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Church, rights groups blame Duterte for rise in killings

July 26, 2016 ·  By reporter, Manila Philippines for

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the dead body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading "I'm a pusher", on a street in Manila. 
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on July 1 urged communist rebels to start killing drug traffickers, adding another layer to a controversial war on crime in which he has warned thousands will die. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Drug-related slayings have rocketed in the Philippines ‘as a result of president’s pronouncements’ Church and human rights groups in the Philippines have accused President Rodrigo Duterte of provoking what they described as an “unceasing rise in vigilantism” as the government continues its all-out war against illegal drugs. “What makes these spate of executions most worrisome […]


Biazon backs 9 years for criminal liability

July 19, 2016 ·  By Ben Rosario for


Muntinlupa City Representative Ruffino Biazon yesterday led a group of congressmen belonging to the so-called “supermajority” in declaring “full support” to the proposal to lower the age of criminal responsibility of minors from 15 years to just nine years. Filed by Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez and Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro, the bill seeks […]


Douglas Slade Jailed for 24 years


Victims: A 12-year-old boy who was abused by Douglas Slade three years ago, when he was just nine. He lives with his mother just 100 yards from the home that Slade built overlooking a primary school

A 10-year-old victim of Douglas Slade has told how the serial paedophile brandished guns and threatened to shoot the terrified boys he molested at his home in the Philippines if they reported him to police. The founder of Paedophile Information Exchange kept a shotgun and a handgun in the bedroom of his home and warned […]


Alvarez files bill lowering age of criminal liability

July 8, 2016 ·  By for

Incoming House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. RICHARD A. REYES/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

True to his word, Davao Del Norte Rep. Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez filed a bill seeking to lower the minimum age for criminal liability among minors being used as accomplices by criminals. Alvarez, the pick of President Rodrigo Duterte to lead as Speaker of the House of Representatives, chose this as the main push of the […]


For 1st time, PH meets US standards vs trafficking

July 7, 2016 ·  By Paterno Esmaquel II for

SUSPECTED TRAFFICKERS. A Filipino couple, suspected of engaging in trafficking in persons and child pornography, is escorted at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila, Philippines, on April 26, 2016. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

The Philippines becomes the only Southeast Asian country under Tier 1 of the US trafficking report – the parting legacy of former president Benigno Aquino III MANILA, Philippines – For the first time, the Philippines met the minimum standards of the United States against human trafficking, a $150-billion global industry that includes prostitution, forced labor, […]


Olongapo judge accused of extortion

July 5, 2016 ·  By Edu Punay for


MANILA, Philippines – A judge in Olongapo City is facing an administrative case before the Supreme Court (SC) for alleged extortion. In a two-page complaint filed on May 4 with the office of the court administrator, Singapore businessman Dinesh Singh said Olongapo City Regional Trial Court Branch 72 Judge Richard Paradeza tried to extort P1 […]


Senate will probe abuses in Rody’s anti-crime drive – Risa

June 20, 2016 ·  By Carmel Loise Matus for


CEBU CITY – Senator-elect Risa Hontiveros is pushing for a “strong” and an “independent” Senate to maintain the check and balance among the three branches of government. She told reporters after her oath-taking at the provincial capitol on Sunday that incoming President Rodrigo Duterte could not stop the senators from conducting inquiries into his anticrime […]


Philippine poor get hit early in Duterte-inspired crackdown

June 20, 2016 ·  By Associated Press for

In this Wednesday June 8, 2016 photo, a Filipino boys cries as he is apprehended by a social worker and police for violating a night to dawn curfew for minors in Manila, Philippines. In a crackdown, dubbed “Oplan Rody,” bearing Duterte’s name, police rounded up hundreds of children or their parents to enforce a night curfew for minors, and taken away drunk and shirtless men roaming metropolitan Manila’s slums. The poor, who were among Duterte’s strongest supporters, are getting a foretaste of the war against crime he has vowed to wage. AP

MANILA, Philippines — In a crackdown bearing the Philippine president-elect’s name, police have rounded up hundreds of children or their parents to enforce a night curfew for minors, and taken away drunk and shirtless men roaming metropolitan Manila’s slums. The poor, who were among Rodrigo Duterte’s strongest supporters, are getting a foretaste of the war […]


Baptist pastor who campaigned vs drugs shot dead in Cebu City

June 7, 2016 ·  By Ador Vincent Mayol for


CEBU CITY — A Baptist Church pastor who actively campaigned against illegal drugs was shot dead by two unidentified men in Barangay Bonbon, Cebu City, Sunday afternoon. Crisostomo Maternal Jr., an evangelist of the Bonbon Mission Church, was driving his motorcycle on his way home when two motorcycle-riding men shot him past 5 p.m. The […]


President Elect Duterte save small islands from mining.

June 7, 2016 · 


Civil society groups appeal to President-Elect Rodrigo Duturte to Declare small island ecosystems as No Go Zones for mining. 3 June 2016 To Mr. Rodrigo Duterte, the next Philippine President; We, inhabitants and environmental advocates of various island-ecosystems in the Philippines, write this letter to share and bring to your attention the destruction being done […]

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