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DDB chief resigns after comment on mega drug rehab center

November 16, 2017 ·  By Kristine Joy Patag ( for

In this photo, the Dangerous Drugs Board said that it will launch its "Love Life. Fight Drugs" campaign that "aims to change the prevailing law enforcement focused narrative of the anti-drug campaign." A day later, DDB Chief Dionisio Santiago said that the government's massive drug-rehabilitation facillity project is a "mistake" and "impractical." The STAR/Janvic Mateo

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 3:15 p.m.) — Dangerous Drugs Board chairman Dionisio Santiago has filed his resignation four months after being appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte. Santiago’s resignation comes in the wake of comments that construction of a large-scale drug rehabilitation facility in Nueva Ecija had been a mistake. Santiago, on October 31, said the government’s […]


Despite brief lull, continuous drug killings observed

November 16, 2017 ·  By Audrey Morallo ( for

London-based Amnesty International on Saturday claimed that drug-related killings are still happening despite the government's designation of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency as the lead office in the war on drugs. Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times/World Press Photo via AP, File

MANILA, Philippines — Drug-related killings are still happening albeit at a lower rate after President Rodrigo Duterte transferred the responsibility of the campaign to the government’s anti-drug agency. Amnesty International observed this trend, after having condemned it as “public relations” move, and said that for as long as suspects in drug killings were free the […]


Broadcaster killed in ambush in Surigao del Sur

November 16, 2017 ·  By Mick Basa for

AMBUSHED. Broadcaster Christopher Iban Lozada is killed in an ambush in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur. Photo from the Facebook page of Chris Iban Lozada

(UPDATED) The fatal ambush on Christopher Iban Lozada happened after he received death threats, some of which he posted on his Facebook page, says the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines DAVAO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – A 29-year-old broadcaster died in Bislig City in Surigao del Sur on Tuesday night, October 24, after unidentified […]


Preda – Ireland an approved charity saving healing abused children

November 15, 2017 · 


Preda – Ireland an approved charity saving healing abused children in partnership  with  Peoples Recovery Empowerment Development Assistance(p.r.e.d.a)Foundation Inc. Since 1974  Charity number:  CHY 16815 A SOCIAL AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION PROTECTING CHILDREN        PRESS RELEASE 17th NOVEMBER 2017    Irish missionary Fr. Shay Cullen  to receive Prestigious Martin Buber Plaque Award     […]


Philippines says government militia killed Italian priest

November 15, 2017 ·  By JIM GOMEZ, ASSOCIATED PRESS for

State Prosecutor Senior Assistant Peter Ong points to his chest to show where bullets hit the Italian Catholic missionary Rev. Fausto Tentorio during an interview at the Department of Justice in Manila, Philippines, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Ong said the Philippine government militiamen gunned down Tentorio in a 2011 attack, which state prosecutors say may have been carried out with the knowledge of two army commanders in the country's south. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippine government militiamen gunned down an Italian Catholic missionary in a 2011 attack which prosecutors say may have been carried out with the knowledge of two army commanders in the country’s south, a justice official said Friday. A Justice Department panel led by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong recommended murder complaints be filed against a dozen […]


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 […]

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