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Bishops voice outrage at Duterte plan to scrap rights body

August 22, 2017 ·  By

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to close the country’s Commission on Human Rights during his State of the Nation Address on July 24. (Photo by Richard Madelo)

Philippine president wants to do away with human rights commission after it critcized drugs war At least two Catholic bishops have attacked Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte after he announced he intends to abolish the country’s human rights commission. Bishop Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon said the president was “out of his mind.” In his State of […]


CA rejects Taguiwalo as DSWD chief

August 22, 2017 · 

REJECTED. Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo respond to questions in her final confirmation hearing on August 16, 2017. Photo by Alex Nueva Espana/PRIB

Editors’ Note: In relation to this report, Rappler apologizes for mistakenly publishing the draft of a story – “Duterte to appoint Nikki Prieto-Teodoro as DSWD chief” – that was still being verified. We have taken down the post. Please see our “Corrections” page for August 2017. MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – The Commission on Appointments […]


Info: Bird-Flu Philippines

August 18, 2017 · 


Dear colleagues, After crosschecking with the medical department in Eschborn and an interest regarding the bird flu cases kindly see the below links for your information: As you probably know the Department of Agriculture ordered the slaughter of about 200,000 birds due to an avian flu epidemic at several poultry farms in Pampanga province, about […]


Davao archbishop elected CBCP president

August 17, 2017 · 

In this Dec. 4, 2015 photo, then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte speaks with Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles days after his controversial speech where he complained about Pope Francis’ visit in the Philippines.

MANILA, Philippines – Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, who had advised President Duterte against cursing, has been elected president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). Valles will replace CBCP president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, whose term will end on Nov. 30. The Davao prelate was chosen during the CBCP’s 115th plenary assembly […]


More child porn predators arrested, victims rescued

August 16, 2017 ·  By Associated Press for

In this April 20, 2017, file photo, members of the National Bureau of Investigation and FBI gather evidence at the home of suspected child webcam cybersex operator, David Timothy Deakin, from Peoria, Ill., during a raid in Mabalacat, Philippines. Authorities in the Philippines on May 5, 2017, arrested three women who were livestreaming sexually exploitative videos of girls to men paying by the minute to watch from half a world away. The incident came just two weeks after Deakin’s arrest where authorities gathered one of the largest seizures of illicit digital content in the country. AP

Authorities in the Philippines have rescued four girls and arrested a mother and two other women for allegedly livestreaming sexually exploitative videos of children to men paying by the minute to watch from the United States. Three sisters ages 8, 9 and 12, and an 11-year-old found in a separate rescue, are now in a […]


‘Fat but fit’ still risk heart disease

August 16, 2017 ·  By Health for


People who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of heart disease even if they appear medically healthy, experts are warning. The work, in the European Heart Journal, is further evidence against the idea people can be “fat but fit”. The researchers studied health data on more than half a million people in 10 […]


7 fall in cybersex den raid in Gingoog City

August 16, 2017 ·  By Jigger J. Jerusalem - @inquirerdotnet for


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Authorities on Wednesday said they were investigating the extent of the operation of a group running a cybersex den following a raid in Gingoog City on Monday. Armed with a search warrant issued by a local judge, operatives from the Gingoog police, a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, and […]


Philippines: LGBT Students Face Bullying, Abuse

August 16, 2017 ·  By

A girl covers anti-LGBT messages in rainbow handprints during a Pride rally in Manila on June 27, 2015. © 2015 Bullit Marquez/AP Photo

Discrimination and Lack of Support Undermine Right to Education (Manila, June 22, 2017) – Students across the Philippines experience bullying and discrimination in school because of their sexual orientation and gender identity, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. While Philippine law provides protections against discrimination and exclusion in schools, lawmakers and school […]


Guro sa Olongapo inireklamo dahil sa ‘panghihipo’ sa 11-anyos na estudyante

August 15, 2017 ·  By


Pansamantalang inilipat ng klase ang isang lalaking guro matapos akusahan ng isang 11-anyos na mag-aaral nang panghihipo sa kanyang ari. Sa ulat sa 24 Oras nitong Sabado, umiiyak na isinalaysay ng bata ang ginawa umanong kahalayan ng kanyang guro. Pinapunta umano siya ng 23-anyos na guro sa ilalim ng isa sa mga hagdan ng kanilang […]


Duterte on Fentanyl use: Felt like cloud nine

August 15, 2017 ·  By ABS-CBN News for


MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday brought up again his controversial use of pain reliever Fentanyl. In a speech in Davao City, Duterte admitted that he took more than the required dosage of the pain reliever because apart from easing his burden, it also made him feel like he was “on cloud nine.” “Iyung […]

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