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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 […]


Child abuse on rise, DSWD report shows

March 9, 2017 ·  By DJ Yap for

DSWD Secretary Dr. Judy M. Taguiwalo    INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

As many as 2,147 cases of child abuse were reported to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the first quarter of this year, more than one–fourth of which was of a sexual nature. The figure was nearly half of the total 4,374 child abuse cases reported in the entire year of 2015, […]


Woman mistaken for convicted human trafficker freed by Cebu court

March 7, 2017 ·  By Ador Vincent S. Mayol for


CEBU CITY — A Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge has ordered the release of a female detainee who was arrested by agents of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Central Visayas (CIDG-7) after she was mistaken for a convicted human trafficker. In his order on Wednesday, Judge Jose Andal of RTC Branch 24 noted […]


Filipinos stage ‘show of force’ in support of life

February 27, 2017 ·  By Philippines for

Tribal people from the northern Philippines play music at the 'Walk for Like' in Manila on Feb. 18. (Photo by Angie de Silva)

More than 20,000 gather for ‘Walk of Life’ prayer rally against killings, death penalty Thousands of Catholics gathered in the Philippine capital Manila in a “show of force” against “anti-life” issues, including drug-related killings, the proposed revival of capital punishment, and abortion. An estimated 20,000 people gathered on Feb. 18 and carried placards as they […]


Philippine bid to jail nine-year-olds is ‘a great child violation’, Unicef says

February 16, 2017 · 

Unicef says a nine-year-old is unable to fully comprehend the consequences of a crime. Photograph: Jes Aznar/Getty Images

Duterte’s allies have been pushing to lower the age of criminal responsibility from 15 to nine A law proposing children as young as nine be jailed for crimes is “wrong from every angle”, the head of the United Nations children’s agency in the Philippines has warned. “If they grow up, spending their teenage years in […]

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