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October, 2017

Battle is won but not the war, Philippine bishops warn

October 30, 2017 ·  By Joe Torres and Mark Saludes, Manila for


Despite end to Marawi hostilities further outbreaks of terror in Mindanao are likely, they say Radical extremism remains a threat in Mindanao despite the Philippine government declaring on Oct. 23 an end to months of armed clashes with Islamic State-inspired gunmen in the city of Marawi, according to a senior churchman. Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of […]


Drug claims vs Roxas, Drilon part of admin’s diversionary tactic – LP

October 30, 2017 ·  By Camille Elemia for

DIVERSION? The Liberal Party hits the drug accusations against its former presidential bet Manuel Roxas II and Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon.

‘This latest drug allegation against prominent members of Partido Liberal clearly proves that this administration is going all-out to demonize the party in the eyes of the public,’ the party says MANILA, Philippines – The Liberal Party slammed the drug allegations against its stalwarts, former LP presidential bet Manuel Roxas II and Senate Minority Leader […]


Aegis Juris fratman turns state witness, tells all

October 27, 2017 ·  By Lian Buan for

STATE WITNESS. Mark Ventura (middle) signs the document on his admission into the Witness Protection Program in connection with the case of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III. Photo courtesy of DOJ

(3rd UPDATE) Mark Ventura tells investigators that when the fratmen at the initiation rites saw Atio Castillo move after he collapsed, they paddled him again MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Mark Ventura, an Aegis Juris fratenity member and suspect in the fatal hazing of Horacio “Atio” Castillo III, became a state witness in the case […]


Duterte to Iloilo Mayor Mabilog: ‘You’re next’

October 27, 2017 ·  By Pia Ranada for

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the ASEAN Law Association (ALA) Governing Council Commemorative Session and Concert Program at the Malacañan Palace on October 25, 2017, tackles the enormity of the illegal drug problem on the country and how he intends to address the issue. Malacañan Photo

President Rodrigo Duterte also admits he personally ordered the raid that killed Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr MANILA, Philippines – “You’re next.” This was President Rodrigo Duterte’s brief but chilling warning to Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog on Wednesday, October 25. Speaking at an ASEAN Law Association event in Malacañang, Duterte said: “The mayor […]


Sarah Gotham and Craig Forbes jailed for live streaming child abuse

October 27, 2017 ·  By Devon for

Craig Forbes was jailed for eight years and Sarah Gotham was sentenced to nine years

A couple who sexually assaulted a child and live streamed the abuse to an American paedophile via Skype have been jailed. Sarah Gotham, 34, and Craig Forbes, 36, drugged and then abused the girl between December 2012 and March 2013. They streamed the abuse to convicted sex offender Kori Ellis, 42, who was in California, […]


Defending the Defenders of Human Rights

October 27, 2017 · 


Defending the Defenders of Human Rights Fr. Shay Cullen. 27 October 2017 Child abusers inhabit the earth. There are hundreds of millions of child victims. One in every four children are said to be victims of sexual abuse. It may be a secret crime but it is very common. In Ireland, a group of victim–survivors […]


Child sex abuse redress scheme to cap payments at $150,000 and exclude some criminals

October 26, 2017 · 


Social Services Minister Christian Porter said the response of institutions to claims of child abuse were “inadequate”. “No child should ever experience what we know occurred,” he told the House of Representatives. “The establishment of this scheme is an acknowledgment that sexual abuse suffered by children in institutions operated by a number of governments was […]


Child abuse images viewed by ‘horrifying’ number of people

October 26, 2017 ·  By Mattha Busby for

Dave Thompson of West Midlands police said he was ‘staggered’ by the scale of online crime involving child abuse images. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Senior police officer calls for nationwide debate on how to address extent of online crime A “horrifying” number of people in the UK are looking at images of child abuse online, according to one of the country’s leading police officers. Dave Thompson, the chief constable of West Midlands police, told the Commons home affairs select […]


U.S. to resume refugee admissions; 11 countries still blocked

October 25, 2017 · 

WELCOME. In this file photo, people look over the arrivals board at JFK International Airport's Terminal 4, February 4, 2017 in New York. Bryan R. Smith/AFP

The United States will resume accepting refugees after a 120-day ban, but arrivals from 11 ‘high-risk’ countries, most of them home to Muslim majorities, will still be blocked WASHINGTON DC, USA – The United States will resume accepting refugees after a 120-day ban, but arrivals from 11 “high-risk” countries, most of them home to Muslim […]


Police ‘let down’ modern slavery victims, says report

October 25, 2017 ·  By UK for


Victims of modern slavery are being let down “at every stage” by police in England and Wales, a report has said. Cases had been closed without any inquiries being made, and in some cases detectives didn’t speak to the victims, the Inspectorate of Constabulary said. The study, which looked at 10 police forces, found some […]

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