to a 13-year-old boy from a remote Western Australian Aboriginal community before he killed himself has told an inquest child protection authorities failed to intervene despite reports of domestic violence. A coronial inquest into a cluster of suicides by 13 young indigenous people in the Kimberley heard former […]


Child abuse royal commission calls for dozens of law changes including new confession rules

August 14, 2017 · 


Clergy who fail to report information about child sexual abuse heard during confession would face criminal charges under a series of sweeping changes to the criminal justice system recommended in a new report. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has detailed 85 proposed changes to the law in a report released […]


Pope Francis to make surprise visit to Myanmar on peace mission

August 14, 2017 ·  By John Zaw, Mandalay and Michael Sainsbury, Yangon Myanmar for

A priest hears confession in Shan State, Myanmar. There are about 700,000 Catholics in the Buddhist-majority country. ( photo)

Main impetus behind pope’s visit is to help Myanmar make peace with the Roghinyas, says senior clergyman Pope Francis will focus on trying to improve the troubles of about a million ethnic Muslim Rohingyas when he visits Myanmar, in the first ever papal visit to the country, in the last week of November after being […]


UK family found guilty of enslaving homeless and disabled people

August 14, 2017 ·  By Jamie Grierson for

Convicted gang members (top row, L-R): Bridget Rooney, 55, Gerald Rooney, 46, John Rooney, 53, John Rooney, 31, Lawrence Rooney, 47, Martin Rooney, 35; (bottom row, L-R): Martin Rooney Sr, 57, Martin Rooney, 23, Patrick Rooney, 54, Patrick Rooney, 31, and Peter Doran, 36. Photograph: EPA/Lincolnshire police/Handout

Lincolnshire gang forced at least 18 victims to work for little or no pay and live in squalor for up to 26 years Eleven members of a Lincolnshire family have been convicted of a series of modern slavery offences after forcing at least 18 victims – including homeless people and some with learning disabilities – […]


Priest, 2 others busted in buy-bust in Paniqui

August 11, 2017 ·  By Mar T. Supnad for


Paniqui, Tarlac – An addict priest? This was the question in the minds of a religious congregation in Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija, following a police buy-bust operation that resulted in the arrest of their priest and two other individuals in Barangay Poblacion Norte, Paniqui, Tarlac last Monday. Superintendent Joel Mendoza, Paniqui police chief, identified the arrested […]


Police paid convicted child rapist to spy on Newcastle sex abusers

August 11, 2017 ·  By Frances Perraudin for

After he was recruited by police, XY was arrested in 2015 on suspicion of a sexual offence against an underage girl. Photograph: Christopher Thomond/for the Guardian

Northumbria police gave man known as XY nearly £10,000 over 21 months in order to gather evidence for Operation Shelter A convicted child rapist was controversially paid nearly £10,000 by police to spy on the network of men who were sexually abusing young women and girls in Newcastle, it can now be reported. The court […]

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