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Philippine villagers claim victory over mining firm

August 22, 2016 ·  By Joel Torres, Manila for

A man stands on one of the sites of a nickel ore mine on Manicani Island in the central Philippines. (Photo courtesy of A. Tan Singco)

Government slaps suspension order on company stopping removal of nickel ore from island mine Residents of a small island in the central Philippines were celebrating a victory on Aug. 18 after the government ordered a mining company to stop removing nickel ore stockpiles from their village. The removal of the ore was ruining local ecosystems, […]


Wrongly accused US man freed from PH jail after 5 years

August 18, 2016 ·  By Associated Press / U.S Bureau for

Scott McMahon, freed after five years. WEBSITE

MANILA — An American man jailed in the Philippines for more than five years was freed Tuesday, August 2 after being acquitted of rape. A court in metropolitan Manila cleared Scott McMahon, of Seattle, after finding no clear evidence that he committed rape, as a Filipino woman alleged, a court official said on condition of […]


Cop who linked PNP execs to drugs found dead

August 17, 2016 ·  By Norman Mendoza for

CEBU CITY—PO2 Ryan Casiban left his post as desk officer of the police station in Cordova town in northern Cebu province early morning of Aug. 10, even if his shift had yet to end. Two days later, his decomposing body was found on a vacant lot near a firing range in Lapu-Lapu City, with a […]


Dela Rosa: No investigation can stop PNP’s war vs drugs

August 17, 2016 ·  By Julliane Love De Jesus for

DRESSING DOWN Local government officials and policemen linked by President Duterte to the illegal drug trade get a dressing down from PNP chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa in Camp Crame, Quezon City. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

With clean hearts and untainted consciences. That is how Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa and top police officials will face the Senate when it conducts an inquiry on the increasing number of extrajudicial executions amid the government’s drug war, he said. The Senate has summoned Dela Rosa and other PNP officials to […]


PH now a human trafficking destination

August 11, 2016 ·  By Julie M. Aurelio for


The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is stepping up its screening of incoming foreigners after the discovery of an alleged syndicate trafficking Vietnamese workers to the Philippines. The agency recently interviewed scores of overstaying Vietnamese who had said they were illegally recruited by an agency to work as house helpers in the Philippines. BI spokesperson Tonette […]


Bishop: Shall we become a generation of murderers?

August 9, 2016 ·  By Paterno Esmaquel II for

I'M A PUSHER.' A woman mourns the loss of her husband, next to a placard which reads, 'I'm a pusher.' Her husband was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in Manila on July 23, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Archbishop Socrates Villegas releases the strongest statement by a Catholic leader against the bloody anti-drug war waged by President Rodrigo Duterte MANILA, Philippines – While other bishops have remained silent on the recent killings in the Philippines, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas is set to preach his warning on Sunday, August 7, against the Duterte administration’s […]



August 9, 2016 ·  By Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas for

'ENOUGH.' This is the message of Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas against the recent killings connected to the war against illegal drugs. Screenshot from RTVM

‘From a generation of drug addicts, shall we become a generation of street murderers?’ I do not have to be a bishop to say this. I do not have to be a Catholic to be disturbed by the killings that jar us every time we hear or watch or read the news. Lay aside the […]


Duterte to name and shame ‘narco’ officials

August 9, 2016 ·  By

Alleged drug lord Rolando Espinosa (left) with police chief Ronald dela Rosa, after surrendering on Tuesday. President Duterte threatened to have the former mayor "shot on sight". PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on crime has shifted into high gear, as he targets dozens of government officials he plans to shame publicly for their alleged involvement in the narcotics trade. Casualties continue to mount. On Wednesday, six bodyguards of Rolando Espinosa, a small-town mayor accused of running a big drug syndicate in the […]


Roque adds Voice VS Killings

August 8, 2016 · 


OFFICE OF REP. HARRY L. ROQUE PRESS RELEASE 05 AUGUST 2016 ROQUE ADDS VOICE VS KILLINGS Kabayan Party-list Representative Harry L. Roque on Friday called for law enforcers to investigate the growing number of extra-judicial killings and prosecute the killers in the government’s on-going campaign against illegal drugs. “The government cannot stand idly by while […]


Children in conflict with law

July 27, 2016 ·  By Jinky Cabildo and Matthew Reysio-Cruz for


JANSEN, 15, has no real place to call home. He used to be a street kid in Malabon City, where he joined a drug syndicate after running away from his father last year. He started using crystal meth and made enough money to get by. Last November, police arrested him for theft. Afterward, he slept […]

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