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Philippine church learns from laity in fighting tyranny

November 15, 2017 ·  By Inday Espina-Varona, Manila Philippines for

Catholic lay groups lead a march in Manila to dramatize calls for respect of life amid drug-related killings in the country. / Photo by Angie de Silva

A united front is needed if there is to be an effective opposition to the deadly fallout from Duterte’s drugs policy. When students of the St. Scholastica’s College, a Catholic school for girls in Manila, recently flocked into the streets to show support for displaced tribal youths, the students were honoring decades of church aid for […]


Philippine prelate says drugs bigger problem than killings

November 15, 2017 ·  By Joe Torres and Inday Espina-Varona, Manila Philippines for

Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, incoming president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. ( file photo by Ruby Thursday More)

Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao’s comments sparks outrage among activists, other churchmen. The incoming president of the Philippine Catholic bishops’ conference has caused a stir by saying anti-drug proliferation efforts should take precedence over narcotics-related slayings in the country. Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao said Filipinos should “push, inspire and not condemn” the country’s police […]


“China’s Transplant System Has Horrified the World”

November 15, 2017 · 


Dear Editor in Chief of Manila Times, Although my wife and I respect your newspaper as one of the most balanced and “neutral” in recent months it was very appalling for us to see that Manila Times carried an article on Nov.09 2017, written “by Manila Times”, about the, pardon the word, nonsense about “China […]


PDEA chief sets monthly drug war ‘quota’ for regional offices

November 14, 2017 ·  By Rambo Talabong for

QUOTA. The PDEA chief sets a minimum number of operations that regional chiefs need to reach. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PDEA chief Aaron Aquino wants his regional offices to conduct 30 to 40 anti-drug operations per month MANILA, Philippines – Regional directors of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency have been ordered to meet a monthly quota of “30 to 40” anti-drug operations, PDEA chief Aaron Aquino told Rappler. “Pinepressure ko ang mga regional directors ko. […]


Trillanes files plunder complaint vs Gordon over P193M pork to Red Cross

November 14, 2017 ·  By Lian Buan for

SENATOR VS SENATOR. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV arrives at the Office of the Ombudsman to file a plunder complaint against fellow senator Richard Gordon on November 8, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

(UPDATED) The opposition senator rehashes accusations that Red Cross funds were used for Gordon’s 2010 and 2013 electoral campaigns MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV filed a plunder complaint against Senator Richard Gordon on Wednesday, November 8, before the Office of the Ombudsman over anomalies in the P193-million worth of pork barrel allocated […]


PHILIPPINES PH slides to 10th spot of Global Gender Gap report for 2017

November 10, 2017 ·  By Patty Pasion for

GENDER GAP. Philippines remains to be in the top 10 most gender equal countries in the world.

Despite the drop, the Philippines remains the most gender equal country in Asia MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines fell 3 notches – from 7th place last year to 10th place – in the ranking of the Global Gender Gap report in 2017. The report, released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Thursday, November 2, […]


PH ranks 5th worst country in unsolved media killings

November 9, 2017 ·  By Jodesz Gavilan for


While President Rodrigo Duterte created a task force to probe media killings, it has so far failed to hold accountable the people responsible for violence against journalists in the Philippines, the CPJ report says MANILA, Philippine – From 4th in 2016, the Philippines dropped to 5th in the 2017 Global Impunity Index of New York-based […]


La Salle backs EDSA procession vs killings on November 5

November 8, 2017 ·  By Paterno Esmaquel II for

REMEMBERING THE DEAD. Relatives of victims of extrajudicial killings light candles in a prayer service at the Caloocan Cathedral on October 24, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rapplerc

‘We act in solidarity with other Filipinos in fight for dignity of human life and democracy,’ De La Salle Philippines president Brother Armin Luistro says MANILA, Philippines – De La Salle Philippines voiced its support for the Mass and procession against drug war killings to be held along the Philippines’ iconic EDSA highway on Sunday, […]


Duterte: Let independent agencies probe my son

November 8, 2017 ·  By Mick Basa for

INVESTIGATE. The President met the media upon his arrival Tuesday, October 31, from a trip to Japan.

‘Who will believe me if I investigate my son?’ Duterte told reporters Tuesday night, at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte snapped back at detained Senator Leila de Lima for calling on him to pay attention to the alleged involvement of his son and son-in-law to […]


Rape within the family: The Philippines’ silent incest problem

November 8, 2017 ·  By NATASHYA GUTIERREZ for


ILOILO CITY, Philippines – Lori* was just 7 years old when she was raped for the first time. She doesn’t remember the date, or the time, but she remembers it was in June, a hot, summer day in Roxas City, where her mother is from. It was their first week there. Her mother was out, […]

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