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PH hails Iraqi Kurdistan’s new anti-human trafficking body

June 15, 2016 ·  By US Bureau for

Philippine Embassy Chargè d’Affaires Elmer G. Cato meets with Director General Sami Jalal Hussein, head of the newly created High Committee to Combat Human Trafficking in Erbil, to discuss issues involving Filipino workers in the region. (PHILIPINE EMBASSY/JEROME FRIAZ

ERBIL, Iraq—The Philippine Embassy in Baghdad June 8 commended the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq for stepping up its efforts to combat human trafficking in the country’s northern region. In a statement, the Embassy cited the recent creation by Kurdish authorities of an interagency body that would handle human trafficking cases, saying the move would […]


Pope Francis calls for an end to child slavery

June 14, 2016 ·  By


(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has issued a heartfelt appeal to all men and women of goodwill to join in the effort to remove the causes of modern slavery. Speaking after the recitation of the Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope, once again, highlighted some of the priorities of today’s world and referred specifically […]


Briton Richard Huckle jailed for Malaysia sex abuse

June 7, 2016 ·  By UK for


A British man has been given 22 life sentences after admitting 71 charges of sex abuse against children in Malaysia aged from six months to 12 years old. Police believe Richard Huckle, 30, from Ashford, Kent, abused up to 200 children from mainly poor communities. The Old Bailey judge described a 60-page paedophile manual Huckle […]


How child abuser Richard Huckle was caught

June 7, 2016 ·  By Angus Crawford for


One word and a freckle indirectly led to Richard Huckle’s arrest. Police in Australia and Europe were aware of a paedophile site called the Love Zone hidden in the so-called dark web. It was protected by passwords, encryption and specialist software. Users were totally anonymous. The images and videos there were particularly disturbing – showing […]


Ore stockpile removal angers Filipino islanders

June 6, 2016 ·  By Elmer Recuerdo, Eastern Samar Philippines for

Father Nino Garcia of San Lorenzo parish on Manicani island joins calls for a stop to the removal of nickel ore from the island. ( photo by Elmer Recuerdo)

Resumption of nickel mine activities on small island threatens local environment, church officials say Catholic diocesan officials called on the government to stop a mining company from removing a huge stockpile of nickel ore from a small island in the central Philippines. Removing the ore from Manicani island in Leyte Gulf will only create further […]


Bishops face sack for mishandling abuse under papal plans

June 6, 2016 ·  By Europe for


Pope Francis has approved measures to sack bishops who mishandle child sexual abuse cases, a papal decree says. Bishops who are “negligent” in dealing with priests committing abuse will be removed under the new legal procedures. The decree comes in response to long-running demands by abuse victims and their supporters to hold bishops accountable if […]


5 dead as street executions start

June 6, 2016 ·  By Carla P. Gomez, Joel Franco, Nestor P. Burgos Jr. for

AT THE wake of suspected drug lord Rowen Secretaria in Banacon Island, Genafe town in Bohol province, a girl, who saw the police raid on Secretaria’s house, demonstrates how law enforcers shot Secretaria. TONEE DESPOJO/CEBU DAILY NEWS

Gunmen carry out Duterte-inspired killings of suspects in 3 provinces ILOILO CITY—Five bodies in three provinces in three days. Five men, including a lawyer, fell victims to what appear to be cases of summary execution in Iloilo, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental from Thursday to Saturday. The killings came as President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, who told […]


OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA – Slaves of modern times: 10 million more in the world compared to 2015

June 2, 2016 ·  By


Minderoo (Agenzia Fides) – About 46 million people, including millions of children, are currently living in conditions of modern slavery. This is what was highlighted in a study released by the Australian Foundation Walk Free sent to Agenzia Fides. The appalling figure involves 167 Countries, India tops the list. The phenomenon includes human trafficking, forced […]


Richard Huckle faces life sentences for Malaysia child abuse

June 2, 2016 ·  By UK for


A British man is facing multiple life sentences for numerous sex crimes against Malaysian children which he boasted about on the “dark web”. Richard Huckle, 30, from Ashford in Kent, admitted the offences against victims aged between six months and 12 years, from 2006 to 2014. It is believed Huckle abused up to 200 children. […]


PHILIPPINES Duterte on killings: Corrupt journalists asked for it

June 2, 2016 ·  By Agence France-Presse for

DUTERTE. Philippines' President-elect Rodrigo Duterte (C) talks to Cabinet members during a press conference in the southern Philippine city of Davao on May 31, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/Davao City Mayor's Office/AFP

The foul-mouthed politician launches a series of post-election tirades against criminals and repeats his vows to kill them – particularly drug traffickers, rapists and murderers DAVAO, Philippines – Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday, May 31, that corrupt journalists were legitimate targets of assassination, as he amped up his anti-crime crusade with bounty offers […]

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