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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 […]


Tough justice: On the trail of Philippine death squads

March 28, 2016 ·  By David McNeill in Davao, The Philippines for


They came to kill her children one by one. First was Richard in 2001, then his brother Christopher. Bobby was taken from her the following year, and Fernando in 2007. Now Clarita Alia lives in fear that Arnold, her remaining son, is next. And far from protecting her shattered family, it is the police who […]


Ex-Davao del Sur governor, 5 others get 24 years for graft.

March 10, 2016 · 


The former government officials are convicted over the anomalous purchase of 5 service vehicles in 2003   MANILA, Philippines – The Sandiganbayan found ex-Davao del Sur governor Benjamin Bautista Jr and 5 other former provincial officials guilty of 4 counts of graft over the purchase of 5 service vehicles in 2003. In a 17-page decision […]

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