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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 […]


Duterte signs law providing free internet in public places

August 10, 2017 ·  By Pia Ranada for


Republic Act 10929 requires public places like hospitals, transport terminals, and government offices to provide free internet in main congregation points MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos can expect to gain free Internet access when they visit any public establishment in the Philippines after President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No 10929. The new law, signed by […]


Boy, 8, rapes child ,earns sex acts from Internet in Arcade

August 10, 2017 ·  By SunStar Cebu for


A THREE-YEAR-OLD girl was traumatized after she was reportedly raped by her eight-year-old playmate in a southern Cebu town. The boy reportedly learned doing lewd acts by watching porn videos from “pisonet,” an arcade-style computer unit used for Internet surfing or online gaming. The girl’s mother said the boy’s older brother was around during the […]


One person raped per hour in PH – report

August 9, 2017 ·  By Yvette Morales, CNN Philippines for

Philippine Commission on Women Chairperson Rhodora Masilang-Bucoy believes life imprisonment is still a more appropriate punishment for convicted rapists.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — In the Philippines, one woman or child is raped every hour. This is based on police records, as cited by the Center for Women’s Resources (CWR), which showed that from January to October last year, there were 7,037 reported rape cases nationwide. Even the death penalty will not be able […]


Family of girl ‘booked’ by priest gets death threats

August 9, 2017 ·  By Jodee A. Agoncillo - Reporter for


The family of the 13-year-old girl who was allegedly pimped out by her friend to a priest has sought help from police after receiving death threats and phone calls from suspicious people. Eastern Police District director, Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula, on Wednesday said he had ordered the Marikina police to provide protection to the girl […]


Hontiveros to gov’t: Declare ‘national emergency’ over HIV spread in PH

August 7, 2017 ·  By for


Following a recent report of the Philippines having the fastest growing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic in the Asia-Pacific region, Senator Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday called on the government to declare a “national emergency” over the spread of the said infection. The Philippines has the highest incidence of the HIV infection in the Asia-Pacific region, […]


Military accused of killing, torturing Marawi refugees

August 7, 2017 ·  By Mark Saludes, Manila for

Members of the police's public safety unit bring Philippine flags as they take control over a portion of the city of Marawi. (Photo by Divina Suson)

Philippine aid workers report string of abuses committed against displaced people At least three people have been killed in a string of alleged human rights violations blamed on the military that also include acts of torture and enforced disappearances committed against people displaced by fighting in the southern Philippine city of Marawi, aid workers say. […]


Priest in trafficking of minor case posts bail

August 7, 2017 ·  By Jodee A. Agoncillo, Tina G. Santos for newsinfo.inquirer.netu

Fr. Arnel Lagarejos (covered in black jacket) is escorted out of the Marikina City Prosecutor’s Office after he was charged with violation of Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act on Saturday, July 29, 2017. PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER / JODEE AGONCILLO

Msgr. Arnel Lagarejos, a 55-year-old priest who was arrested while taking a 13-year-old girl to a motel, was released late Tuesday afternoon after posting bail worth P120,000, according to Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula, Eastern Police District director. Marikina City Prosecutor Ricardo Paet Jr. recommended the bail. Accompanied by his lawyer, Lagarejos came out of the […]


Church didn’t pay for arrested priest’s bail—archbishop

August 7, 2017 ·  By Pathricia Ann V. Roxas for

Retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz . INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz said the Church did not pay for the bail of a Taytay priest who was arrested for “booking” a 13-year-old girl for sex. “Not even one centavo,” Cruz said in a statement posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website Wednesday. This is following the release of suspended […]


Lumad schools tell Duterte: We’re not Reds

August 4, 2017 ·  By Philippine Daily Inquirer for

Students of Alcadev and TRIFPSS at a flag-raising ceremony before classes in an evacuation center in Tandag City where they fled after militia men attacked “Lumad” communities in Surigao del Sur. —NICO ALCONABA

DAVAO CITY—If the military bombs Lumad schools to heed one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s rants against communist guerrillas, it would blow up not only structures but also photos of Mr. Duterte. Just like any public school, classrooms in Lumad learning institutions have photos of Philippine presidents, including Mr. Duterte’s. The President had threatened to order […]

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