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

November 10, 2017 ·  By Patty Pasion for www.rappler.com

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, […]

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PH ranks 5th worst country in unsolved media killings

November 9, 2017 ·  By Jodesz Gavilan for www.rappler.com

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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 […]

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La Salle backs EDSA procession vs killings on November 5

November 8, 2017 ·  By Paterno Esmaquel II for www.rappler.com

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, […]

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Duterte: Let independent agencies probe my son

November 8, 2017 ·  By Mick Basa for www.rappler.com

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 […]

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Rape within the family: The Philippines’ silent incest problem

November 8, 2017 ·  By NATASHYA GUTIERREZ for www.rappler.com

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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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Undas 2017: Pray for the ‘living dead,’ bishop says

November 3, 2017 ·  By Paterno Esmaquel II for www.rappler.com

NO TO KILLINGS. A candle-lighting ritual for victims of drug war killings is held at the San Roque Cathedral in Caloocan City on October 24, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David hits drug war killings as Filipinos remember the dead: ‘Dapat matigil na ang kahibangang ito!’ MANILA, Philippines – Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David criticized “the living dead” who either perpetrate or condone extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. David called for prayers for these people with “dead […]

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Irish priest calls for anti-terror style travel ban on paedophiles and sex offenders

November 3, 2017 ·  By Ed Carty for www.independent.ie

Irish priest calls for anti-terror style travel ban on paedophiles and sex offenders

A four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee has called on developed countries to ban paedophiles and suspected sex offenders from foreign travel in the same way as suspected terrorists. Father Shay Cullen, an Irish missionary who has been rescuing street children in the Philippines since 1974, said hundreds of thousands of sex tourists travel to the […]

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Battle is won but not the war, Philippine bishops warn

October 30, 2017 ·  By Joe Torres and Mark Saludes, Manila for www.ucanews.com

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Despite end to Marawi hostilities further outbreaks of terror in Mindanao are likely, they say Radical extremism remains a threat in Mindanao despite the Philippine government declaring on Oct. 23 an end to months of armed clashes with Islamic State-inspired gunmen in the city of Marawi, according to a senior churchman. Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of […]

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Drug claims vs Roxas, Drilon part of admin’s diversionary tactic – LP

October 30, 2017 ·  By Camille Elemia for www.rappler.com

DIVERSION? The Liberal Party hits the drug accusations against its former presidential bet Manuel Roxas II and Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon.

‘This latest drug allegation against prominent members of Partido Liberal clearly proves that this administration is going all-out to demonize the party in the eyes of the public,’ the party says MANILA, Philippines – The Liberal Party slammed the drug allegations against its stalwarts, former LP presidential bet Manuel Roxas II and Senate Minority Leader […]

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Duterte to Iloilo Mayor Mabilog: ‘You’re next’

October 27, 2017 ·  By Pia Ranada for www.rappler.com

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the ASEAN Law Association (ALA) Governing Council Commemorative Session and Concert Program at the Malacañan Palace on October 25, 2017, tackles the enormity of the illegal drug problem on the country and how he intends to address the issue. Malacañan Photo

President Rodrigo Duterte also admits he personally ordered the raid that killed Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr MANILA, Philippines – “You’re next.” This was President Rodrigo Duterte’s brief but chilling warning to Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog on Wednesday, October 25. Speaking at an ASEAN Law Association event in Malacañang, Duterte said: “The mayor […]

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