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Philippines: Candidates’ Views on Rights in Spotlight

Monday, 2 May 2016 | Written by

Two of the five presidential candidates in the Philippines, Mar Roxas and Miriam Defensor Santiago, responded to a questionnaire on key human rights issues facing the country, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing the responses. Topics covered include accountability for abuses by state security forces, ending torture, indigenous peoples’ rights, killings of journalists, HIV/AIDS, and internal displacement. The presidential…Read More »

CBCP: Election is responsibility more than victory

Monday, 2 May 2016 | Written by

The head of Manila’s Roman Catholic Church delivered a powerful message on servant leadership to the candidates for national positions during a Mass at the Manila Cathedral on Monday. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said the election of any candidate carries with it a great deal of responsibility more than victory. “In being candidates, you need to know that it is…Read More »

[Labor woes] Job creation down; 24 million employed in poor quality work under Aquino — IBON

Saturday, 30 April 2016 | Written by

Research group IBON said that while the Philippines saw growth, increasing corporate profits, investor confidence and international media hype under the Aquino administration, less new jobs were created, joblessness remains high, and the quality of work has worsened. Falling job creation under the incumbent administration has resulted in the most unemployed, underemployed, discouraged job-seekers, and overseas Filipino workers in the…Read More »

Abu Sayyaf beheads Canadian hostage; Trudeau expresses outrage

Thursday, 28 April 2016 | Written by

The Abu Sayyaf group (ASG) has beheaded a Canadian hostage held captive for months, eliciting condemnation from the Canadian government. John Ridsdel, 68 from Calgary, was executed after no ransom payment was made before the deadline. He was one of the four persons abducted by the terrorist group in southern Samal Island in September 2015 According to a police report,…Read More »

#COMELEAK: Hackers release sensitive personal data of PH voters online

Friday, 22 April 2016 | Written by

Personal information of millions of Filipino voters – including addresses and biometric data – were released in a website on Thursday (April 21), raising concerns among netizens on their privacy and security. Hackers who broke into the Commission on Elections (Comelec) website have uploaded the huge collection of personal data into a website, The site however is down as…Read More »

Duterte backtracks, says sorry for rape remark

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 | Written by

Presidential bet Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday (April 19) apologized for his controversial remark about a rape victim after he initially refused to say sorry amid widespread criticisms here and abroad. “I apologize to the Filipino people for my recent remarks in a rally. There was no intention of disrespecting our women and those who have been victims…Read More »

US warplanes to stay in PH – US Defense chief Carter

Sunday, 17 April 2016 | Written by

The Philippines and United States will sustain on a regular basis the joint patrols in the West Philippines as well as the rotational military exercises, according to US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. Carter said in a press conference on Thursday (April 14) that sustaining the naval patrols would improve the Philippine Navy’s capability and “contribute to the safety and security…Read More »

Gov’t assures enough power supply on election day

Sunday, 17 April 2016 | Written by

The government has expressed its determination to ensure adequate and uninterrupted electric power supply, especially during the election period. “Ang objective ng DOE (Department of Energy) ay talagang zero disruption, one week before and one week after May 9 — ito ang talagang ideal situation na kanilang nilalayong matamo. No power interruption one week before and after, para hindi magkaroon…Read More »

Napoles, 2 ex-solons granted bail for pork barrel case

Thursday, 14 April 2016 | Written by

The anti-graft court granted on Wednesday (April 13) the bail petition of former Apec Rep. Edgar Valdez and accused pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles for the plunder case filed against them. Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division allowed Valdez and Napoles to post P1.5 million bail each from plunder raps. The decision was issued just hours after the anti-graft court’s Fourth Division…Read More »

Gov’t allots P12-B for Senior High School enrollees

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 | Written by

As enrollment for Senior High School (SHS) for School Year 2016-2017 begins, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced that P12 billion in funds have been allocated in the 2016 National Budget to enable qualified students to enroll in private schools as well as non-DepEd (Department of Education) public schools that offer the SHS program. “This year’s budget supports…Read More »

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