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Cops rescue 6 female minors being pimped to foreign tourists

July 27, 2017 ·  By Jun A. Malig for

Pseudonyms have been used for the minors in this story to protect their identities.

The two sisters’ decisive action results in the arrest of 3 suspected female pimps and the rescue of 4 girls aged 13, 14, 15, and 17 ANGELES CITY, Philippines – Minutes after allegedly being sexually abused by a Japanese tourist, sisters Elisa, 16, and Emma, 13 (not their real names), realized they could no longer […]


I will never go to America- Duterte.

July 26, 2017 ·  By Jeannette I. Andrade, Jhoanna Ballaran, Philip C. Tubeza - @inquirerdotnet for

Rodrigo Duterte

A United States lawmaker on Thursday said President Duterte “should not be invited” to the White House, citing the President’s dismal human rights record. In his opening statement at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission’s investigation of Mr. Duterte’s war on drugs, Massachusetts Rep. James McGovern vowed to lead a protest. “President Duterte, by all […]


SWS: 10.1M Pinoys rate themselves poor

July 26, 2017 ·  By Philippine Daily Inquirer for


An estimated 10.1 million Filipino families considered themselves poor during the second quarter of this year, a 1.4 million decrease from the self-rated poverty figure in the previous quarter, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. The survey, conducted from June 23-26, showed that 44 percent of the 1,200 heads of households who […]


Young Catholics offer hope to Mindanao’s street children

July 25, 2017 ·  By Bong Sarmiento, General Santos City for

A volunteer teaches young street children to read and write during a weekend activity of the Catholic youth group "Do Life Big" in the southern Philippine city of General Santos. (Photo by Bong Sarmiento)

Youth group sets aside Sunday afternoons to teach impoverished youngsters to read and write A group of young Catholics in the southern Philippine city of General Santos is offering hope to homeless tribal children by teaching them to read and write. The group of young professionals and college students gather every Sunday in the city’s […]


Bishop, military lose contact with priest held by Maute men

July 25, 2017 ·  By Philippine Daily Inquirer for

Fr. Teresito Suganob

ILIGAN CITY—Marawi City Bishop Edwin dela Peña said he continued to pray for the safety of Fr. Teresito Suganob after he and military officials had lost contact with the priest’s captors following the release of the video in May appealing to President Duterte to stop the aerial strike in the Lanao del Sur provincial capital. […]


13 SBMA execs sued over ‘unaccounted assets’

July 24, 2017 ·  By Philippine Daily Inquirer for

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chair Martin Diño leads the distribution of rice to some 200 workers inside the Subic Bay Freeport. —ALLAN MACATUNO

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—Martin Diño, chair of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), on Wednesday charged 13 officials with malversation, grave misconduct, serious dishonesty and grave abuse of authority in the Office of the Ombudsman over “unaccounted assets” and lapses in disbursement transactions. Diño filed complaints against Deputy Administrator for Administration Ruel John Kabigting; Deputy Administrator […]


Philippine churches offer sanctuary to rights abuse victims

July 24, 2017 ·  By Mark Saludes, Manila Philippines for

Members of the Ecumenical Bishops' Forum expressed their opposition to the declaration of martial law in the southern Philippines during a media briefing in Manila on July 19. (Photo by Mark Saludes)

Religious leaders respond to Duterte’s call to extend martial law in southern region An ecumenical bishops’ group in the Philippines announced that member churches will open its doors as sanctuaries for victims of human rights violations. The prelates made the announcement after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte urged Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao until […]


Karapatan slams move to extend martial law in Mindanao

July 21, 2017 ·  By for

Photo from Karapatan

An alliance of human rights groups criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to extend martial law in Mindanao, saying it would lead to a “collision course” against “people’s rights.” “The plot is becoming predictable. Dependent on the dictates of US-loyal military lapdogs, Duterte has set the stage ready for martial law extension and its possible expansion,” […]


Even 2-month-old babies can be cybersex victims – watchdog

July 17, 2017 ·  By Patty Pasion for


International Justice Mission says abuse comes in many forms, with children’s parents even sometimes involved in their own exploitation MANILA, Philippines – Eight in 10 victims rescued from online sexual exploitation are minors, with some of them as young as two months old, said International Justice Mission (IJM). IJM, a human rights group handling cases […]


New law bans ‘mail-order bride, groom’ businesses

July 17, 2017 · 


MANILA – A bill that places heavy penalties for businesses peddling Filipino “mail-order spouses” is now a law, scoring a point for the protection of vulnerable single Filipinos. The law, which was approved by the upper and lower houses earlier this year, was referred to then-President Benigno Aquino III for signing. However, as it was […]

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