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After months of talks, PH rejects all grants from EU

October 24, 2017 ·  By Paterno Esmaquel II for www.rappler.com

EU GRANTS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines has decided to reject all kinds of grants from the European Union. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippine government will formally relay this decision to EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen MANILA, Philippines – After months of talks with the European Union (EU), the Philippines announced it is rejecting all kinds of grants from the EU because of conditions that Europeans can supposedly use […]

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Philippine House fails to renew license of bishops’ radio network

October 23, 2017 ·  By Catholic News Service for www.ncronline.org

Members of the congregation pray during a Sept. 22 Mass at a Catholic church in Quezon City, Philippines. The Philippine House of Representatives has not renewed the license of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines to operate dozens of radio stations across the country. (CNS/Dondi Tawatao, Reuters)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Philippine House of Representatives has not renewed the license of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines to operate dozens of radio stations across the country. The bishops lodged an application to renew the license in January, because their previous one was due to expire Aug. 7, reported ucanews.com. The application, […]

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Most Filipinos believe EJKs happen in war on drugs – poll

October 17, 2017 ·  By Bea Cupin for www.rappler.com

PROBE. Scene of the Crime Operatives at a crime scene in Caloocan City, Spetember 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler/File

(UPDATED) While 88% support the war on drugs, 73% also believe EJKs are happening in its conduct MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Although a majority of Filipinos support President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, majority also believe that “extrajudicial killings… are happening in the implementation of the campaign against illegal drugs,” according to a September 2017 […]

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Wrong info leads Duterte to threaten EU diplomats

October 16, 2017 ·  By Paterno Esmaquel II for www.rappler.com

TIRADE VS EU. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the relaunching of the Malacañang Press Briefing Room at the New Executive Building on October 12, 2017. Malacañang photo

Malacañang itself admits that President Rodrigo Duterte was reacting to a foreign delegation that does not represent the EU MANILA, Philippines – Wrong information led President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, October 12, to threaten to expel diplomats of the European Union (EU) within 24 hours. Malacañang itself admitted that Duterte was reacting to a foreign […]

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Trader, 71, nabbed for child abuse in Makati condo

October 13, 2017 ·  By Philippine Daily Inquirer for newsinfo.inquirer.net

A little girl poses for photographs to illustrate the topic of child abuse in Canberra, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013.  (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING

Police rescued a Grade 9 student from a 71-year-old businessman who allegedly lured underaged girls with fancy dinners and branded clothes in exchange for sex inside his condominium unit. Makati City policemen, social workers and the victim’s mother caught Elias Cosme with the 15-year-old girl at his condo unit in Barangay Bel-Air around 5 p.m. […]

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From the city to the mountains, teachers dedicate lives for Lumad right to education

October 12, 2017 ·  By Anne Marxze Umil for www.bulatlat.com

Geming Andrea Alonzo with her son Damian. (Photo from Geming Alonzo’s Facebook page)

Despite the attacks on Lumad schools, there are dedicated teachers who choose to continue their work for Lumad children. They have also become the target of the attacks as there are trumped up charges against these teachers and some are even languishing in jail. The attacks have continued and intensified since martial law was declared […]

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European Parliament told: Don’t interfere in Philippines

October 12, 2017 ·  By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) for www.philstar.com

European Union heads of state and government gather for a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, March 10, 2017. Francois Lenoir, Pool Photo via AP

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government has appealed to the European Parliament to reconsider its threat to remove zero tariffs on trade if the Duterte administration fails to address serious concerns about extrajudicial killings in the country. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella made the appeal as he called on the body to “allow the country to […]

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PH can be kicked out of UN council if killings continue – HRW

October 12, 2017 ·  By Jodesz Gavilan for www.rappler.com

Human Rights Watch Geneva director John Fisher says the Philippine delegation 'dug themselves deeper into the hole' with their response to the recommendations by member-states in the United Nations Human Rights Council

Human Rights Watch Geneva director John Fisher says the Philippine delegation ‘dug themselves deeper into the hole’ with their response to the recommendations by member-states in the United Nations Human Rights Council MANILA, Philippines – Human Rights Watch (HRW) reminded the Philippine government that as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, it […]

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‘Honeymoon’ over, opposition says after drop in Duterte ratings

October 11, 2017 ·  By Patty Pasion for www.rappler.com

DECLINE. President Rodrigo Duterte's net satisfaction rating drops by 18 points in the September 2017 survey of the Social Weather Stations. His net trust rating also declines by 15 points. Malacañang file photo

Critics say Filipinos are now seeing the truth behind President Rodrigo Duterte’s ’empty’ promise of change MANILA, Philippines – Opposition group Tindig Pilipinas said the steep drop in President Rodrigo Duterte’s satisfaction and trust ratings is an expected development that means his “honeymoon” with Filipinos is over. Duterte’s net satisfaction rating declined by 18 points […]

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Priest calls for travel ban on pedophiles

October 10, 2017 ·  By www.sbs.com.au

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A four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee has called on developed countries to ban pedophiles 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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