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1 in 3 Filipino kids still malnourished, stunted – study

April 19, 2017 ·  By Patty Pasion for

SATIATING HUNGER. Children wait their turn at a feeding program for informal settlers in Quezon City. File photo by Rolex dela Peña/ EPA

The study also notes that 20% of kids under 5 years old die due to poor health services MANILA, Philippines – Poor nutrition remains a major problem in the Philippines with 3.4 million children found to be stunted and over 300,000 underweight – all under 5 years old. A study released by the Inter-Agency Regional […]


Reviving death penalty violates treaty obligations — int’l experts

April 18, 2017 ·  By TINA PANGANIBAN-PEREZ, GMA News for


Two international experts on law and the death penalty on Thursday warned the Philippines that reimposing capital punishment would violate the country’s international treaty obligations and might result in the country being an international pariah. Prof. Baron Marc Bossuyt, president emeritus of the Constitutional Court of Belgium and a member of the United Nations Committee […]


PHILIPPINES PH should honor treaties vs death penalty, UN body tells Pimentel

April 18, 2017 ·  By Camille Elemia for

TREATY OBLIGATIONS. A United Nations body writes to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, reminding him of the country's treaty obligations against death penalty.

The United Nations Human Rights Committee calls on the Philippines to take its treaty obligation seriously MANILA, Philippines – A United Nations body wrote anew to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, warning the Philippines against taking any “retrogressive measures” on the death penalty following the bill’s passage in the House of Representatives. In a letter […]


Bishop tells Philippine govt leaders, faithful to repent

April 18, 2017 ·  By Philippines for

Filipino Catholics visit churches to pay homage to the Lord as part of the traditional observance of Holy Week in the Philippines. (Photo by Angie de Silva)

Marbel prelate’s Holy Week message calls for unity in what has become a divided nation A Catholic bishop in the Philippines has called on the country’s government leaders to repent and confess their sins. Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez of Marbel said the observance of Holy Week is an opportunity for those holding office in government to […]


Hope in resurrection, hope against killings

April 17, 2017 ·  By Mary Aileen Bacalso, Manila for

Filipino activists call for a stop to drug-related killings during a protest march in time for the observance of Holy Week. (Photo by Vincent Go)

Do not repeat the execution of Christ through the legalized killing of his beloved people It is ironic that days after Philippine legislators passed a law that aims to re-impose capital punishment, most Filipinos observe the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ with so much “piety” this week. Not content with the 8,000 deaths […]


Duterte cancels visit to disputed South China Sea island after warning from Beijing

April 17, 2017 ·  By Staff and agencies for

Earlier this month Rodrigo Duterte said he planned to raise the Philippine flag on the island of Thitu, in the South China Sea, and that he had ‘ordered the armed forces to occupy’ the disputed chain. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

Duterte cancels visit to disputed South China Sea island after warning from Beijing The Philippines’ president, Rodrigo Duterte, has cancelled a planned visit to an island the Philippines claims in the disputed South China Sea, after Beijing warned him against the visit. The brash Philippine leader last week announced his plan to raise the Philippine […]



April 11, 2017 ·  By


NOORDWIJK, The Netherlands—The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) announced today their agreement on an interim joint ceasefire. In a formal ceremony presided by the Royal Norwegian Government facilitator Elisabeth Slattum, the parties signed the document entitled Agreement on an Interim Joint Ceasefire they […]


To kids, Duterte promises death for criminals

April 10, 2017 ·  By Pia Ranada for www.rappler.comu

CHIEF SCOUT. New Chief Scout, President Rodrigo Duterte, poses for a photo with young Boy Scouts on April 3, 2017. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

‘Talagang pumapatay ako ng tao, ‘pag ginalaw ninyo ang mga anak namin,’ the President tells an audience of kids as young as 4 years old MANILA, Philippines – The presence of children as young as 4 years old did not stop President Rodrigo Duterte from issuing forceful threats of death to criminals and drug addicts. […]


Duterte’s trust rating dips in March poll

April 5, 2017 ·  By Pia Ranada for

MEASURING TRUST. President Rodrigo Duterte's trust rating dips from December 2016 to March 2017, according to Pulse Asia. Malacañang photo

President Rodrigo Duterte gains more approval and trust from well-to-do Filipinos but appears to be losing trust among the poorest, based on the latest Pulse Asia survey MANILA, Philippines – While President Rodrigo Duterte continues to sustain his popularity among most Filipinos, the results of a new survey show his biggest drop in public trust […]


Human rights part of trade conditions, EU reminds PH

April 3, 2017 ·  By Paterno Esmaquel II for

HUMAN RIGHTS. EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen denies that the EU is 'imposing' human rights conventions on the Philippines. File photo from the EU Delegation to the Philippines' Facebook page

(3rd UPDATE) ‘It’s not 27 [human rights] conventions that we are imposing on you. It’s 27 conventions that you already signed up for in the UN system,’ EU Ambassador Franz Jessen says MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Slammed by President Rodrigo Duterte for supposedly meddling in domestic affairs, the European Union (EU) denied it is […]

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