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‘False prophet’: Duterte, the Catholic Church and the fight for the soul of the Philippines

March 30, 2017 ·  By Emily Rauhala for

Relatives and friends of victims of extrajudicial killings leave Manila’s Baclaran Church for a vigil Feb. 17, 2017. (Jes Aznar/For The Washington Post)

MANILA — A world of sin. A weary savior. Filipinos know the story well. Since coming to power last summer, President Rodrigo Duterte has used biblical language to build a case for mass killings, vowing to sacrifice himself, even his son, to cleanse the nation of crime. Conjuring a world in which evil stalks the […]


Duterte plays a winning hand with foreign policy, but will his luck run out?

March 30, 2017 ·  By Asia & Pacific for


MANILA — Rodrigo Duterte does not need your money. But he will take it. Since his electoral triumph last summer, the man famous for cursing foreign leaders and calling for mass killing seems to be raking in the cash for Manila. A tidy $24 billion in deals with China. Fresh billions from Japan. Not to […]


Duterte leading Time poll on world’s most influential people

March 29, 2017 ·  By Argyll Cyrus Geducos for

President Rodrigo Duterte (Credits: Ace Morandante | Presidential Photo | Manila Bulletin file photo)

President Duterte is leading an initial poll for Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people for 2017, Malacañang spokesperson Ernesto Abella disclosed on Monday, March 27. “President Duterte is grateful to the Filipino people all over the world for their support for him and his agenda of real change in Philippine society,” he said in a […]


LETTER:Violence Against Children

March 29, 2017 · 

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UN child rights envoy urges PH not to lower age of criminal responsibility

March 29, 2017 ·  By ABS-CBN News for


MANILA – The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children (VAC) urged the Philippine government not to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility, and instead improve the implementation of the country’s juvenile justice law. In a letter sent to President Aquilino Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez Jr. in […]


Philippine bishops welcome Duterte impeachment motion

March 27, 2017 ·  By reporter, Manila for


Prelate’s admit that move against president is doomed to fail in Congress At least two Catholic bishops have welcomed the filing of an impeachment motion against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for allegedly masterminding the killing of up to 8,000 suspected drug offenders. “This is a good move because it signals the seriousness of the situation […]


PNP extends olive branch to the church?


Father figures. Priests and pastors would make helpful additions to Tokhang operations, some Central Visayas police officials say. (SunStar File)

THE Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 will attempt a multi-sectoral approach to Oplan Tokhang, and has invited priests and pastors to participate. PRO 7 Director Noli Taliño said they await the answer of the religious sector to their proposal. “This will prove that our work doesn’t violate anything in relation to our Tokhang operation,” he […]


Duterte impeachment complaint ‘a fight for all Filipinos,’ says Alejano

March 23, 2017 ·  By Mara Cepeda for

THE COMPLAINANT. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano says he merely provided 'a venue for expression' to express dissent against President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Rappler

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano says he will seek support for the impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte in the coming weeks MANILA, Philippines – Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano said his filing of the first impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte is a battle meant to be fought in the name of all Filipinos. “I want […]


RAPPLER IQ Highlights: Impeachment complaint vs Duterte

March 21, 2017 ·  By for

Rep. Gary Alejano of the Magdalo Party-list group announce the filling of Impeachment charges against President Rodrigo Duterte at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on March 16, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The complaint says that given the unlawful activities and predicate crimes provided in the Anti-Money Laundering Act, there is basis for the House to direct AMLC to submit Duterte’s bank accounts and properties MANILA, Philippines – An impeachment complaint was filed by Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano on Thursday, March 16, against President Rodrigo Duterte. The […]


Death penalty is ‘anti-poor’ – rights group

March 16, 2017 ·  By Madonna T. Virola, Mar S. Arguelles, Michael Jaucian for


LEGAZPI CITY – A militant human rights group in Bicol said the poor would be the target of abuses should the death penalty bill be passed as a law. Vince Casilihan, Bayan Bicol spokesperson, said the death penalty is not the solution to crime. “It has been proven in other countries that having death penalty […]

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