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Archbishop Soc condemns killings in Christmas message

January 3, 2017 ·  By

Churchgoers view photos of alleged extrajudicial killings displayed outside the Baclaran Church. (Photo by Vincent Go)

MANILA, Dec. 25, 2016— Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan has denounced the spate of summary executions, in his traditional Christmas Day pastoral message. In his seventh Christmas message as Pangasinan prelate, he highlighted how the “ugliness” of extrajudicial killings is destroying Christmas as a feast of “beauty”. “We have Christmas but there is blood spilling […]


NBI exec disputes Unicef data on PH child porn

January 3, 2017 ·  By Annelle Tayao-Juego - Reporter for


An official of the National Bureau of Investigation took exception to an assessment made by a senior official of the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) who described the country as the “epicenter of live-stream sexual abuse.” NBI Cybercrime Division executive officer Victor Lorenzo said Unicef cited figures that were “way too high” compared to […]


Are there enough laws to curb child pornography in PH?

December 30, 2016 ·  By Maila Ager - Reporter for


The reported continued proliferation of child pornography despite the existence of various laws penalizing it has prompted Senator Grace Poe to file a resolution urging the Senate to look into it. Poe, in filing Senate Resolution No. 237, noted that child pornography and prostitution still persist despite the enactment of various laws that carry penalties […]



December 30, 2016 ·  By

The cathedral is lit in neon. Seventy-one feet of cement and adobe glow red and aquamarine and purple and blue. The spotlights change hue at half-second intervals. Colored stars dot the soaring walls. Potted shrubs strangle under strings of lights. The effect is a cross between a circus sideshow and a psychedelic dream, Lucy in […]


Duterte’s EJK supporters violate US immigration laws

December 30, 2016 ·  By Rodel Rodis for globalnation.inquirer.netu


From December 6 through December 14, 2016, the New York Times published four major articles on Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal extrajudicial killings of drug suspects, now averaging about 44 killed a day. In “They are slaughtering us!” (December 7, 2016), New York Times’ news photographer Daniel Berehulak expressed shock at the scale of the […]


Tagle celebrates Christmas Mass with prisoners

December 29, 2016 ·  By


Manila: Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila said illegal drugs “squander life” in the Philippines, but added that killing also does not offer hope to those who make mistakes. In an early morning Mass at the national prison on Dec. 17, the Manila prelate urged prisoners not to lose hope. “Life should be shared,” Cardinal […]


UN told: PH gov’t respect for human rights ‘resolute, uncompromising’

December 29, 2016 ·  By Estrella Torres for

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. AFP FILE PHOTO

The Philippine Mission to the United Nations in Geneva said the Duterte administration’s commitment to human rights is resolute and uncompromising and appealed to the international community to respect the government’s war on drugs. Ambassador Cecilia Rebong, permanent representative of the Philippines to UN and other International Organizations handed an aide memoire to Zeid Ra’ad […]


Lawmakers urge Duterte to undergo medical exam

December 21, 2016 ·  By

IN PAIN President Duterte has said he suffers from daily migraine and ailments, including Buerger’s disease, a cardiovascular illness characterized by inflammation of blood vessels usually due to smoking. —MALACAÑANG PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte’s admission that he used a powerful painkiller has prompted concern about his health, with lawmakers urging him on Sunday to undergo a medical examination and disclose the results. Mr. Duterte on Monday revealed that he used to take fentanyl, a drug often prescribed for cancer pain and other chronic ailments, because of […]


8 of 10 Filipinos fear getting killed in drug war

December 21, 2016 ·  By for

About 85 percent of Filipinos are ‘satisfied’ with the antidrug campaign of the Duterte administration despite 78 percent of them fearing that they could fall victim to extrajudicial killing. That was the result of the latest Social Weather Station survey done from Dec. 3 to 6, 2016. INQUIRER FILE

Nearly 8 out of 10 adult Filipinos are worried that they, or someone they know, would fall victim to extrajudicial killing amid the ongoing antidrug campaign of the Duterte administration, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed. A total of 78 percent of 1,500 respondents asked in the nationwide SWS survey expressed worry that […]


Philippines: Duterte confirms he personally killed three men

December 20, 2016 ·  By Asia for

Mr Duterte made the speech before leaving the country for visits to Cambodia and Singapore

The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has confirmed to the BBC that he shot dead three men while mayor of Davao. He said: “I killed about three of them… I don’t know how many bullets from my gun went inside their bodies. It happened and I cannot lie about it.” His statement came hours […]

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