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Duterte curfew: Kids’ parents to be arrested

May 17, 2016 · 


DAVAO CITY—Presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte would order the arrest of parents of children who would be found roaming the streets past the 10 p.m. curfew that the clear winner in the presidential race would enforce nationwide and which had gained success in this city. Duterte said the 10 p.m. curfew would apply to unescorted minors. […]


The Victims of the Davao Death Squad : Consolidated Report 1998-2015

May 6, 2016 · 


By Fr. Amado Picardal, CSsR   Exec. Sec. of the Basic Ecclesial Communities Desk of the CBCP     I RECENTLY received a consolidated report of the killings perpetrated by the Davao Death Squad (DDS) since 1998 up to the end of 2015.  The source will not be mentioned for obvious reasons. Suffice it to say that […]


Drought forcing farmers to eat rats, Caritas slams government

May 2, 2016 ·  By PHILIPPINES for


Peter Geremia, a PIME missionary Arakan Valley, describes the tragic situation farmers face as a result of El Niño. For him, “Rice distribution is proceeding too slowly”. On 1 April, police killed two protesters demanding rice. Caritas blames the authorities for not handing out financial aid to the agricultural sector. Davao (AsiaNews) – The situation […]


Politician’s joke shows why abuse victims cower in silence.

April 25, 2016 · 


 Philippine presidential candidate dismisses daughter’s rape confession. It takes a lot of courage for women to come out as victims of rape or other forms of abuse in the Philippines. The front-runner in this year’s presidential elections has just shown why so many cower in silence. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who likes to boast […]


‘Dirty Harry’ calls bishops ‘dumb’ for not getting ‘rape joke

April 25, 2016 · 


‘Despite his ‘bad mouth’ presidential election frontrunner says he can provide country a ‘clean government’   A Philippine mayor running for president in this year’s national elections called the country’s Catholic bishops “dumb” for misunderstanding his comments on rape. “They’re dumb as they don’t understand what I said. It was slang,” said Rodrigo Duterte, mayor […]


Duterte refuses to say sorry for rape remark.

April 19, 2016 · 

Presidential election survey frontrunner Davao city mayor Rodrigo Duterte speaks at concert in Quezon City on April 12

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Rodrigo Duterte won’t apologize, the presidency be damned. Blame his controversial statement on the raped Australian missionary on “gutter language” from his childhood days, said the presidential bet in his statement caught on video. He was responding to public outrage over a “joke” he made during his campaign rally in Amoranto Stadium on […]


Religious congregations protest and condemn massacre of farmers.

April 11, 2016 · 


  We, consecrated men and women members of the Religious Discernment Group, strongly condemn the wicked, violent and unjust dispersal of the farmers and lumads in Kidapawan last March 30.  Reeling from the effects of drought brought about by El Nino, these hungry farmers occupied the Kidapawan highway to demand from the government the immediate […]


Drought takes a terrible toll on poor Filipino farmers

April 11, 2016 · 

A farmer walks by a parched pond in a remote village in Libungan, North Cotabato. The province is one of the most heavily affected by El Niño damaging thousands of hectares of agricultural land. KEITH BACONGCO

Worst dry spell in years is forcing rural folk to take desperate measures   Swathes of corn stand withered on the parched rolling hills near the farming town of Arakan in the southern Philippines, while shallow cracks scar what were once fertile rice paddies. El Nino is wreaking havoc in agriculture-rich Cotabato province. Allan Salon, […]


North Cotabato gov slammed for threatening bishop

April 8, 2016 ·  By Voltaire Tupaz for


Governor Emmylou Mendoza threatened to sue United Methodist Church bishop Ciriaco Francisco for ‘harboring’ farmers protesting in Kidapawan MANILA, Philippines – Church groups, including the United Methodist Church (UMC), condemned North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza for threatening a UMC bishop who accommodated farmers protesting in Kidapawan. In a letter Friday, April 1, Mendoza threatened to […]


iBBM Files Plunder Complaint Against Marcos for 205 Million Pesos in PDAF Funnelled to Napoles NGOs

April 8, 2016 · 


“So plunders the father, so plunders the son,” said iBalik Ang Bilyones ng Mamamayan (iBBM) spokesperson and primary complainant, Rafaela David. iBBM today filed a complaint/affidavit asking the Ombudsman to investigate the 205 million Pesos in PDAF that Vice Presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. is suspected of funneling to fake NGOs part of the […]

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