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Eight tribal leaders shot dead by Philippine troops

December 13, 2017 · 

People in Manila flock to an exhibition on rights violations against indigenous people fighting against the encroachment of big development projects on their ancestral lands. (Inday Espina-Varona)

Two soldiers also die in what military claims was a clash with rebel group Religious leaders and human rights workers condemned the killing of eight tribal members during a military offensive on Dec. 3 against communist rebels on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. A military spokesman claimed all the dead were members of the […]


New drug war deadline? ‘Give me another year’ – Duterte

December 13, 2017 ·  By Pia Ranada for

FIGHTING DRUGS. President Rodrigo Duterte skims through the report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as he explains the effects of various illegal drugs while delivering his speech on December 5, 2017. Malacañang photo

The President says he will no longer respond to criticisms of his drug war by human rights groups MANILA, Philippines – A new deadline for his controversial drug war? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday, December 6, that he may need only just one more year to suppress drugs. “Basta sabi ko sa droga […]


Slain students ‘full-time’ rebs

December 13, 2017 ·  By Maricar Cinco - Correspondent for

Some of the assault rifles recovered by government forces from communist rebels following a clash in Nasugbu, Batangas.—MARRAH ERIKA RABE

SAN PEDRO CITY—The youngsters slain in what the military said was a clash with soldiers in Batangas province were full-time guerrillas belonging to the New People’s Army (NPA), not new recruits as some officials earlier said. Maj. Gen. Rhoderick Parayno, head of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division, said the killings of 15 supposed members of […]


Kids arrested, abused in war on illegal drugs

December 12, 2017 ·  By Jodee A. Agoncillo, Mariejo S. Ramos for

Chief Insp. Maimona Macasasa—CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

(Last of two parts) Under pressure to show they are winning the fight against narcotics, police are raiding alleged drug dens with increasing frequency. But among those regularly picked up are children, who are sometimes manhandled the same way adult criminals are. A police manual revised in October last year prohibits physically harming children in […]


Businessman held for girl’s alleged rape

December 12, 2017 ·  By Robertzon Ramirez for


MANILA, Philippines — A 71-year-old businessman was arrested in an entrapment operation at a condominium unit in Makati City on Wednesday after he allegedly raped a ninth-grade student, the Southern Police District (SPD) said yesterday. Elias Cosme, who runs a real estate business, was apprehended by police officers and social workers at a condominium in […]


The killings continue

December 12, 2017 ·  By Philippine Daily Inquirer for

Philippine National Police examines a crime scene in Manila

In the short period that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency took over the antidrug war, the high body count that had characterized the campaign appeared to significantly decrease. According to the agency’s own tally, starting from Oct. 11 when President Duterte ordered all drug operations transferred from the Philippine National Police to the PDEA, the […]


Paedophile arrest in Philippines reveals rising cases of child abuse streamed online

December 11, 2017 ·  By

In this April 20, 2017, photo, investigators check a room in the home of suspected child webcam cybersex operator, David Timothy Deakin, from Peoria, Ill., during a raid in Mabalacat, Philippines.(AP Photo)

Deakin’s arrest April 20 reveals one of the darkest corners of the internet, where paedophiles in the US, Europe and elsewhere pay facilitators in the Philippines to sexually abuse children, even babies, directing their moves through online livestreaming services. The suspected paedophile could see people banging on his front door. But were they neighbours? Cops? […]


Gov’t can lose ‘moral mandate’ due to RevGov – Villegas

December 7, 2017 ·  By Paterno Esmaquel II for

REVGOV TALKS. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas says in a Rappler Talk interview on December 1, 2017, that the Philippines does not need a revolutionary government. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

In a Rappler Talk interview, Archbishop Socrates Villegas says Filipinos did not elect their current leaders just to form a revolutionary government MANILA, Philippines – Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas warned that the government can lose its “moral mandate” if it pursues a revolutionary government (RevGov) that Filipinos will find unlawful. “Kung sakali na ‘yung taumbayan […]


Activist priest killed in Nueva Ecija gun attack

December 7, 2017 ·  By Ding Cervantes for


CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, Philippines — A retired Catholic priest was killed by unidentified gunmen in Jaen, Nueva Ecija, police said yesterday. Marcelito Paez, 72, was driving his Toyota Innova van along the Jaen-Zaragoza Road when motorcyle-riding gunmen blocked his path and opened fire at his vehicle in Barangay Lambakin late Monday. Paez succumbed to multiple […]


Dengue vaccine dangerous to first time victims

December 5, 2017 ·  By JOSEPH TRISTAN ROXAS, GMA News for


A pharmaceutical company has advised against prescribing the dengue vaccine Dengvaxia to patients who have not succumbed to the virus in the past, since it may cause severe diseases in the long run. After six years of studying clinical data, Sanofi on Wednesday said it has found out that Dengvaxia was only beneficial in the […]

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