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In southern Philippines, victims of prostitution are getting younger

October 13, 2015 ·  By Jefry Tupas, Davao City for www.ucanews.com

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Marie is expecting to have a baby in February next year. It’s no easy ordeal for the 16-year-old girl who lives in a Davao City slum. Every evening, Marie and her 14-year old lesbian partner, Lea, roam the streets of the city to look for clients. The young lovers are among the city’s prostituted children. […]

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Danish national faces raps for bringing a minor.

September 11, 2015 · 

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A 68-year-old Danish national  is facing trial for bringing to his hotel room a 16-year-old Cebuana whom he met through a dating website. Peter Sten Schibbye  was charged before the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office  with   child abuse or violation of  Republic Act 7610 , the the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination […]

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WB official lauds DSWD programs

September 11, 2015 · 

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PROGRAMS of the Department of Social Welfare and Development received praises from the World Bank. But a key official cautioned the importance of close monitoring so it will not be subject to abuse. “You have to keep on monitoring this.. (You should) have a maximum accountability and where there is not, you go after the […]

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Coal power plants in Bataan commit human rights violations.

September 9, 2015 · 

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Ash fall is just the tip of the iceberg. Residents of a Bataan town are facing violence and harassment amidst the fight against their eviction from their own land to accommodate the new coal-fired power plants Clinker and ash from coal are seen in seabeds in Lucanin, Mariveles, Bataan. All photos from Nuclear Free Bataan […]

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School head, 2 lumad leaders killed in Surigao del Sur.

September 9, 2015 · 

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The victims are known for their firm position on ancestral lands and their campaign against human rights violations targeting indigenous peoples A school director and two community leaders were killed by a paramilitary group in Lianga, Surigao del Sur, on Tuesday, September 1, according to a human rights group. Karapatan said that Emerico Samarte, executive […]

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Rural missionaries group condemns murder of a Lumad school executive, Lumad leader and cousin in Surigao del Sur

September 3, 2015 ·  By Philippine News

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Manila, Philippines – The Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) strongly condemned the merciless killing of Emerito Samarca, Executive Director of Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (Alcadev) together with Malahutayong Pakigbisog alang sa Sumusunod (Mapasu) chairperson Jionel Campos and his cousin Aurelio Sinzo who were killed by alleged members of para-military group […]

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ICT on upswing but PH still has costliest, slowest Internet.

August 30, 2015 · 

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MANILA, Philippines — Despite a continued upswing in the Philippines’ information and communications technology (ICT) sector this year, its Internet services are still among the most expensive and slowest in Asia, research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) said. IDC said, however, that the newly-implemented minimum broadband speed for fixed-line services is a step closer to […]

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“She (Justice Secretary De Lima) says I killed only 1,000? That’s cheap – Duterte

August 30, 2015 · 

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines – More than 3,000 vehicles coming from different parts of the country converged here in the city on Friday, August 28, for one mission: to convince the city mayor, Rodrigo Duterte, to run for president. Colorful streamers and banners bearing the face and name of the tough-talking mayor covered the city’s Rizal […]

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Philippine Church urged to speak out about journalists’ murders.

August 30, 2015 · 

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  The National Press Club of the Philippines sharply criticized the country’s political and church leaders for their silence over a series of killings of journalists in recent weeks. “Impunity continues because everybody is silent,” said Joel Egco, press club president. “Nobody cares.” “The government is not protecting us, the police are not going after […]

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Pemberton admits strangling Laude ‘in self defense’ – lawyer

August 29, 2015 · 

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  OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines – United States Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton, on trial here for the alleged murder of transgender Filipina Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude in October 2014, admitted he strangled her but added it was “in self defense.” Pemberton appeared at the Regional Trial Court Branch 74 as a witness for the defense […]

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